This Clever Hack Makes Luxe Linen Curtains $150 — Not $1,000

published Jun 13, 2022
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When Cathy Poshusta, the blogger behind “The Grit and Polish,” wanted new curtains for her primary bedroom, she came up with a creative solution, which I spotted on her recent Reel. “I really liked the idea of linen sheers,” she says. “It’s a first-floor bedroom, so I wanted some privacy, but I also wanted to let the light in. But when I priced out linen curtains, I was floored at the cost.” Then Poshusta remembered her sister had hung up tablecloths as curtains, and she thought to herself, “Why not do the same with sheets?”

Poshusta already had curtain clips, which she purchased years ago at Restoration Hardware along with her rods. (You can find similar ones by searching for “Clip Rings,” and these aged brass ones are similar to hers.) Then when she checked the measurements, she says, “It turns out king-size sheets fit our nine-foot high curtain rods perfectly.” Since the rings she was using had clips, and the dimensions worked out, Poshusta didn’t have to sew at all for this project. Depending on your windows though, you might have to do a little tucking, trimming, or hemming.

Poshusta opted for two of the Legends Hotel Relaxed Linen flat sheets from The Company Store because she already owned their bedding, but she notes that she likes the look of natural linen. These sheets also currently on sale for just $78 each, so the whole project was just over $150, which is very competitive for such large drapery. In fact, this cost’s a little over one-tenth of the $1,000 Poshusta estimated linen window treatments here would run.

One tip to make the sheets look polished is what Poshusta calls “a good faux pleat,” which she says she accomplished by pinching the fabric and clipping from the inside (there’s a close up in her Instagram video, where you can see this technique at work ). Make sure to pinch your pleats all in the same direction, and you’ll be good to go!