Tip: Make 2 Story Curtains for Whole Lot Less Than Custom

by Nadine
One of the features I love most about my house is my two story living room. I always knew I wanted to have 2 story curtains for my 2 windows, which are about 18' feet high. I had priced custom curtains and the custom shops wanted $2k for 2 windows. I knew that was not going to happen. Here is what I did:

1. Purchased 8 ready made lined curtain panels on clearance for a total cost of $238.00 ($29.75 a panel). sizes were 4(108") and 4 (120")
2. Had 2 panels sewed together for each side of the windows to create the length I needed. My curtains have a flocked pattern so when sewing we matched the pattern.
3. The reason I purchased 4 curtains in 120" length is that I wanted to have enough fabric to make tie backs to cover the seams if needed. So if you are not a good sewer, it doesn't matter - just cover the seams with tie backs or get help from a friend or seamstress or even a dry cleaner that does alterations.

However, once the panels were sewn together and hung, the seams were not even noticeable so I decided to leave the tie backs out. You have to really examine the curtains closely to see the seams. Friends and family come over and think that they are one long panel.

Anyone can do this by buying new or used curtains(the best deal I found on used curtains are at hotel liquidator places). So a person could do these long panels for even less.
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  • Eri12894383 Eri12894383 on Jan 27, 2017

    Absolutely stunning. Very dramatic effect. Great job.

  • Dee Dee on Jan 27, 2017

    What a great idea. Saves a ton of money. The curtains look beautiful.

  • Amy Amy on Jan 28, 2017

    just curious, how do u open and close them?

    • Nadine Nadine on Jan 28, 2017

      I don't close them. They are just there for looks. I am one of those people who need lots of light and never close any of the curtains in my house and close blinds on some windows only for privacy. At one point, I had shades on these windows (which I could control) but removed them because they took away some of the light.

  • Hillela G. Hillela G. on Jan 29, 2017

    Love these!!! Thanks for sharing!

  • Joye R. Foster Joye R. Foster on Jan 29, 2017

    I did the same thing using brown curtains. The horizontal seam shows clearly when the light shows through them. I thought of putting a fabric band across them, but could not find anything that looks good. Any suggestions?

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    • Canadianlady Canadianlady on Feb 01, 2017

      One of the trends in curtains is to sew a contrasting strip across the width of the drape, either along the bottom or even in the middle. You could rip out the seams where the drapes have been joined together, and rejoin, only add a six to 18" contrasting or decorative strip. I don't think you could just sew the strip right across the existing drapes without adding too much bulk. Just a suggestion.

  • Annie Doherty Annie Doherty on Jan 29, 2017

    Your curtains are awesome, as is your beautiful sitting room, it's so light and bright I love it, thank you.

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  • Julie M. Julie M. on Feb 01, 2017


  • Your room is amazing! Great tip! I would want to lounge in there all the time.

  • Joye R. Foster Joye R. Foster on Feb 02, 2017

    That is a fantastic idea!