Make CHEAP Cheap Sheet Curtains With Pipe Curtain Rods - With VIDEO

2 Hours
I had a spare room in my home I turned into a photo studio. But with south facing windows, the light was pretty harsh and direct. Not a bad problem to have!
But that's not good for photos. Diffusing the light was the goal.
With cheap sheets from Ikea and a few pipe fittings, the perfect, sun diffusing curtains were born.
Included is a video on how to use a hand held pipe cutter... they are super affordable and do an amazing job.
Here's how I did it...
Click to see the rest of the room on Hometalk
Industrial meets beach. Love this classic, funky style!
These cheap sheet curtains are the perfect light diffusers! Teamed up with pipe fittings and mop head strings, they are easy to make too.
The windows before did not work. They had those massive sliding blinds that blocked out the light completely when closed. Not good. Let's fix this room up right.
The plumbing components can be found at any hardware store. You'll also require an anchor and screw kit.
VIDEO / A hand held pipe cutter can be had for around $15 and is SO easy to use!
Cheap Ikea sheets (about $3) made the best presewn curtain panels. They are sheer and gauzy to allow the light to penetrate, yet still stop the glare.
A new mop head offered the coolest tabs for curtains. I just cut the strings, knotted them and sewed them onto the sheets. The blog post link shows you more detail.
The cheap sheet and pipe curtains polished the room off perfectly! They'd be perfect for any room you desire a little softness, yet to allow that amazing light in.

Click the blog link below for more!
Donna at Funky Junk Interiors
Want more details about this and other DIY projects? Check out my blog post!
Frequently asked questions
Have a question about this project?
  2 questions
  • Trudy Bowlin Trudy Bowlin on May 20, 2016
    Where is the mop string at, i can't see it in the pic?

  • Karen Karen on Sep 23, 2017
    How long are the sheets?

Join the conversation
3 of 15 comments
  • Ann Ann on Jul 19, 2017
    The view out of the windows looks completely different?

    • FunkyJunk Interiors -...Canada Good eye Ann! When I was cleaning up the room, it was still winter. Once the curtains were done, it was spring / summer. I used an earlier shot to capture the before.

  • Smobley Smobley on Jun 05, 2020

    Using spray painted pvc pipe instead of metal piping helps cut cost of the hardware and makes rods more light weight.