Dust sheet curtains, serious budget styling.

So what do you do when you need curtains but you can’t afford curtains? You make them from a £10 dust sheet of course!

I can’t take full credit for the idea, a good friend of mine did it before me and basically I have copied her, but as they say, imitation is the sincerest form of flattery. I’m in bed feeling all fluey and sorry for myself, so this won’t be a long post, but I haven’t written here for a while and I wanted to share as I’m so pleased with the results.

So, I took these rather mundane looking things and after about 40 minutes work I ended up with this…

I was originally wanting linen curtains, but the ones I was looking at would have cost about £80 to cover this large 2m75 wide opening. What with many projects on the go this was an expense I couldn’t justify. I didn’t want to completely block out the light, just the glare as the sun comes round in the afternoon and I absolutely love how the light comes through the material, it’s warm and inviting and does the job perfectly.

I won’t pretend this project wasn’t without it’s issues, the fabric was an absolute bitch to sew, I had to play around with the stitch tension until it stopped puckering, this was after a false start and having to unpick about a metre. I was very fortunate that I only had to sew one seam, along the top, to accommodate the pole. The B&Q dust sheet is already hemmed the whole way round and this 2.7 x 3.6m one was the perfect size for the opening. I decided not to use curtain tape and hoops as I wanted to keep things as simple as possible, that and I had a school run to do!

The muted colour tones well with our simple decor, for me curtains should become part of the wall and I prefer them to not stand out too much. I decided to keep it as one big panel, as opposed to splitting into 2. The curtain can be drawn to either side, the pole, made from an old hand rail that my husband just happened to have hanging around in the garage, which he sanded down, is strong enough to not need a support in the middle. It’s yet to be put up properly and once secured will be closer to the ceiling.

Another important factor for me to consider was the that the curtains would be visible from either side and their simplicity and single layer mean they loom great from any angle. I sat and admired them the other evening, whilst supping on some yummy wine, feeling a bit pleased with myself I must say. I love a good bargain make!

What do you think?
Here was my inspiration, at my friend Rachel’s lovely house..

2021 Update –

I took the photo below earlier today and realised I haven’t talked about these curtains in quite some time.

I still absolutely love them, they look as good now, almost 4 years on, as the day they went up.

One of my best diy’s, even if I do say so myself.

This was one of those little, rough blog posts, one I wasn’t sure anyone would be that interested in. But over the years I’ve had so many positive messages about these simple curtains. The way the sunlight filters through softly, perfect.

7 Comments Add yours

  1. Alex says:

    Thank You! My husband has been trying to talk me into dust sheet curtains for ages but I was not convinced until I read your blog. Really excited about them now. Do you know anything about dying this kind of material?

    1. ❤❤ Alex. In terms of dying them, you’d need to check what they’re made of, anything synthetic won’t dye.

      1. Alex says:

        Thanks for the tip Alice. I love your website – very inspiring! Can you tell me about the two chairs that are in the photo of your friends house at the end of dust sheet article? x

      2. Thank you ❤ those chairs are the Ikea Ekenäset, I have one too. Love it, super comfy.

  2. Dan says:

    Hey there. We’re about to copy this idea. Any suggestions on where to get the sheets as all retailer’s do different versions etc

    1. Hello Dan, I’m afraid as it’s been a few years since I made these I can’t speak for what they are like now. I was having a conversation with a friend the other day though about the fact the B&Q ones aren’t what they were. I’d have a look around and see who does sheets that are the most fabric like, avoiding the ones that feel very plastic based.
      Good luck.

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