Front Door Curtains

Charlotte@Living Well on the Cheap  —  July 18, 2012 — 5 Comments

I want to thank y’all for all your kind words and promises of thoughts and prayers after I shared about Jack’s hips on Monday. It really means a lot to me to know that so many people care, and it was comforting to hear of others who’ve had a similar experience. Here’s hoping that everything grows into place and those hips are good as new in no time!

Today I want to tell you about a project I did way before this blog was even a twinkle in my eye. Our front entryway features an amazing pair of glass-paned french doors original to the house. I love them.

But, beautiful as they are, all that glass is not so great for privacy. And since we live on a street with a fair amount of foot traffic, not to mention a mailman who walks right up to the door, putting up some light-filtering drapes was one of the first things I did when we moved in. I found it disconcerting for anyone who knocked on my door to be able to see my entire living room.

I got some really inexpensive patterned fabric at Hobby Lobby and hemmed it on all four sides, then sewed some random pleats along the top to make it just barely wider than my window. My first thought was actually to hang some woven or bamboo shades on these doors, but they’re too narrow for anything not-custom-made to work (the glassed area on each door is only about 14″ wide).

I didn’t want to put a bunch of holes in the wood, and curtain rods would be kind of silly here anyway, so I just stuck some adhesive velcro along the top edge of each panel and used that to affix it to the door. The idea was that the velcro would make it easier for me to take them down to wash them, but that’s never happened in real life.

The fabric is probably not what I would pick if I were doing this project today, but I don’t mind it. Blues and greens are still kinda my jam.

This was seriously, like, the easiest thing ever. I can’t believe I’ve never shared it on my blog before. If you don’t know how to sew you could always just finish the edges with iron-on hem tape. I know from experience that the adhesive velcro will probably take some of the paint with it when it comes off someday, but the good news is that if I want to switch out the fabric I can do so without having to remove it. I’ll just slap some fresh velcro on the new fabric and stick it to the same old stuff that’s been on the door this entire time. Easy peasy.

Charlotte@Living Well on the Cheap


5 responses to Front Door Curtains

  1. Great idea. I never would have thought of velcro to hold curtains in place.

  2. That IS a great idea! I have a back door that I left uncovered but I don’t like the idea of it being so easy to see into my kitchen… this velcro thing would be the perfect answer. Thank you for the post!

  3. How heavy or light does the material have to be? Is there a certain kind of Velcro ? I live in apartment. Single mom. Don’t want to hassle with screws. We face the sun when it sets. Beautiful in spring and winter. But. Summer in Vegas….. The living room is very warm even with the vertical blinds.

    • Charlotte@Living Well on the Cheap April 29, 2014 at 10:30 pm

      The material I used was just a lightweight cotton, but the Velcro I had was super strong and I think would hold even heavier curtains. I already had the adhesive Velcro and don’t remember the details, so sorry. I think I got it at a craft store.

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