You guys, I’m finally blogging today! My slowed blogging schedule is a result of my limited bandwidth. I may be crazy but I still believe someday I’ll get to a point I can blog more frequently AND do all the other things I like/want/have to do. Until I reach that point, my blog posts will be quality but not quantity – I hope you’re OK with that!
I’m thrilled to share this easy IKEA hack with you today! This isn’t a novel idea by any means, but after posting a photo on Instagram the other day, a lot of you asked me to show you how I did this, so here’s my method of getting a pinched pleat effect on budget curtain panels.
Before I get into it, here’s the backstory: we bought this house last October, and my daughter Mara’s room has a sliding glass door that leads to the side of our home with a nice (#opposite) view of our neighbor’s garage/work area. We have plans to remove the slider altogether and replace with a window (I don’t want my daughter escaping the house through this slider when she’s older!), but no timeline for this yet so it was crucial that I cover the glass doors for privacy sake. I toyed with hanging jewel toned velvet curtains, and blackout makes sense in a toddler’s room, but Mara is a good napper and hasn’t ever needed blackout, and I didn’t want to eliminate all that natural light! Plus we are early risers so I don’t mind if my kids wake up when the sun is up. So, given that these treatments are temporary and that I didn’t want to invest too much dough, I turned to IKEA.
IKEA curtain panels are amazing, they come SUPER long so you can hem them yourself to achieve the perfect length. They sell a variety of colors and fabric styles, and they’re extremely budget friendly.
Here are the materials you need for this project:
- 4 panels IKEA RITVA curtains in white (buy two packages, as each package comes with 2 curtain panels)
- 4 packs of SYRLIG curtain rings+clips (similar here)
- French return matte black curtain rod
- white all purpose sewing thread
- sewing Machine (if you don’t want to use a sewing machine, use iron-on hemming tape, similar here)
The whole “anatomy of a finished curtain” thing is something I can’t wrap my head around, so I hemmed my curtain panels while they were already hung. If you can do the math to hem your curtains prior to hanging, please do! For those who are curtain challenged like I am, here’s what I did:
First, I threaded the curtain rings on the rod, then began hanging each panel. The trick to create a pinched pleat effect with IKEA curtains is to fold the fabric over itself twice to create a ‘pleat’ then clip the two folded sections together. I placed the clip at the bottom of the hem, in the same spot each time so the curtains would be uniform height across the span of the window. Pinched pleat curtains take up a lot more fabric than other curtain styles, which is why you need to double up your curtain panels. Each folded pleat is about 3/4″ -1″ in depth, and I spaced them about 4″ apart from the next pleat. No problem if you end with extra curtain rings, just try to keep the distance between each pleat uniform.
You can really see the pinched pleat look when you take a step back. I love the texture it adds! It certainly looks more tailored imo.
Once the curtains were hung, I pinned the curtains at the bottom so that the hem kisses the floor. I then brought in a TV tray (don’t judge!) and ironed the hem to get it nice and crisp. Then, while the curtains were still hung, I brought in my sewing machine, plopped it on top of the TV tray, and hemmed the curtains! So easy! Once I was done sewing the hem, I trimmed the excess fabric on the backside.
I did about a 4″ hem, I did not do any fancy double-turned hem or anything like that, so if you look at the reverse side of my curtains, you will see a raw edge above the sew line. You can opt for a more polished hem by trimming the excess length first, then double-turning the fold to avoid a raw edge on the backside of the curtain.
What do you think? Is this project good enough to be considered a HACK?
bedroom sources: rocking chair | cat + bear stuffed animal friends | Franco Albini ottoman (similar) | rug (vintage)| disco ball (similar) | French return matte black curtain rod | white curtain panels