One of my many pet peeves when it comes to decorating is that curtains come in 84” and 96” lengths, which is always about 2 to 3 inches too short.
I love the look of a full, long curtain in a room.
A couple of years ago, I bought a 20 year old builder grade home. I have a plan to stay short term, so I do not want to put a lot of money into this house.
I painted the living room and dining room navy blue and proceeded to look for appropriate curtains. They are formal rooms, so I didn’t want panels with big grommets, which are very popular.
I looked and looked for something store bought and couldn’t find anything. I found something that would have worked at JCPenney, but the lengths available were 84, 96 and 108 inches.
I was planning to go to Philadelphia to look for fabric to have some panels custom made when I decided to give JCPenney one more chance.
I looked at the navy and gold panels again and they were on SALE! I really didn’t want the 96” panels but it suddenly dawned on me that I could get the 108” panels and shorten them.
They were on super sale – I got 6 panels for $102!
They aren’t lined, which is usually a MUST for me when it comes to curtains. I consider myself a curtain snob. But given the price and my desire to keep my expenses for the house low, I am pretty pleased with the curtains.
I shortened them all to 99”. It is just a quick straight stitch across the bottom. Make sure you give your curtains a good 4″ hem so that they hang nicely. The hardest part is laying them out and measuring. Here is the final product:
I hope my curtain experience gives you some ideas to tweak store bought options!
BonVoyage! – Kristin