Installing and Hemming Ikea Curtains

Last week I welcomed you to our new home. I also left you with some very scary pictures of our place looking a bit crazy and cluttered with boxes.

Good news: We’ve been working on getting those boxes unpacked and outta here.

Better news: That means I can work on decorating our new home. #finally

White couch area

Here is our current family room situation. Not finished in any way, but looking pretty dang good for just moving in (if I do say so myself!)

But you see those big windows to the right? Well they were just begging for some curtains. Begging I tell ya.  So I ignored my mile long moving-in to-do list, and decided to drop everything and get those babies some curtains.

Then I looked at the windows a little more closely…

deep windows

…and thought, “where does the curtain rod go?” Good question.

Normal curtain rod

See, normal curtain brackets and rods look like this. You attach above the windows or to the sides of the windows and rest the rod in the lip on the bracket. But my windows are deep set, so I didn’t really have that option.

attach curtain rod to ceiling

That’s when I came up with the crazy idea to attach the curtain rod to the ceiling instead. As long as I could find the right brackets that would encircle the rod on each end…I could make this work.

Enter a trip to Ikea. Yes, I do love that store and their products. No, I do not like leaving 3 hours (3!) later with $500 out of my pocket. (Everything they sell is so tempting, and I couldn’t resist. Plus we did need a to buy a few big purchases…I swear!)

I purchased a pair of RITVA curtains 57×118 in all white. I threw those babies in the washing machine, then the dryer, and finally I ironed them. Note: They will lose about 4-6 inches of length when you do this. When those were done, Finn and I got to work on installing the brackets and rod.

Ikea supplies
Installing curtain brackets
Step 1: We used our electric drill and drill bit to create 2 holes in the ceiling. We then inserted 2 wall anchors, so the screws would have something to grab onto.
Step 2: We then screwed the bracket onto the ceiling.
Step 3: We followed Ikea’s instructions, and installed the circular piece that would hold the curtain rod.
We repeated this both in the center of the windows and on the other side, until all 3 brackets were hung and sturdy. Then we simply put the curtain rod through and hung our curtains.
Boom, done! Oh wait…
curtains way too long
The curtains were a bit way too long.  Back to the store in search of some no-sew hemming tape.
Hemming Tape
I found this little roll at Target near the sewing supplies.
Hemming no-sew curtains
I simple followed the directions on the back of the box and got to work.
Rookie Tip: Fold the bottom part of your curtains up and use pins to secure. That way your line at the bottom will stay straight and secure.
Rookie Tip: I used the sewing tape across (horizontally) and also on the sides (vertically) to keep the seam looking smooth. Seems like it is worth the extra work to me.
It took me about 30 minutes to get those babies hemmed, so they were up and hanging in no time at all.
Hemmed Curtains
White curtains
As a girl who has never hung curtains, I’m totally loving them (and feeling really domestic.) I like the flowy white fabric and I feel like it really finishes the room.
patterned curtains
But, I am thinking about jazzing them up just a tad. Maybe with a DIY paint project? I’m envisioning a light blue pattern painted on at the bottom.
Casey DIY Playbook
What do you think? Keep them plain & white…or add some detailing??

  • Deanne Panther

    LOVE the look of the new place! Can’t wait to see more!!

  • That means so much coming from you Deanne! Thanks girl. Hope you had a nice “thanksgiving” with Lisa in town.


  • Valerie Leo

    Hi…I just stumbled upon your blog and your new place is great. Love Chicago…i live here as well. I love to DIY our condo and I’ve painted drapes. The curtains are very pretty…I painted a set of curtains with a horizontal stripe and while they were very cute…what a HUGE pain and also very stiff. If you don’t have a huge indoor place to work on them, it is nearly impossible. If you want to add some pattern or color you might try varying stripes of grosgrain ribbon that you can attach with stitch-witchery…it might save you a huge headache! Congrats on your new place!

  • Valerie…what great timing! I was planning to paint a pattern on them tomorrow, but now I may switch gears and come up with a new gameplan!

    Did you mix fabric medium in with your paint? I read that is supposed to help make the fabric less stiff. If I do go with the paint..I might do that.

    Ribbon sounds like a great idea too. Hmmm…

  • Valerie Leo

    I did use fabric paint after ruining a set trying to use left over paint from a room that I was trying to match. I just would hate for you to ruin those super cute drapes! Stitch witchery is fabulous and comes in so many widths…a new JoAnns opened up in the South Loop on Roosevelt just this past week and has all sorts of new stuff. They are doing a soft opening and a grand opening on 11/21 and running great sales. Good luck! Love your blog and the engagment pics look great!

  • You’re awesome! Thanks for the advice Valerie.

  • Katie

    I love the look of white curtains. If you’re ever interested in hiding the hooks or getting rid of the inch of so of light that still shows at he top…you can hook the clips of the hooks a little further down on the curtain instead of at the top (the fabric doubles up a bit/gets pinched by the hook to allow this – hope that makes sense). My mom taught me that with my curtains when I bought my own place.

  • I’m totally trying that Katie! I’ve noticed how the light peeks in at the top at night and was not loving that.

    thanks for the advice!

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