Curbly Giveaway: Win $1000 from

Win a $500 gift card to!
And you thought you were done getting gifts this winter! This week, we’ve teamed up with to give away two $500 gift cards; that means two lucky winners will get five big ones to spends at, where you can find an awesome selection of blinds, shades, shutters and drapes. Read on to find out how to enter!

Tomorrow, we’ll show you how we worked with to revitalize the windows in the Curbly House. Continue Reading

DIY Curtain Rod for Under $10

created at: 10/12/2011

One of the major stumbling blocks for draperies is finding the right rod for the right price.  Especially when you are trying to find a rod that is ten feet long!  Here is a great DIY option for an otherwise budget-breaking project.  

Allison at House of Hepworths invested a lot in the perfect fabric for her dining room, and after scouring her hometown for an affordable curtain rod solution (and finding nothing she wanted for less than $150), she decided to make one herself.  Continue Reading

Make Burlap Look Fancy


Burlap has been used in home decor since the beginning of time. Usually, it’s pretty blah and benign. You can, however, dress it up by combining it’s rough weave with unexpected refined elements to make it a stand out, low budget fabric. burlap

Burlap needs contrast to compliment it’s rudimentary nature. Just take a look at some ways you can marry it with some fancier materials to bring out the best in it. By the way, a good burlap fabric will only run you about $4.00 Continue Reading

Turn Your Home Sewing Machine Into a Commercial Workhorse

created at: 05/05/2010

First of all, notice my aqua Singer, circa 1970’s, that I found a couple of months ago at the Salvation Army Superstore for $10.00. Serviced and cleaned up, it’s one of my favorites. Now, on to the matter at hand; one drawback to sewing home furnishings with a lightweight machine is that it’s difficult to get the durability you need from plain old All Purpose thread. What you really need to get the job done right is a true commercial machine that will accept upholstery weight thread. Continue Reading

How to make just about any kind of window covering you can imagine


Image of a finished roller blind

MWT and I did a little kitchen remodeling over the holidays. The new sleek look demands new window coverings. I shopped around a bit yesterday but was summarily disappointed in my offerings. The windows’ dimensions would do better with custom products, but, as we know, custom is expensive! So, I’m leaning toward DIYing my own, which means exploring the inter-tubes for inspiration. In doing so, I came across the most awesome-est site. It’s calledAlternative Windows, and it’s the source for window covering how-tos, which include curtains and (my favorite) blinds. Continue Reading

DiY: BeDazzle Your Drapes with Studs

created at: 2009-09-21

Image: WestElm

Advertised as Nailhead Trimmed drapes, upon consideration, these really can’t possibly be decorative nailheads attached to fabric drapes.  More likely, they are all dressed up for a sophisticated, yet edgey way with shiny metal studs like bikers use to trim their leather garb. Here’s a source for all sorts of studs that could be-dazzle your decor.

created at: 2009-09-21

Studs and much more available at Studs and Spikes.

A bag of 50 runs approximately $5.00. All you need to Be Dazzle Your Drapes is to measure and mark the edges of your plain old drapes and attach the studs. Continue Reading

Curtain Tops 101

created at: 2009-04-24

Making window treatment decisions can be a daunting task. The official terminology of styles and how they attach to the rod seem to vary depending on who you talk to. If you’re thinking about ordering drapes or making them yourself, this little primer will help steer you in the right direction. 

created at: 2009-04-24

Pencil Pleat:  Pencil pleats are the most common simple pleating system using heading tape, enabling the curtain material to be easily gathered. Use it with tracks or rods, in bedrooms or living areas. Continue Reading

Hang ‘Em High Curtain Advice

created at: 2009-04-09

Curtain hanging can become such a dilemma that some of us just give up and opt for blinds.

This Young House tackles the problem in the bedroom of eight year old, Olivia. As you can see, the trio of windows combine to make an architectural statement that you wouldn’t want to cover up behind drapes. However, a girl needs her privacy.

created at: 2009-04-09

To maintain the view, a set of Ikea curtains were hung high above and to the right and left of the window. Continue Reading

How to make grommet drapes.

Making grommet drapes is much easier than it sounds. You just have to know how to sew a straight line and install grommets. The example pictured puts another twist on the panels by sewing on a couple of borders, which look great, but are an option you could skip. To forgo sewing altogether, you could just buy a simple pair of ready-made curtains and install the grommets! For the entire tutorial, visit

DIY: Ten Minute Grommet Workshop

created on: 04/23/08

While helping a friend with her booth for a trade show, we learned how to install grommets simply and frustration-free.  If you need grommets installed for a craft, drapes, shower curtains, drawstring totebags, or your handsewn tent, DO NOT think that a grommet kit from a fabric store will be sufficient. Try to get a semi-industrial kit from the hardware store.  They are heavier duty and the pricing is more reasonable.  If you really want the jumbo grommets, take your project to a drapery workroom and see if they’ll install them for you using their very expensive, heavy duty equipment. Continue Reading