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Last week I posted about the absolutely amazing curtain rods I made. 🙂
Moving on from that, the second item on my FANTASTIC NEW BEDROOM CURTAINS list was curtain rings.
I really didn't want to spend much of anything on these. I mean really....when thinking about curtains you have your curtain rod (kinda necessary), and your actual curtains (very necessary).
The curtain rings are just a preference and an added expense. My curtain panels had nice loops already sewn in meant for hanging. I didn't NEED curtain rings or all the hardware that went with it. But I reeeaaally badly wanted that look!
Now, occasionally I'm quite willing to spend more than I should on something I really want. And sometimes, I'm not. I just don't feel like it. I have no good reasoning as to when or why this happens, but this was one of the 'I really don't want to spend much money on this.' times.
All I could find as far as DIY super-cheap curtain rings was this tutorial: DIY Curtain Clip Tutorial. It's pretty ingenious, really.
I was feeling finicky though and didn't want to use curtain clips at all. I was going to do it right this time! I was going to use actual drapery hooks! I was going to use curtain rings with eyelets! The curtains were going to hang perfectly! And it was NOT going to cost much!
Such high aspirations I had.
And the best part is I think I accomplished them. 🙂
I bought these (or similar):
100 Binder Rings
100 Jump Rings
I wanted them black to match the DIY curtain rods I made, so I laid them all out and spray painted them.....several quick, thin coats, flip them all, repeat.
Then, just open the binder rings and slide the jump rings on.....and you have 100 curtain rings with eyelets for $12.49. I repeat, twelve dollars and forty-nine cents. I really don't think that's going to break our bank.
One of the unexpected best things about using these binder rings is they're super easy to put onto the curtain rod since they open and close. No need to take rods apart to get them on and off with these things!
Now let's move on to hanging the curtains with these DIY curtain rings.
The general rule of thumb seems to be 7-9 rings per curtain panel. I used eleven. It just ended up that way with the spacing of the loops on my curtain panels, and I'm sure you could use less. Since I had 100 curtain rings available I wasn't exactly trying to skimp. 🙂
I used these drapery hooks:
My curtain panels from IKEA already had a very nice setup to insert drapery hooks. As long as you have a fairly deep hem though, any curtains should work fine. I started from the center and worked outwards, spacing them evenly until I got close to the end.
Since my mantra was 'This time I'm doing it right!' I took the extra step of adding curtain returns. And no, I had never heard of them before my recent in-depth curtain research. Sometimes I can do a pretty good job of getting an expensive look for less but an actual experienced designer I am not!
A curtain return, for all of you people like me who've never heard of it, is just putting a little screw hook into the wall on the outside edge of the curtain so that the curtain panel can connect back to the wall and there's no space showing between the wall and the curtain. It really does finish it off nicely. Like so....
For this you'll need several little screw eye hooks, found in pretty much any hardware store.
Since I am not an experienced curtain designer, I don't have in depth instructions. But, I can tell you what I did. I put a drapery hook into the very end of the curtain, held it in place to see where to drill the hole for the screw, drilled a slightly smaller hole than the screw and twisted the screw into the wall.
The very last drapery hook should be spaced so the curtain just brushes the wall nicely, the next to last should be just far enough away to bring it evenly to the rod.
It makes sense once you're actually doing it. 🙂
My apologies to any professional designer out there who's shaking their head in horror at my methods.
I might not be doing everything right, but I still like them.