Let me just say, that I don’t understand why most stores only sell 87″ curtains! I went to almost every store in our area searching for the perfect cheap curtains that could look custom. Let me tell you, it’s a lot harder than you think.
In my opinion, the average living room looks the best with 97″ curtains that bunch at the bottom. For the longest time, I thought that meant it was too long, and some might disagree, but I love the way they look. One day I’ll invest in beautiful drapes but for now, I want to show you how to take inexpensive curtains and make them look like they were custom made.
The Perfect Length for Curtains
Let’s start by talking about curtains you shouldn’t use in your home. In my opinion, curtains that come with built-in rings look so cheap. I would stay away from those if you trying to get that custom look in your home.
Now that we got that out of the way, if your home has 9ft ceilings, you should be aiming for 96″ curtains and no less. If you have even taller ceilings you should be working with longer curtains.
But the trick to making long curtains work is how you install the curtain rod. This simple change can instantly make cheap curtains look like it was done by a professional. To make things easier I have included a graphic to get the idea of how you should hang your curtains.
Choosing the right material and colour
There are so many types of curtains to choose from, and picking the right fabric, color, and pattern is completely up to you. But I will say the heavier and thicker the material the better.
I personally love linen, velvet, and even cotton. But there are some synthetic curtains that look great as well. I’m linking some of my favorites below to make things easier.
As for choosing the color of your curtains, it’s completely up to you and the style of your home. If I’m helping a client with their home I will most likely choose white for a bright, airy look. Forest green for a cozy home, or taupe for an earthy feel.
To give the illusion of thick, custom curtains I would suggest getting two sets of panels, for a total of four. That way you have enough material on either side. Guaranteed it will be a tenth of what you would pay for custom drapery.
Add this one to your cheap curtains to make them look custom
My last tip for making cheap curtains look custom is to use ring clips. I grabbed mine from Amazon (linked for you) for a grand total of $12. Then I used ten clips on each curtain, use more if you’re doubling your panels. My curtains have a pocket every few inches which I used as a guide to space the clips evenly.
I did a tutorial on my stories basically showing ways to clip the curtains, including a really neat way to hem curtains without sewing. Of course, I found another video on it here, but I think it’s pretty straight forward.
Those are my 3 tips for making cheap curtains look custom. I have also added shoppable links to all my favorite inexpensive curtains, curtain rods, and ring clips. If you have any suggestions or tips I might have missed leave them below! I can’t wait to see what everyone else does in their home.