I always thought curtains were such a grown up thing when I was little. Add a valance and I could swear I was headed to my Oma’s house. But, as I’ve gotten older, I’ve come to appreciate curtains and how they can transform a space.
I bought curtains from Ikea ages ago (Vivan White Sheer curtains @ $15 for two panels) and have been meaning to hang them up in our bedroom. I had washed and ironed the curtains and then they sat in a laundry basket in one of the spare rooms for three weeks (oops), until today. I finally decided to hang them up.
I’d done a bit of research on how to make rooms look taller (our ceilings are about 8ft-9ft or so), and if you hang your curtains as high as possible, and a little larger than the actual window, it will make your room look bigger. Sidebar: the comforter on the bed is not our normal comforter, our new devout cover is being shipped!!!
Our window happens to be 61.5″ wide, so I went two inches out on each side to nail in the hangers (also from Ikea $3 for two). I only tacked up the second hanger and put the rod between them and levelled it out. The window instantly looked taller and I was pretty content for about 45 seconds…I hated the naked curtain rod. It was just taunting me in all of its ugliness.
I decided to make a valance to cover that puppy up and take care of some of the empty wall space. I found this fantastic post from Bibbidi Bobbidi Beautiful about making a valance…from CARDBOARD! I kid you not. I happened to have some cardboard around the house (aka, boxes I still have yet to unpack from moving in…I knew I was saving it for a good reason!).
(On a side note, when we moved, we did a scan tracking system, hence the bar code on the top of the box, so we would know if all of our boxes arrived and were unopened.)
I measured the width of the curtain rod and added 2″ to give more than enough clearance on both sides. I took the distance from the top of the curtain rod to what I wanted to cover up (roughly 12″), then measured from the front of the rod to the wall (6″). I added a 5″ piece on the back of the valance to tack it to the wall.
Then I got to cutting. I opened up the box so it was totally flat. I was able to use all of the pre-bent sections as they matched my measurements, so that was super simple. I taped on the back piece to be in the middle of the valance, because I didn’t want to worry about the wall mounts.
Luckily I had a plain white sheet that I was able to use to cover the cardboard. I ironed it before I started working with it and then just moved it about until I got it where I wanted it on the valance. I used duck-tape on the backside, where it wouldn’t be seen, and hot glue to secure it! The front of the valance has three layers of fabric because at two you could still see through it. I took the curtain rod down, centred the valance and tacked it up with six 2″ nails. It was super simple and is really light weight. All in all, it took…1.5hrs to do? And for the entire window treatment it only cost me $20!
I think it makes a world of difference in our bedroom and the Mister was even impressed! Do you have any surprising uses for cardboard?