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How-To: Easy Fabric Curtains For Under-Stairway Storage

March 16, 2010 | 6 Comments | Basement, DIY How To
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While working on my basement hallway transformation I was presented with a problem…

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Apparently I’ve gone from 20/20 vision to someone who considers this to be in focus. It’s either my eyesight or exhaustion. Or possibly I was drinking a beer when I took this. Either way, sorry for the fuzz.

The second problem was I either needed to tile this space, build shelves, or do something considerably faster and easier.

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That’s what I’m talking about.

This little project cost $10 in fabric and $6 in curtain clips.

What I used:

  • Approx 1-1/2 yards of fabric
  • Iron-on hem
  • Clip-on curtain
  • An iron
  • Scissors
  • Eye hooks
  • Various pliers and drill bits

What I did:

Step 1: Measure

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I measured all sides of the triangle, and determined where the split in the curtain would be. I hear you can only measure two sides of the triangle and Pythagoras can help you out with the rest, but as I explained to my fifth grade math teacher, look… I can just measure it and get the answer. Duh. (And the engineer in the house just disowned me.)

Step 2: Cut & Hem

I cut the pieces 1″ longer than necessary on all sides and then used an iron-on hem tape to clean everything up.

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Yeah, it’s that easy.

Step 3: Hardware

First I thought I was going to do something with this entire curtain ring, and then I realized since I wasn’t going to attach a rod, all I really needed was the clip.

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I measured out the clip spacing using a handy piece of scrap tile as a marker. Because I’m a use-what-you-got kind of person, if that hasn’t been obvious so far.

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I also found some small eye-hook-things that seemed like they would do the trick for attaching the clips to the stairs.

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After some experimentation I found piercing the wood with the guide on one of my paddle bits was the perfect way to “pre-drill” the holes for these.

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Then just a couple of hand twists, and…

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Step 4: Attach

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And that’s all she wrote. It was less than $20 and maybe 2 hours on a Friday night, half of which was digging around in my mess off spare parts for the right tools and hooks.

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Makes me wonder why I didn’t do this 5 years ago.

DIY diva

    Comments

  • Holyoke Home


    You had me at ‘cut and hem’.

  • Ro


    Thanks. this is what I planned to do with my stairs. Instead of buying fabric I am using old linen tablecloths for this project. Since they are white will add something to them. I also have to close the end since it is open. I purchased a tension rod for that end. Another old linen tablecloth will be used their also.
    Ro

  • Barb


    You had me at “iron on hem tape”. A no sew project that I need to do! Thanks for posting this.

  • helen


    THANK YOU FOR THE GREAT IDEA . SOLVED A PROBLEM FOR ME .I HAVE MOST THINGS THAT ARE NEEDED FOR THE PROJECT . ALL THE VERY BEST FOR 2016 . BLESS YOU FOR SHARING THIS

  • Mary


    I am going to be ready for this. Luckily I have the main carrier beam running right there. So a very long cheap curtain rod and curtains tgat I already have. Working on my cheapie basement makeover.

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