A few weeks ago I found some curtains I really loved at Ikea, they were just the look I wanted, at the price I wanted. The only thing is that I wasn’t into the the gathered curtain thing going on at the top. I don’t mind this look, but the curtains were going in the new music room, and it needed to be a little more dudely, plus all the other curtains on the main floor of our house are have grommet headings. Luckily, I’ve had experience with this type of thing; last May when I was putting together Gus’ nursery I made curtains for him with grommets and the whole process turned out to be pretty easy. I’ll show you how to turn your Ikea curtains into grommet curtains for less than 20 bones and in less than 1 hour!
First you need to be organized and get your shit together. You will need Dritz grommets (2 packs, 8 rings per panel), measuring tape, a scissors and a pen or pencil.
Open up your pack of grommets, inside you will find a template for marking your grommet holes. Guess what?, I did the hardest part for you… I did math, that just saved you an 45 minutes, believe me. All Ikea panels are 57″, so this is how you will layout your grommets. Start your holes 2.25 inches from both ends, then put a center mark every 7.5 inches. Ta-da, you owe me a beer now! I put my center mark 3″ from the top but you can adjust this based on your preferences.
Now for the real hardest part, take a deep breath, and cut holes into your perfectly good curtains. It always takes me about 10 minutes of double and triple checking before I actually commit to this part. Don’t worry, you can do it!
Once you cut out your holes you snap together your grommets. It’s so easy you won’t even believe me ’till you try it. Blamo.
Whoa, that is super easy!
I owe you a beer
This is awesome!
It really is pretty easy, the hardest part for me was getting around to actually doing it.
I want to do this in Emitt’s room! His curtains are all bunched up and yours look so nice and clean with the grommets. Did you buy the silver color or the brown color on Amazon? Thanks for the idea! I also owe you a beer, whenever we see each other again. :)
For both Gus’ room and the music room I used the pewter finish. They look the most similar to a brushed stainless finish and when they are up high on rods you wouldn’t even know they were plastic. Here’s a better link at amazon: http://www.amazon.com/Curtain-Grommets-Set-Pewter-Each/dp/B00267C9O0/ref=sr_1_sc_2?s=arts-crafts&ie=UTF8&qid=1329322906&sr=1-2-spell
Good luck, it really is easy.
I’m ordering them; I’ll send you a pic and let you know how it turns out! Thanks for the inspiration, I would’ve never thought to do this but it’s going to make his room look so much more polished!
These are so great! You definitely made this change look easy! Kudos to you!
I love the curtains! Can you please tell me the name of it?
I’d love to help. Could you be a little more specific? I’m not sure if you are referring to the Ikea curtain name or not.
exactly, I meant the name of the curtain. I live in Germany and I couldn’t find this curtain at Ikea the other day.
Thanks a lot!
I was wondering the same thing… I’ve been looking for affordable striped curtains and love how these looks. But I can’t find them on the website to get the name. Do you remember the style name for this curtains?
Hey, Sorry I missed this Diana.
The name of the curtain is: VILMIE LINJE but Ikea no longer makes them, maybe look on ebay?
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Ι couldn’t resist commenting. Ѵery well written!
Nice! Thank you for sharing!