Learn how to create these easy no-sew light and airy sheet curtains on pipe rods as a fabulously beautiful window treatment… in minutes!
Welcome back to the photo studio! This is a little room I have downstairs with lots of windows, perfect for capturing great photos thanks to all that natural light!
You may also know I’ve been doing some improvements to this space lately, most recently painting the concrete floor white. Isn’t it pretty?!
One thing high on the list of to-dos in this room was to replace the original sheet DIY curtains on the pipe curtain rods.
Love this industrial light and airy window treatment which has served this photo studio room well!
However the bed sheet curtains were getting snagged and had some paint splatters.
I also had used mop strings for the ties which I loved, but I desired something easier to clip on and off for easy washing purposes.
And while I loved the curtains puddling onto the floor, the studio had some water challenges, hems of some sort were now desired.
So it was time for a refresh!
Perks of sheet curtains
- Sheet curtains are no sew curtains, made in just a few minutes! Perfect for beginners.
- White sheet curtains work well for any room where you desire a light and airy feel.
- Sunlight does slightly penetrate through sheet curtains, however you can add blackout curtains behind them if desired. Or choose thicker sheets.
- Sheets are price efficient and wash up beautifully.
- They are easy to customize, just choose a sheet colour you desire!
So here’s what I did a little differently this round…
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No-sew, easy sheet curtains
Choosing the right sheets
1. You’ll first require some kind of curtain rods. If you love the industrial look, learn how to make pipe curtain rods from THIS POST.
2. Choose some white flat bed sheets that fit the size dimensions of your windows.
Because I desired lots of gathering, I chose queen flat white sheets for my windows. King size sheets would have produced even more!
Most any white sheet will do. But a thicker sheet will block out more light, while thinner sheets will produce sheer curtains, allowing more light in.
My original sheets were from Ikea Canada called Knoppa. They were very lightweight and gauzy so lots of light penetrated through.
However this round, I chose Mainstays Flat White 100% cotton sheets from Walmart at about $18.00 Canadian each. They were thicker and felt smoother than the Ikea sheets, but they don’t allow as much light through due to that.
I didn’t wash the sheets first. They were unwrapped and hung up as-is. I don’t mind the crumply look as I feel it looks rather charming.
Selecting clip-on curtain rings
3. Pick up some drapery clip rings.
I picked up these Home Trend drapery clip rings from Walmart at about $12 each for 1 pack with 7 rings. A galvanized-look was chosen to match up to the pipe curtain rods, but close enough imo.
These are rings with tiny clothespins that will grab onto the sheets. I wanted to try this route so I could easily unclip the sheets for washing anytime desired.
Adjusting sheet curtain length without sewing
4. Decide how long you wish the curtains to hang. The good news is, the bottom hem is already sewn! Now you just need to adjust the length.
If too long, roll the edges if you don’t wish your sheets before attaching onto the clip rings if you don’t want them to puddle on the floor.
The queen white flat sheets were actually long enough to puddle onto the floor which is a lovely look!
However the photo studio floor leaks sometimes, so I decided to shorten the curtains this round so the fabric cleared the floor.
To slightly shorten the sheets, the the top of the sheet edge was folded over about 3 times before the sheets were attached to the ring clips. It worked great! And didn’t require any sewing.
How to hang the sheet curtains
Hanging sheet curtains is simple!
Here’s a few tips on how to hang them as well as to achieve two different looks:
5. Put all the rings desired onto the curtain rod for both curtains.
There were 7 rings in each package. I used all 7 clip rings for each sheet.
6. Hang up the two ends of the sheet from the two most outer clip rings.
7. Grab the middle clip ring and attach it to the middle of the sheet.
8. Divide up the rest of the clips to the sheets. I just did this by eye without actual measurements.
Two ways to hang up sheet curtains
It’s also possible to hang the sheet curtains two different ways! The top of my curtains will have a very different outcome, depending which one is chosen.
The sheet on the left is attached to a folded-over top giving it a valance look.
On the right is attached from the rolled up end, which is a more modern, clean look.
I ultimately chose the right, which ended up hanging more compact as well. Perfect!
However both ways are lovely!
So let’s take the full room tour because we are done!
Sheet curtains complete!
Because the patio door of the photo studio is off-centre, I hung the pipe rods from wall to wall. This way, I could either sheet the entire wall or move it out of the way, whatever is desired for photos.
Here are the sheet curtains closed. As you can see, the light does penetrate through the curtains however with these sheets, you can actually stare at the sun through the sheets and it doesn’t bother you.
I felt it was perfect!
White curtain sheets also make a exceptionally great way to create that perfect white backdrop for photography as well.
In the above photo for the argyle pillow tutorial HERE, you can barely see the sheets, but you know they are there.
The sheet backdrop in the above photo was overexposed so the sheet completely disappeared. Pretty cool, huh?
I overexpose using the adjustment brush in Lightroom.
And the best part of all on using sheets for curtains?
What sewing machine?
Aren’t they pretty? Think you’ll give them a go to lighten and brighten up a window in your home?
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