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How to make a ‘skirtain’

Updated: Nov 2, 2023

Add style & flair whilst hiding a multitude of sins behind a DIY under-counter curtain


modern microcement kitchen with modern green units and under-counter skirtain

Although a descendant of the chintzy and twee under-counter curtain of old, the ‘skirtain’ has evolved into a cool, statement piece with the ability to transform a laundry area or kitchen. They are easy to make and include a ‘no sew’ option, here’s how…






You will need  

the materials required to make a skirtain

Measuring tape

Material for the curtain

Sewing machine, or needle and thread, or hemming tape

An iron 

Scissors or shears

Curtain wire and hooks, or a tension rod




Method

  • Measure the width of your space.

  • For the material, double the width measurement and add a bit extra all around to allow for the hems and the wire top pocket.


  • Curtain wire has a lot of ‘give’ so cut it shorter to prevent sagging, use trial and error cutting down slowly bit by bit so not to cut it too short.

  • Wash and dry the material before cutting as it might shrink. 

  • Make the side and bottom hems by folding the edges under (twice), iron each fold, and secure by sewing (backstitch at the start and end) or inserting a piece of hemming tape then iron to secure.



  • Make the top pocket the same way, ensuring it's deep enough to accommodate the wire or rod. 

  • Screw in the open loop hooks to hold the curtain wire, then screw the closed-loop hooks into each end of the curtain wire.



  • Feed the curtain wire through the top pocket and onto both hooks.

  • Adjust the material to ensure the curtain is distributed evenly along the wire and looks great. 



Styling tips

Skirtains are a great way to add a pop of colour or pattern to an otherwise plain kitchen, so don’t be afraid to be bold. Skirtains provide some contrasting texture and softness against a backdrop of straight lines and structure. 

Once you have the tension rod or curtain wire in place it’s easy to change the material and create a whole new vibe, making skirtains perfect for commitment-phobes! 


Let me know if you have a go at this one, I’d love to hear from you.


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