Add style & flair whilst hiding a multitude of sins behind a DIY under-counter curtain
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
Material for the curtain
Sewing machine, or needle and thread, or hemming tape
Scissors or shears
Curtain wire and hooks, or a tension rod
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.
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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