Curtains Part 2: To The Floor

I think many homeowners are becoming savvy about curtains and know that hanging panels high and wide makes their windows look bigger and lets in more light.  I've shown several options how to do this and how to layer with blinds in this previous post here.

But what if you can't find curtains the right length in a color or pattern you like? Or what if you already bought a pair you like but now realize they're too short? This post will address a few creative ways to lengthen the curtains you already have or find affordable fabric alternatives.

These first few ideas show adding fabric somewhere on the panel and if you are handy at all you could do this yourself. The best way is with a sewing machine but sometimes you can use no sew tape instead.

Extending Fabric On the Bottom

Using a matching color from the pattern for a color block that goes to the floor below.
Posted by Shelterness

This adorable panel for a little girl's room mixes polka dots and stripes with pom pom trim between.
Posted by Nanny Goat

Here they added white fabric to the bottom of these shower curtains. Then continued the same fabric pattern for the very bottom. The DIY instructions are in the link below.
Posted by Migonis Home

This one plays with proportion and adds a large color block in the middle of each panel with narrow contrast trim between fabrics. This really adds interest to these tall windows.

Extending Fabric On Top

Depending on the room and what you want to emphasize is where you can add detail. Here the bottom is covered so they brought a Waverly fabric in matching charcoal gray towards the top. DIY is in the link below.
Posted by Remodelaholic

Same here they added a patterned fabric in matching color to the top of their curtain panels. DIY in the link below.
Posted by thedesignpages 

These are actually available for purchase but you could easily add a color block fabric that extends fully to the top like this with embroidered trim between.
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And if you're just looking to extend the actual panel without adding contrast or color blocks you can try adding more of the same fabric from a 3rd panel like they did here.  It would work best with a busy pattern like here, otherwise you're best making it look intentional with a contrasting section.
Posted by sueathome

Hide Behind a Valance or Cornice

This idea will take a bit more finesse but basically you could extend the length of your curtains from the top by adding longer clips, ribbon, or less than perfect fabric. Then add another layer in front such as a valance that will hide any short curtain sins behind.

Here is an easy DIY no sew option for a simple valance.
Better Homes and Garden

Or this cute gingham valance over basic panels.

I like the more contemporary look of straight lines achieved with these cornices below.


This adorable DIY cornice for a nursery has pom pom trim on the bottom of the cornice and subtle polka dot sheers beneath. There is a tutorial in the link below.
Posted by lacquerandlinen

I hope this post helped inspire some ideas if you are in need of curtain remedies. If you'd like more tips about curtains you can check out more links below:

HGTV Magazine
- "The Frugal Guide to Fancy Curtains"
(unique fabric options such as tablecloths, shower curtains, bed linens, and dropcloths!)

Elle Decor - "Curtain Call - How to Choose Window Treatments that are Right for You"
(things to consider in your home when making your decision)

Real simple - "Your Guide to Curtains and Window Treatments"
(basic overview of terms and styles)

Have a great weekend everyone!

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