Don't search anymore for the best budget curtains. I have found them. Complete with a guide on how to hang curtains below.
Are you in need of new window treatments but don't like the price tag that comes with new curtains? Check out the affordable but high quality curtains I found for my keeping room without spending a small fortune.
Stylish Curtains for a Great Price
One of the many things I love about our new house are the big windows that let in lots of natural light. However when it came time to shop for the right window treatments I was shocked at the price of window curtains. It was hard to find the styles I liked at affordable prices.
I started looking for a budget-friendly source. I am happy to say I found the perfect curtains on Amazon, my favorite online store. Amazon is one of the best places to shop because there are so many affordable curtains to choose from. I found so many , different sizes, colors, fabrics and styles.
You should be able to find the right curtains to go with your home decor and match your personal preference.
How to Buy the Right Size Curtains for Your Window Frame
You don't need Custom-Made Curtains. Here are some tips for getting the right curtains for your space.
- Start by measuring the length and width of your windows that need curtains.
- Decide how close to the ceiling you want to hang your curtains.
- Decide how long you want them to be. Do you want them to puddle on the floor, barely touch the floor, or not touch the floor at all.
- Are your curtains going to be the only window covering you have? Or are they just for looks?
- If you are buying your curtains to cover your window add at least 12" to each side of the window. You may need 2 panels on each side.
- If you are using them for decor you only need 1 panel for each side.
In my keeping room I have white roller shades that I close every night. (more details here) The curtains are just to warm up the space. They do function, but I rarely close them.
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I am putting these curtains in my keeping room.
Supplies to Hang Living Room Budget Curtains
- View my YouTube tutorial here.
How to Hang Curtain Rods
Start by finding the studs.
You can't always install curtains right where the stud is, but it is a good idea to check. Installing into the stud will always be the strongest way to hang curtains.
Tip: If the stud is only off by an inch or so, I install the bracket into the stud. Then I make the rod hang over a little bit more on each side so it looks balanced.
Measure how far you want the curtain bracket to be from the ceiling and from the window.
As a rule of thumb: I measure 6" down from the ceiling and at least a foot away from the window.
If you cannot find a stud close enough to the spot you want to hang your curtain brackets you need to use drywall anchors.
I would recommend using these anchors rather than the ones that come with the rod. The anchors that come with the rod won't hold very much weight so you may end up with curtains on your floor.
If you have a large window like I do you may need more than 2 brackets to hold up the curtain rod. I used 3 for my window. 1 on each side and 1 int he center.
Curtain Pins Are a Great Option to Get a Custom Drapery Look
This is the easiest hack to get expensive interior designer curtain for a fraction of the cost. The trick? Curtain pins!
How to use Curtain Pins
I add my pins every 4 inches across the top of each of the panels. If a loop or back tab gets in the way I just cut it off as I don't need the back tabs. For a standard panel I use about 13 curtain pins.
To add curtain pins use the sharp edge to push the pin through the fabric. The top loop of the pin will be used to attach the curtain ring. See the picture below
Adding Curtains to the Curtain Rod
I have found it is easiest to put the curtain rings on my curtain rod first. Then attach the curtains pins to the rings.
Next climb up on the ladder and hang the best budget curtains. Sometimes the rings will fall off a few of the pins. It is easy to hook it back on.
Isn't it amazing how much these curtain panels warmed up the space in my keeping room! It adds a high end feeling at a great price point. They really are the best budget curtains with a high end look.
I like the look of a slight pile of curtains on the floor for a high-end puddled look. Since these curtains don't move that isn't a problem.
If You Don't Want Your Curtains to Touch the Ground Here Are Some Options
- Hang the curtains closer to the ceiling.
- Order shorter curtain panels.
- Hem the bottom of them with a sewing machine or hem tape
I Love the Way this Room Turned Out!
The faux linen curtains add the perfect warmth to the space. They also help to frame in the large windows in our home.
I also have them in my dining room to create a coziness.
In the bonus room I used the same color of grey curtains with the dark walls. I love the contrast it creates. (Bonus room details here)
These budget curtains are used to cover the window as well. I have 2 panels on each side. This allows for plenty of fabric to cover the window easily.
In my daughters room I added black curtains for a high contrast against her white walls. They look great with her dark mural wall as well.
The roller shades are drawn in this photo. My daughter does also use her curtains to make her room darker. There is 1 panel on each side. (View her room here)
Blackout Curtains in My Master Bedroom
For my master bedroom we went with black out curtains because they don't let in much light. (Master bedroom details here)
Black out curtains help improve our energy efficiency. They help to keep our room cool in the summer and warm in the winter.
Black out curtains are quite a bit heavier and more bulky than a regular curtain panel. I always try to find a stud to ensure they won't fall down.
I hope this helps you shop for and install your curtains in your home!
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