to do list: {short} curtains

our office windows before

our office windows before

We are having certain window covering related troubles. In a nutshell, we hate almost every item that is currently being used to cover our windows. Hate. Before we moved into the house last year, we assumed that we could live for awhile with the blinds etc that were already in place, so I made no plans or provisions for replacing any of them. However, once we moved in, we realized that all needed to go as soon as humanly possible. Some were falling down or fell out immediately, others were inoperable or just too scary in the strangulation-risk category for my overly nervous brain and all were just flat out gross. So, we quickly ran out and replaced all of them with what could be quickly found on hand and that meant Home Depot and IKEA. The roller shades from Home Depot constantly fall on our head, the majority of the shades from IKEA are a bit too sheer for our busy street facing front windows. Several have already stopped working. None really do what we want them to do when we want them to do it. As much as I'd love to spend about 5 million dollars having new shutters. blinds, curtains, etc, etc made to my exact preference for each and every window in our house, that is not a possibility right now. So, it's endure or come up with clever alternatives that we can live with and make use of what we have when possible.

our office windows, before

our office windows, before

For many of our windows, especially our office, it looks like going short on the curtains is the best option. Though I've never been fond of short curtains, in some cases, it just makes sense. (Or at least that's what I'll tell myself every day until I can have what I want.) In this case, we already have roller shades that help a bit, but do little at night when the lights are on and do nothing to help insulate the room. I don't really want to toss them out, because much of the time, they do what we need and I don't like wasting anything if I can avoid it. We have furniture, bookshelves and a heater all along the walls under the windows, so long curtains are not an option. Custom shades or shutters would be way too expensive for the 7 oddly sized windows that already have a set of shades. Short curtains allow us to use what we have, add a bit of insulation over the windows and add more privacy at night. So, I've been looking at images of shorter curtains, hoping to make them seem like a happy option. 

The key will be to come up with something I like while keeping the cost way down. My plan is either to make or alter an existing curtain. I also want to keep the work factor low as well. I've also been looking at curtains that I really like to see if I can adapt that to a shorter version. My favorites, that keep coming to mind are the final set of long yellow curtains above from Little Green Notebook. It doesn't hurt that they are altered IKEA curtains, which is likely where I'll be starting from as well. 

The test run- a drop cloth to get an idea of how the short curtains might look.

The test run- a drop cloth to get an idea of how the short curtains might look.

Right now the plan is use an IKEA curtain or some fabric (probably the IKEA AINA linen). Right now top contenders are the IKEA RITVA, AINA or MERETE. I need to decide how hight to hang the rods, white rods or black rods and whether to go with tabs, grommets or rings. For the moment, solid white is the goal to keep it simple and fast, but that might change. We have the IKEA MERETE just outside the office door in the living room, so that might be a good choice, but I do like the idea of linen. Decisions, Decisions.  Results to come soon.