DIY Affordable Window Treatments for Large Windows

Elizabeth Burns Design | DIY Inexpensive Window Treatments for Large Windows - White Curtains for Cheap

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One of the my favorite things about the Myrtle House were the beautiful, gigantic old wooden windows. They let in so much natural light and were one of the few original details of the home left in tact. When it came time to finding window treatments, however, I may have cursed those over-sized windows since it proved impossible to find budget-friendly drapes or curtains.

I knew custom curtains were out of our modest renovation budget. I tossed around the idea of DIYing the popular burlap curtain project, but I really wanted something lighter in color (ideally white) and didn't love the idea of sewing a bunch of curtains because.... I'm lazy.

I then recalled that in our first apartment, I made a DIY window treatment for our patio sliding doors out of a really cute DwellStudio tablecloth. The weight of the tablecloth was perfect since it was medium fabric (not too light, but heavy enough to drape well). I then started my hunt for decent quality white tablecloths that might fit the bill for our monstrous windows.

I found these 60 x 102 inch white polyester tablecloths on Amazon for $7 a piece. (They are now a little more at $9 each.) I ordered them on a whim and was pleasantly surprised when the arrived. The seaming and quality was pretty good, the color was pure white, and the material had the slightest sheen that was just lovely. I also really like the fact that they are polyester so I could theoretically throw them in the wash if I ever wanted to - no dry-cleaning here!

Elizabeth Burns Design | DIY Window Treatments with Tablecloths - Sherwin Williams Magnetic Gray
Elizabeth Burns Design | DIY Window Treatments with Tablecloths

I bought cheap curtain rods from Ross and then coordinating curtain clip rings in oil-rubbed bronze and brushed nickel from Target. To hang, I pleated the drapes to create a fuller, more finished look. Lola loves her linen tufted chair... can you tell?

In the end, I purchased curtains for 8 huge windows for only $98. I don't think I could have purchased fabric for that cheap. Are they fancy? Nope, but they add the privacy and airy-ness I was hoping for. If you need large window treatments on a budget, don't rule out table cloths!