Sunroom Curtains: The First Layer (in which I swathe a whole room with tulle)

Our sunroom used to look like this:

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…and now it looks like this:

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Sunglasses are now a necessity when you step into this room. It’s delightful.

Since we moved in, we’ve painted, installed new flooring and baseboards, purchased a couch, and added a rug.

We just went to IKEA, though (our annual pilgrimage), and that means we’re curtaining this place up! Or rather starting to–this is only the first layer.

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The rods are a dark silver, and I think we’re going to forgo finials (though we purchased a bajillion of them!). Since we wanted sheers and regular light-blocking curtains, we are going with a double rod on each window. The sheer curtains are IKEA’s LILL curtains, my fave product from them BY FAR (they are only $4!!! $4!).

Below you can see the white RITVA curtains we will eventually hang–I couldn’t resist seeing how it would look! I have to hem them though and want to wash them before I do that, so we’ll get there. And I have a grand scheme (involving ribbon–Ken is pumped) that I plan to attempt as well.

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I couldn’t hang these curtains *quite* as high as I wanted to because of our half-moon window, but I definitely hung ’em wide. And yes, I hung them right over our slider. The curtains can be easily pushed out of the way for when we go in and out, and I wanted the room to feel symmetrical.

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We still have some plans for this space (ceiling, I’m looking at you!) and some more furniture to add eventually, but goodness, curtains make EVERYTHING better. So good.

5 Comments

  • We added the Ritva curtains to our living room too. Such a cost-effective update! Now I just need to hem them oh only about 7 months after hanging them…

  • Hi Anne – I just stumbled across your blog and am really enjoying catching up. Question – are those IKEA curtain rods and what do you think of them? I want to do a double-rod situation also (on quite a few large windows!) and omg, money. IKEA’s prices are MUCH more reasonable but I didn’t know about quality… Our IKEA is 3 hrs away so yes, it’s a pilgrimage and I like to know before I go. Thanks! :)

    • I LOVE Ikea’s curtain rods (but our IKEA is 2.5 hours away too, booo!). However, I usually use a center bracket to prevent sagging with the thinner rods–I don’t mind the extra bracket but if you want a cleaner look I think they have a thicker rod as well that wouldn’t sag. Also–their finial (end screw-in thingie) selection is pretty boring but that doesn’t bother me much either…I just go without or buy the plain round ones. :)

      • :) thanks that helps reassure me so much!! I didn’t want to count on buying a whole houseful this weekend (new house, no window coverings… AHH! $$$) and then be disappointed/rushing to plan B only one week before our move-in date…

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