How to Update Old Curtains

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Do your windows think it’s still 1985? Window treatments can be so costly that many people resist replacing them, leaving them behind the times. But as styles and color palettes change, so should your window treatments.

However, don’t just replace your old curtains with brand new ones. Instead, check out our favorite tips on how to update old curtains and give your windows a stylish fresh start.

  1. Use the Shibori Technique
  2. Swap Out Curtain Rods
  3. Add Trim
  4. Hang a Mini Garden
  5. Layer Your Curtains
  6. Lengthen Your Curtains
  7. Update Holdbacks or Tiebacks
  8. Try Macramé 
  9. Paint Your Curtains
  10. Play With Dip Dye Ombre

Read more: The Best Window Treatment Ideas For Any Space

How to Update Curtains

Here are a few crafty ways to update old curtains and give them a much-needed facelift!

1. Use the Shibori Technique

Shibori dyeing is a Japanese dyeing technique that involves folding or bunching fabric and soaking it in indigo dye. 

Apply Shibori dyeing to white or neutral curtains for a bold splash of color! 

2. Swap Out Curtain Rods

A new curtain rod can give your curtains a little pick-me-up. Try a rustic bronze or champagne silver for a sleek, modern update that’s easy on your wallet.

3. Add Trim

A touch of trim accents curtains and transforms plain window treatments! 

Use a ribbon of your choice, line it up along the edge of your curtains, and attach it to the fabric using iron-on mending tape.

4. Hang a Mini Garden

Bring your curtains to life by hanging potted plants from your curtain rods. Just make sure you’re using sturdy curtain hardware, such as Kwik-Hang’s curtain rod brackets that hold up to 20 pounds. 

The plants will thank you for the natural light, and your windows will thank you for the brand new look! 

5. Layer Your Curtains

Layered curtains add depth and texture to your windows, and are ideal for blocking light and increasing privacy. Combine sheer curtains with opaque panels, and use double curtain rod brackets to hang.

6. Lengthen Your Curtains

Lengthen your curtains by sewing fabric to the bottom. Aim for the “kiss” or “puddle” look, which can make your windows appear bigger or make the room look more spacious. Learn more about curtain length rules.

7. Update Holdbacks or Tiebacks

Holdbacks and tiebacks are a great way to accent plain curtains and are relatively easy to swap out. 

Choose from rope tiebacks, jeweled holdbacks or metal hardware to update your window’s look. For more ideas, check out 8 Different Ways to Tie Back Curtains.

8. Try Macramé

Love Boho decor? Incorporate macramé (a form of textile that uses knotting techniques to create patterns) on your windows, walls or doorways. Macramé DIY projects are fun, easy and inexpensive. 

9. Paint Your Curtains

Bust out the paintbrush! Paint simple stripes, polka dots or delicate flowers to beautify your curtains and add a unique touch to your space.

10. Play With Dip Dye Ombre

Looking for an exciting DIY project to tackle today? Try dip dye ombre curtains! 

The dip dye ombre technique works best on standard white curtains. Create curtains in your favorite color, or customize them to match any room in your home.

Hang Your Refreshed Curtains in Minutes

Updating your curtains is now easier than ever. Use Kwik-Hang’s damage-free curtain rod brackets to hang your “new” curtains and drapes without drilling! 

Simply align the brackets to your window trim, tap them in with a hammer, and hang your window treatments. It’s easy to install (no measuring or leveling required) and won’t damage your walls or woodwork. 

Perfect your updated look by hanging your curtains in minutes. Experience the Kwik-Hang difference today!

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