I upgraded my dining room sliding door with a budget-friendly IKEA curtain upgrade and am amazed at the impact of such minor updates. It makes me wonder why I didn’t work on this before now!
My curtain and sliding door situation was looking a little boring when I started working on the dining room:
But I’m excited to share that it now looks much better:
Bringing Back Urbane Bronze
I wanted to get a French door to replace my sliding door to the backyard, but the purchase and install costs can add up. My goal is to have a French door eventually, but for now, I think I’ve made some significant improvements.
I painted the frame of my existing sliding door in the same color I painted all my interior doors downstairs last summer, Sherwin Williams Urbane Bronze. I worried about the paint coming off when the door opened and closed, but it has held up very well so far. (Update: after several years, the paint is STILL holding up very well. No regrets about painting the door.) There’s a small line the paint has worn off on the bottom track, but it is barely noticeable.
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Elegant IKEA Curtain Upgrade on a Budget
In my first One Room Challenge post, where I shared my dining room mood board, I planned on purchasing curtains from Pottery Barn. I searched Pinterest for some more cost-effective curtain options and landed on IKEA. Ironically, an IKEA store opened in the Indianapolis area last week, so it worked out perfectly!
Everything for the curtains came from IKEA: the curtains themselves, the curtain rod, the curtain rings, hemming tape, brackets, and the finials. It cost around $85 in total. Not bad at all for a complete IKEA curtain upgrade.
Before hanging, I washed, dried, and ironed the curtains. The Ritva curtains shrink when you wash them, so this is important to do before hanging or hemming them.
Hanging the Curtains
I wanted my curtains to hang high, giving the illusion of a taller ceiling (mine are only 8 ft). After reading reviews online, I chose the Ritva curtains, 57×98″. They are also available on Amazon. I put two panels on each side of the door so the curtains looked more substantial.
After that, I put the curtain rod up, the Hugad from Ikea.
Next, I attached the curtains to the rings. Fun fact about Ritva curtains: you can completely customize the look depending on how you connect them. They can go directly on the curtain rod, or you can use rings. The packaging has illustrations that show your options:
If you choose to use curtain rings (I used these, Syrlig), the packing also shows different options for attaching them. I went for the option on the right to get more of a pleated look.
Once the curtains were up, it was time to hem them, and I’m not one for sewing. I used hemming tape from Ikea, Sy, which might be my new favorite thing! It’s so easy and convenient. I ironed and hemmed the curtains after hanging to ensure I got the exact length I wanted and used two rows of hemming tape side-by-side for a better bond.
After that, the curtains were done! I went for a look where the curtains just barely touched the floor.
I love them. Here’s a view of the curtains when they are closed:
Here’s another look at the before and after:
And finally, here’s a photo of how it all came together in my finished dining room:
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IKEA Curtain Links
Here are links directly to IKEA for the materials I used:
- Ritva curtains (I used 57×98″, four panels total with two per side.)
- Betydlig brackets
- Hugad curtain rod
- Syrlig curtain rings
- Sy hemming tape
One Room Challenge Links
Here are the links to my other posts from the One Room Challenge:
If you’d like, check out the other bloggers participating in the One Room Challenge! I’ll keep posting on my progress throughout the six weeks.