I moved to a new school this year, which means a new classroom to design! It's January and I still haven't made it just the way I would like, but it's a work in progress -- it always takes me a good school year to get a new classroom set just the way I like it...anyone else?
Anyway, I love my new classroom - I have some really great features that work well for my style and my students. However, the building is quite old and dated, so I needed to make some adjustments. I have these great cabinets for storage that span an entire wall, but boy, are they UUUUGGGLLLYYYY. The cabinet doors were all nicked up and were SUCH a pain to open and close. You would think they slide open easily...they don't.
They are OLD and I would get so frustrated trying to get ANYTHING out of them...so I took the doors off.
It was really easy to access all my items and for students too if they needed, but I also hated seeing all my storage, so I started looking into curtains. I searched for HOURS trying to find the perfect curtains of the perfect length and just couldn't drop the cash needed for 6 of these. So I did some research for some DIY curtains. Side note: I am NOT crafty. I do not sew or anything of the like. I also need easy because I am not the most patient person.
I found some great options and decided on tie curtains. SUPER EASY and not too expensive. All I needed was fabric and tension rods. I had a couple tension rods laying around my house, so I just picked up some $5 rods at Walmart. Then I went to Hobby Lobby and snagged some fabric on sale. For all 6 cabinets, it cost me about $60. I didn't think that was too bad considering I LOVE them and will be keeping them for years to come.
Okay, here's a QUICK how to!
1. Measure your cabinets to make sure you have the correct lengths when fabric shopping. My cabinets were 22 inches tall by 37 inches wide. I decided on a yard and a half for the width and then I needed to double the height because you will be wrapping it around the rod to tie, so my fabric had a height of 44 inches.
2. Fold the fabric in half by the height. My fabric was now a yard in a half by 22 inches. Cut the fabric into 1 inch strips. I wasn't worried about being super neat and straight - you don't notice when they're all together anyway.
3. Wrap the strip around the rod and tie. Repeat until the curtain is complete.
Easy, right??? Check out the finished product!