DIY Floor Length Curtains

Hey guys! So a while back I had Instagramed a picture of my new DIY curtains {here}, & I’m finally blogging about them.. Sometimes I am doing so many projects at once that I forget to blog about them. That’s why many of my DIY’s don’t go on the blog.. I should do a post on “Liz Marie’s Lost Projects” featuring all of those projects that were never posted about. What do you think? :) Anyways I wanted to show you how I “made” these floor length curtains for less then $10 a panel.

These lovely curtains are actually tablecloths, yes, you read that right. I bought these tablecloths from Bed Bath & Beyond {here}. You can order them online or find them in your local store. My local store did not carry them, so an associate at my store actually ordered them in the store & sent them to my home with free shipping. If you use your 20% off coupon it brings the price to around $10 per tablecloth. Please excuse the cell phone pictures I took of the tablecoths before we hung them up… I was too impatient to get my camera out…

Before hanging them I had to run them through the dryer to release all the wrinkles on the tablecloths. I hung the tablecloths with ring clips purchased from Lowe’s for about $5 a pack. I needed four tablecloths & four packages of clips for our living room. Each panel requires about one pack of rings, you can do more or less, it’s your preference.

Before these DIY curtains, we had {these} curtains from Pottery Barn. I loved them for a long time, but when we got our white couches, the cream color wasn’t cutting it anymore & I didn’t like the length on our windows. The fact that they didn’t touch the floor made my OCD spike daily!! Here is a quick picture I took before we hung our DIY curtains…

& after…

If you didn’t notice we also raised both of the curtain rods up 8″ which also helped make the window area look larger & made the ceilings appear higher as well. I love how the curtains puddle on the floor creating a warm romantic feeling. I feel like it makes our living room cozy & inviting.

Our living room is always so bright.. so here is a picture with the blinds closed. I am not complaining though, I do love all the natural light our living room gets. I may decided to hem these babies one day, but for now I’m enjoying all of the extra fabric & the extra added element of drama that they add to the room.

What do you think of these DIY floor length curtains for cheap?? I am a little obsessed with them & how they look so shabby chic along with our white couches. I hope you all had a great weekend, ours was so busy! Our master bedroom makeover is underway & we sold our entire bedroom set, bought all new linens for the room, & also cleaned out our closets {ick!} All while I am taking midterms for all of my classes, have I mentioned how ready I am for this semester to be over with? Yup, I’m ready. Be sure to go “like” Liz Marie Blog on facebook {here} for all updates, giveaways, & more!


  1. The puddling of the curtains adds such a romantic feeling. Love that! What a clever idea.

    • I agree Tiffany! To me it’s so cozy and inviting..Thanks for leaving your feedback!! I hope you had a great weekend :) xx Liz Marie

      • I found your blog recently looking up homemade laundry detergent and can’t stop. I so love your blog, your so creative and inspirational. I am currently on my way to lowe’s now to get a curtain rod and went to Bed Bath and Beyond on Friday to get the curtains :).

  2. I love the puddling of the curtains too but, alas, I have TWO, big, shedding, Labradors whom i love dearly, but their hair collects everywhere! So guess I can’ “puddle”. lol

    • haha yes Kathy.. no puddling for you.. that could get messy.. thankfully I have non-shedding shitzus, but they did try making a bed in the puddles the first day.. they quickly learned that they were not dog beds ;)

  3. They are so pretty!

  4. They look absolutely amazing Liz! Good job (:

  5. Great little puddle going! Super pretty.

    I think I have a few “never got around to blogging it’s” too ;)

    • hahaha Maybe it’s a common thing! That makes me feel a little better :) But I want to start getting better at blogging them all.. maybe when this semester is over my brain won’t be on overload anymore! haha Thanks for your sweet comment.. I’m glad you love my puddles!!! :)

  6. JaneEllen says:

    The dreamy curtains against the gray walls and black curtain rod is very striking, love it.

  7. They look beautiful. I’m with you…I like curtains to touch the floor! :)

  8. I’m so glad I found you! I’m in search of curtains, I’ve Bern looking at cloth shower curtains for a cheaper alternative but haven’t found enough of the one I like (usually 3 when I need 4) so now I’m on a new mission,you rock thanks!! Michelle

    • I’m so glad you found me too!! I know how frustrating finding curtains can be.. trust me I have looked for years!! I hope you find some that you love!! xx Liz Marie

  9. Luisa Esposito says:

    Very nice job indeed. I love the the color combination and the light coming in the room, but the price is right!

    • Yes! The price was amazing.. I can’t believe how much curtains are.. and I love changing my decor so much that I need to find cheap ways to keep changing all the time ;) xx

  10. alexis peck says:

    Full of great ideas like always. Ive used queen sheets on my windows lol

  11. Nice idea! I’m not sure on the quality difference, but IKEA sells a pack of 2 white curtain panels for $5. They seem more see-through, but still could also be a good deal. I love the idea of raising up the curtain rod and definitely want to do that!

    • that is a great deal Molly! We don’t live near an ikea and I’ve only been there once and I have never looked at there curtains, but I would be curious to see the quality difference. That is such a steal on curtains for sure!! Thanks for sharing!

  12. What a great idea! I never thought of that, you can’t even tell and they are so pretty!!

    • Thank you so much Michele! I agree.. I really don’t think anyone would be able to tell that I have table cloths on my windows.. & I can just take a curtain down to use on the thanksgiving table if I need an extra ;)

  13. They look so light and clean, just lovely! I tried the same but used single white sheets from Target…it is so hard to find curtain clips here in Australia…grrr

  14. These look awesome! Thanks for sharing. I love cheap curtain ideas.

  15. OH YOU CLEVER…. I was just thinking how the curtains in my bedroom although long need replacing…brilliant idea love thank you so much…hugs..xo Lu

    • Lucy! you just made my whole night :) you are too sweet… I really do enjoy my new additions to our living room!!! I hope you have fun making yours ;) xx Liz Marie

  16. Well I sure wish I would have thought about making my curtains before I ordered about a million for PB! You rock sweet friend!!!

  17. Umm yes please! Please please do a post on your latest projects! I’m totally with you though, not everything I do actually makes it on the blog. But I want to see what your brilliant mind is up to. And these curtains are gorgeous!

  18. These turned out beautifully and I love that you made them out of tablecloths! Much cheaper than curtains :) Thanks for sharing at All Start Block Party last week.

  19. You are a genius! I love it and am so excited to do this! I want to hang white curtains and globe lights on our screen porch after we move in a few months, but didn’t want to spend much on them since they’re sure to get dirty over time. Thanks for the great idea!

  20. I’m so happy I found the pics of your b e a u t i f u l curtains. I did just buy some white curtains from pottery barn, but they are not as WIDE as yours–wider is nice because each panel is fuller, and I have a wide window too! I think I will return the PB ones and get white tablecloths! Do you like the polyester (if that’s what you have)? I was thinking of ordering cotton ones. . .but I really like the price of the polyester. I bet you can’t even tell a difference.
    BTW my daughter was over and we love your blog. Thanks so much!

  21. Elegant and lovely! Just what I was looking for for my new dining room!

  22. I thought I was the only one! ha ha… A few years ago I made DIY curtains from King size sheets but it involved a lot of cutting and hemming (the lazy way, with stitch witchery) and were ruined when I washed them. One day I was walking through BB&B and saw that the tablecloth lengths were close to what I needed for raised curtain rods and SO much cheaper! I even scored a $4 Tommy Bahama tablecloth for our bedroom windows in the clearance section!

    I didn’t have enough drapery hooks for the guest bedroom so I overlapped one end and used safety pins – can’t even see them! I only used one tablecloth for that window and pushed it to one side but I might cut it up the middle to create two panels.

    Great job!

  23. Tablecloths – what a great idea!!! Oh, and I totally know what you mean by having a post of “lost diy projects”. I could write a book on “lost recipes” that I’ve made, but didn’t like the photos enough to post. I’m off to discover more of your great blog. Thanks!

  24. Nice! I’ve been looking for new curtain ideas for my living room. May just have found the solution. Thanks!

  25. What I’ve done too is fold the ends of the curtains onto the inside so they don’t touch the floor.

    Popped in from FYF.

  26. These are so lovely! And simple! Pinning…

  27. WOW! And to think – I paid like 150.00 for the same look in my bedroom! An amazing job… I may do this in my daughter’s room to add some character and color to it. I wonder what other color they have those tablecloths in…lol

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  29. Love the idea, so glad I found your blog! I’m also loving the wood/metal piece we see a peek of in the upper left corner of the last picture – was that a DIY project as well or can I purchase it somewhere?

  30. Those curtains are PURE genius! My husband and I got married a couple weeks ago, and because our finances are tight, we are needing to get house decorations for the cheapest amount possible. On top of that, I am the worst at sewing and putting things together. Thank you so much for the suggestion for the curtains. I love them! My husband is going to be so excited that we finally will have things to hang in our windows! We were looking at plantation shutters naples fl , and other options, like blinds, but we wanted to get the shutters, plus curtains. Thanks again so much for the ideas!

  31. Michelle Marquis says:

    Those curtains are really special. I’m actually kind of in love with them. I just wanted to share an article I found that fits perfectly with this. It’s a bunch of creative ways to use curtain rods. I actually made one it’s a book and magazine rack. Two curtain rods and a store bought curtain I sewed a second pocket on and I was done. As soon as I get my blog up I’m posting some pictures. But the article is here They have some really cool ideas.

  32. I really like the idea of the clips! I’m currently working on some white curtains for my sewing room. These would look very cute! Thanks for sharing!

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  34. I love these tablecloths used as curtains! No-one would ever know. I made heavyweight curtains out of bedspreads once when I realised how expensive the fabric I wanted would be – and they were amazing a cutting down on draughts, even unlined! So clever, keep the ideas coming…

  35. I think your curtains are great. I like the clip ring idea rather than grommets, too. May I suggest that you turn down the top of the table cloths and clip at the new edge to have a sort of top valance. You would then have a little less puddle and a bit more material for more structure at the top. I’m using painters drop cloths for my lake house living room. We’re looking for a rustic feel. I will go purchase the clip rings as we shop at Lowes all the time! Thanks for the ideas!

  36. This is just what I needed to find today! I’m trying to make an area in my room where I can shoot my hair tutorials for my blog and am temporarily hanging curtain rods in corner area. I’ve been trying to figure out what I might use that is long enough since normal fabric can only be about 60 inches. Don’t know why it never entered my mind to look at table cloths! Fabulous! Thanks so much. Yours look beautiful!

  37. This is just what I needed to find today! I’m trying to make an area in my room where I can shoot my hair tutorials for my blog and am temporarily hanging curtain rods in a corner area. I’ve been trying to figure out what I might use that is long enough since normal fabric can only be about 60 inches. Don’t know why it never entered my mind to look at table cloths! Fabulous! Thanks so much. Yours look beautiful!

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  60. I’ve done this many times not only with tableclothes of various prints and/or colors but I also have used sheets! For bathroom curtains I e used towels and also towels for kitchen windows over a sink. Customize by using lace, twine, whatever comes to your mind.

  61. I did something similar, but with flat bed sheets. I used the flat sheet as my long panel and the pillow cases for my short window, and the fitted sheet for pillows and seat covers.

  62. Instead of hemming them — if and when you ever get to that point — would it work to fold over the top (either inside or out) and clip them along the fold with the ring clips?

  63. That is a great idea for drapes. They wash and wear nicely. I personally don’t like the rings, but I guess you can use hemming tape and make a pocket for a curtain rod.

  64. I couldn’t find fabric that I really liked to make my own curtains and as you say, curtains are so expensive. So I bought table clothes at our local Walmart and made them into roman shades. They ended up costing about $5.00 a piece and I loved them.

  65. Sometimes it is good to go for DIY curtains and you are not so serious about the look and feel of the curtains but if you care about the beauty and finishing of the blinds and curtains or looking for some specific blinds like roman or outdoor blinds, motorised curtains or blinds then you need to buy it from some good store.

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