Design Your Own Blackout Drapes Design Your Own Blackout Drapes

Blackout drapes are used to keep natural light out of a room. This particular type of drape is popular for bedrooms when you need to sleep during the day. They are also good for blocking hot afternoon sun in the summertime. In most cases, blackout drapes don’t look like high-end drapes at all, but rather like cheap, solid-colored, mild curtains from any discount store. However, you can always design your own sliding door drapes or bedroom drapes.

Step 1 - Take Measurements

The first thing you should do when designing your own blackout drapes is to determine the size of the window that needs covering, and the appropriate length of your curtains. Now keep in mind that you will have to hang your curtains to cover the window and the window sill and sides, because the goal is to block out as much light as possible, so measure accordingly.

Step 2 - Take Notes

Go to a fabric store and note the options available for making the curtains. Purchase sample pieces of fabric so you can see how thick a lining you need to block out the light. Also take notes on price and apply these notes to your budget, and adjust as necessary.

Step 3 - Set Your Scale

Now you need to set a scale to your paper. Assign your scale 2 inches per foot, and draw the window out on your paper with your pencil. Make sure you use a ruler both for measurements and for straight edges. If you need a little aid in making your scale, you can use graphing paper to help you with measurement consistency.

Step 4 - Draw Drape Design

Draw your drapes flat against the window, rather than trying to draw the natural hang of fabric. This will help you determine consistency in size, color, and design. Draw them flat and make sure to keep the scale—this will show you how much fabric and lining you need to make your blackout drapes.

Now that everything’s drawn out, color it to your liking according to the fabric swatch upon which you’ve decided. If you want to add bolder design details, now’s the time to do it. This might take a few tries to get the right design down, but what determines the right design will depend on your own personal taste.

Step 5 - Purchase Materials

Buy your fabric and lining according to your measurements, as well as your notions, and sew them all together.

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