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Our RV Curtains and My Secret to Finding Them - how I found the perfect Southwest-inspired curtains for our tiny home on wheels! MountainModernLife.com

Why I Chose Blankets for our RV Curtains

Are you searching for the perfect curtains for your home or RV, but struggling with finding that vision you have in your head?

Or maybe you did find the perfect curtains, only to realize they’re out of your current budget. Womp Womp.

I’ve been there. More times than I’d like to admit.

That’s why today I’m going to share our RV curtains with you, along with a tip I hope will open up more possibilities for you.

I’ve been getting a lot of questions about the curtains we have in the front cab area of our RV, so I wanted to share a quick post about them.

I’m gonna keep this post simple and to the point.

Curtains don’t need to be curtains. 

The curtains we have in the front of our RV are actually… blankets!

Why I Chose Blankets for our RV Curtains

Maybe you know this and maybe you’re already using something other than actual curtains to cover your windows.

This isn’t a new idea by any means, but I wanted to throw it out there for anyone who maybe hasn’t considered this option.

Our Southwest-Inspired RV Curtains

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After spending over a year trying to find the perfect curtains at a price I was willing to pay, I finally found two blankets to do the job. They are Ruth & Boaz blankets I found on Amazon, and I love them! They may not be the same quality as a Pendelton but if you’re looking for a warm, cozy, southwest-inspired camp blanket at an affordable price, they may be just what you need.

We already had one of the blankets in our bedroom, so I just opted for a different design and color for the living room.

Our RV Curtains and My Secret to Finding Them - how I found the perfect Southwest-inspired curtains for our tiny home on wheels! MountainModernLife.com

The best part? If we need extra blankets, we have them!

These curtains don’t actually provide any extra privacy in our RV, we use them to create a cozier vibe and block off the cab area if we want. I have the blankets hanging from ring hooks so I didn’t need to do any sewing or hemming. The other plus of using ring hooks is that it adds a little more length to the curtains, which can be nice if you’re just a couple inches shy on your fabric.


Curtain Alternatives

Over the past few years I’ve kept an open mind to using curtains in our home, and when I’m searching for the perfect color, design or texture I’ll often keep an eye out for the following:

  • fabric shower curtains
  • tablecloths
  • drop cloths
  • sheets
  • blankets

When to go the Curtain Alternative route

There are 2 main reasons I’d recommend going the curtain-alternative route.

  1. You’re struggling finding curtains in a design you love
  2.  You’re looking to save money

If what you find isn’t going to save you money and you don’t love it, then you’re probably better off sticking to actual curtains. There’s no need to create more work if you don’t need to.

Our RV Curtains and the Secret to Finding Them - how I found the perfect Southwest-inspired curtains for our tiny home on wheels! MountainModernLife.com

Curtain Length

The main problem I had in the past was that our ceilings were pretty high and I’ve always hung our curtains from the ceiling to make the windows appear larger (this makes a HUGE difference!), and finding the above mentioned items, in a design I loved AND in the length I needed wasn’t always easy.

I guess the upside of having a lower ceiling in our RV is that it opened up more possibilities.

So be sure to keep in mind the length you need, and again you can always improvise by adding ring hooks. You can also add a bit of fabric to the top or bottom if you have to, but keep in mind the price and time you’ll be adding to see if it’s worth it. If you need something wider you may consider adding embellishments like I did for our lace curtains, which were made out of table runners from our wedding!

Our RV Curtains and My Secret to Finding Them | MountainModernLife.com

Texture/Drape

A few years ago I used tablecloths from Target in my home office, only because I got impatient and couldn’t find plain white, pocket rod curtains under $100! It was honestly kinda crazy, but looking back I probably could have just driven an hour to Ikea and been good to go – or ordered some online.

Side Note: If you’re looking for simple, affordable curtains? Ikea may just have you covered! 

The main issue I had with the tablecloths is that they were pretty heavy and didn’t drape all that well.

I later purchased different tablecloths for our dining room but they were made out of a linen-blend and the drape was much better.

Moral of the story? Definitely keep in mind how the fabric will fall once they’re hanging up.

Our RV Curtains and My Secret to Finding Them - how I found the perfect Southwest-inspired curtains for our tiny home on wheels! MountainModernLife.com

Only buy what you love (and be patient when you can’t find it!)

After spending over a year searching for the perfect, rustic, southwest-inspired curtains at a price I was willing to pay, I settled on other options. On more than one occasion.

And you know what I hate more than struggling to find that vision floating around in my head? Wasting money. And time. Time driving to countless retail stores, or laying in bed browsing online shops, or time returning products that don’t work. Time I’ll never get back. And it’s really silly to buy 3 less expensive sets of curtains you don’t really like vs. 1 more expensive pair of curtains you love.

I’m a big believer in buying what you love, and it’s been easier since we hit the road in our tiny home on wheels. With that said, there are times I’ve gotten so frustrated in not finding what I want that I settle. And all that does is leave me with something I’m going to want to replace later on, or ends with me at the store doing a return (or Eric, haha).

Enjoy what you currently have

Sometimes you gotta make do with what you have or can find, and that’s totally fine! It’s easy to feel rushed or think we need to have everything perfect right away, but a home is created over time.

Think about buying better, not more. If that means you have to wait to save a little more, or until you find that thing that makes your heart skip a beat, just remember that your patience will pay off.

Take time to enjoy and be grateful for what you do have, rather than stressing about what you’d rather have. This is sometimes easier said than done but it’s good to put ourselves in check every so often.

Our RV Curtains and My Secret to Finding Them | MountainModernLife.com

If you’re struggling with finding what you love, then take a step back, be patient and let go of trying to control the situation. In my experience that only ends with me obsessing over finding something (with no luck) and once I take a break the thing I’m looking for will usually show up. Funny how the Universe works, eh?

Of course you can always browse fabric stores to find that perfect pattern, design, or texture but I’m not so handy with a sewing machine and generally when I do find a fabric I love it’s on the pricier side and I’m too nervous to take a chance ruining them. Luckily, back when we lived in Georgia, my mom volunteered to make our buffalo plaid curtains from fabric I had purchased off Ebay.

Overall, I think it’s good to have an open mind when it comes to decorating your home, and reimagine how something can work in your space other than the use it’s actually intended for.

Have you used curtain alternatives before or have a favorite resource? Tell us about it in the comments below!


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Why I chose Southwest Camp Blankets for our RV Curtains, plus tips for finding curtain alternatives! MountainModernLife.com

Comments

  • Tracey Bradshaw

    20+ years ago when we built our first home, we were gifted some window coverings (wood weave blinds) and curtain rods (all ex samples) by a friend who worked for a company that sold them. We were young and money was really tight after sinking every spare dollar into the house, leaving the decorating to happen as funds allowed. I knew the curtains I eventually wanted for the front rooms of our house (including our bedroom) were not going to be in the budget for a while, but privacy dictated a need for something to cover the glass and I also wanted it to look nice. With zero $ in the curtain kitty, I raided my linen closet and found a pile of matching flat sheets in a neutral cream shade (hand me downs from when I had first left home). They were the perfect yardage for creating voluminously gathered drapes and valances (mid 90’s style) for 2 sash windows and a fixed pane side window in our bedroom. No one realised they were sheets until I proudly pointed out my thrifty handy work. It helped that they were hanging on the beautiful (free) Kirsch rods. Everyone (including us) loved the style so much that I ended up replacing the sheets a couple of years later with similar curtains that I made from beautiful damask fabric. I was a professional seamstress in those days and ended up making all of our window coverings, but these days I don’t get as much enjoyment out of sewing so I tend to get things made – reading your post and remembering my days of having to think outside the box to diy and stretch the budget has actually motivated me to consider sewing some soft furnishings for our current home (I’m in my 7th house since we built that first one in 1996).
    I love your blog even though we don’t really RV. We are in Australia and do travel when we can, camping in our 2015 pop up camper. We have done some big treks here over the years, including 2 trips of over 5,000 miles each which we completed over 3 weeks (Adelaide to Port Lincoln, Perth, Margaret River, Albany, Esperance and back to Adelaide – tent camping in 2010 then Adelaide to Darwin, Kakadu, Katherine and Uluru – then back to Adelaide, maiden voyage in our camper with our 2 teenagers in 2015). We have had quite a few other short trips but we don’t get away as often as we’d like. Next 2 week camping trip will be Kangaroo Island, off the coast of South Australia later this year. Before that we are spending 2 weeks road tripping around Tasmania but we will be hiring a car and Airbnbing it. Google some of the places we’ve visited if you get the time – it’s some spectacular scenery.

    May 11, 2018
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  • We have been looking for the right color/pattern for curtains for a couple months. My rig has no curtains and we want to add something. I like increasing my options with your ideas. Good article.

    May 14, 2018
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  • Susan MacVicar

    I like the basket you have next to your sofa.

    May 15, 2018
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  • Sue Cates

    Love those blankets with the rug! Do you know the name of it or remember where you got it?

    May 15, 2018
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  • Kathleen Sitton

    Haven’t tried replacing RV curtains. The more I read and see, thinking about it. I used canvas dropcloths on my great room windows. Used ring clips. So much easier to take down for laundering. They have a burlap look w/o smell and rough look. 😊

    June 15, 2018
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    • That’s a great idea Kathleen! I really like it when an out of the box idea comes together 🙂

      August 23, 2018
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  • Ellen Johnson

    Linen tea towels on rings work great as cafe curtains or for small windows. Mine are white with one blue stripe at the edge.

    September 17, 2018
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    • That’s a great idea Ellen! We love finding different ways to use a variety items, thinking outside the box 🙂

      December 11, 2018
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