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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 used to separate the front cab area of our RV, so I wanted to share a post about them.
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.
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 Pendleton 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.
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.
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
- drop cloths
When to go the Curtain Alternative route
There are 2 main reasons I’d recommend taking the curtain-alternative approach.
1. You’re struggling to find 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.
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 as I did for our lace curtains, which were made out of table runners from our wedding!
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.
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.
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.
Tip: Pinch the fabric before clipping on the curtain hooks. This will help create creases in the fabric and make the blankets appear more “curtain-like”.
Have you used curtain alternatives before or have a favorite resource? Tell us about it in the comments below!
DIY Lace Curtains – These are curtains I tweaked using lace table runners!
How to Make Burlap Roller Shades – An Alternative to Curtains you may want to consider
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