One of my most requested favorite sources round-ups is finally here!
I am frequently asked where to find good curtain panels. And it is always a loaded question, because the real question is, “where do I find good curtain panels that don’t cost a fortune?!”
Curtain panels seem like they should be affordable, until you realize one only covers half the window and pretty soon you do the math to figure out you need 8 panels. Suddenly the pretty ones you found for a $100 per panel are out of your reach.
In today’s favorite sources post, I am dishing on my favorite budget-friendly curtain panels.
For many spaces, I source white or cream panels which are pretty easy to find on a budget. It’s like sticking with white lampshades…you can’t go wrong.
Second to that, I prefer curtain panels with a great color or pattern…not overly busy, but enough to make a statement in the space.
No matter how much you spend on curtain panels, if you want a high-end look go from ceiling to floor. Standard panels are 84″, which means the curtain rod has to be right above the window frame for the curtains to dust the floor…not the most flattering look for your room. For standard 8 ft. ceilings, you should get 94-96″ long curtain panels, which will go ceiling to floor and make your room appear taller and larger.
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Here is my roundup of sources for budget-friendly curtain panels. Budget-friendly means under $50 a panel (yes, in curtain world that is budget-friendly), but there are many on here for much less. Each featured curtain panel is linked below.
West Elm – I have a soft spot in my heart for West Elm curtain panels. They always have a beautiful selection. Although they have some that go over $50 per panel, they always have great patterned options that start under $50 per panel. (Shown: Scribble Midnight, Ikat Key, Bold Stripe)
World Market – If your style is more traditional or globally-inspired and you love nature-motif and floral patterns, World Market has you covered. I used the slate green velvet panels to re-cover the slipper chairs in my living room. (Shown: Citrus Ikat Panel, Slate Green Velvet Curtain, Pakshi Bird of Paradise Curtain)
Target – Hands-down one of the best affordable selections of curtain panels in store, but they have even more options online, including longer lengths. We have the navy jacquard Ikat panel serving as a doorway to our understairs playroom. We recently put the navy velvet blackout panels in my son’s room and they are divine…I want to move into his room. (Shown: Jacquard Ikat, Mudhut Samover Window Panel, Farrah Lattice, Boho Boutique Lola Window Panel, Farrah Fretwork, Velvet Light Block Window Panel)
JCPenney – I will be honest, I would pass on most of the window treatments at JCP, but they did the right thing by bringing Jonathan Adler on board. These Happy Chic window treatments will keep your wallet happy, too. (Shown: Elizabeth Canvas Curtain Panel, Lola Sheer Curtain Panel, Chloe Curtain Panel)
Pier 1 – Best suited for traditional styles, Pier 1 has a nice selection of patterned drapes. I am not a floral person, but find myself swooning over the midnight floral panels. (Shown: Amelie Scripted, Midnight Floral, Azure Tile)
Z Gallerie – If you like luxe geometrics, look no further than Z Gallerie. These are pretty much their only three options under $50, but they are good looking options. (Shown: Montecito Panels, Geo Panels, Ankara Panels)
Urban Outfitters – For the young, and young at heart, I love the selection at Urban Outfitters. They always have fun saturated colors, gauzy silhouettes, and modern patterns. (Shown: Plum & Bow Confetti Curtain, Plum & Bow Lana Curtain, Plum & Bow Polka Dot Curtain)
Ikea – If you need a lot of panels, or extra long lengths, Ikea is your best options. They have lots of great solids and a few show-stopping patterns. I upholstered my game room benches with the Sanela velvet panels, it is a beautiful material. (Shown: Werna Block-out Curtains Dark Lilac, Sanela Curtains Light Turquoise, Lappljung Curtains Red)
Don’t Forget DIY
If all of these options still seem to pricey, try making your own panels. They are an easy no-sew project. Next to throw pillows, I think DIY curtain panels are a huge money-saver.
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