If you have French patio doors in your home, you are aware of how the sunlight comes inside to brighten up the entire room. While this is usually a pleasing thing, there are times when you would like the option to keep the room shaded, such as when you are trying to look at a computer screen or want to take a nap. The answer would be to use curtains. Most people don't keep curtains on French patio doors, as they compromise the beauty of the door. Here are some curtains you can make that will serve their purpose in giving shade, while doubling as a removable curtain so that you are not committed to using them all day long.
You Will Need:
- Tape measure
- Material in whatever pattern or color you desire
- Curtain rings with clips
- Two thin curtain rods with removable end caps and hardware
Measure the size of your French doors and add 3" to the height and width so you will be able to hem your material. You will need to purchase two panels of cloth; one for each door. Pick a color that you find pleasing. A darker color would work better at keeping out the sunlight.
Pin both pieces of material so there is a 1 1/2" hem on each side. This will help your curtains to last longer and keep the edges of the material from fraying. Use your needle and thread to sew uniform, tight stitches to ensure the hem stays in place. You can use a sewing machine to do this step, if desired.
Using The Hardware
You will need to attach the curtain rods to the top of your french doors using the hardware that is provided. Measure down from the top of each door and mark the area where you would like each curtain rod hung. Make sure that the spots where the screws will be added are straight across from each other so that the curtain will hang straight across on each door. Use your screwdriver to screw the curtain rods into place.
Adding Your Curtain
Remove one end cap on a curtain rod and string eight to ten rings with clips on each curtain rod. Screw the end cap back into place. The rings can be moved back and forth on the rod and the other end can be clipped to the top of your curtain panel.