5 Unexpected Uses For Curtains

See ways to use your curtains other than just plain window treatments

Photography: Michael Angelo Chua (Main Photo)

It’s a common problem in our household that we use up so much space or tend to accumulate clutter as time goes by. A simple solution to those problems can be solved by just two pieces of fabric—curtains! Curtains are not just pieces of cloth intended to block light or drafts of air; it’s our go-to material for an easy DIY and affordable way to an organized home.

Here are five more ways to use curtains, aside from using them on windows:

1. To hide a closet

Storage and shelving is an efficient and convenient space solution, but it isn’t always the most attractive part of a room because not everything you store looks good. Curtains add a soft touch to a storage space while keeping the shelves and their contents tucked neatly away from view. Another plus: curtains are more affordable and easier to install than closet doors.

2. To add more privacy to an area

In a studio, or a tiny home, every bit of space counts. So if you want to define, for example, a sleeping area from your living room without using walls or dividers, use curtains. This will also come in handy for bedrooms in an open plan. You keep the room private at night when you close the curtains, and when you’re ready to get out of bed, slide them open to expand the room.

3. To create an extra room

When you have an empty space, you can turn it into a den or entertainment area with a flexible floor area so guests can easily convert it into a guest room whenever they spend the night. Instead of building partitions, walls, or sliding doors to separate the spaces, use fabric curtains. This strategy allows the welcoming guest room to stay cozy and intimate as well as connected to the rest of the space.

4. To keep mess out of sight

There are space-planning issues that can be an eyesore, like when the bed is near the sink or kitchen area. It will cost you to add doors to enclose the space and might make the room seem more cramped. Place a curtain so that you just draw the curtains open and closed to access the kitchen. This will also hide from view your cooking utensils and implements.

5. To make a sitting nook

Bay windows are a really nice idea for the bedroom. They offer the perfect opportunity to include a reading nook or a small seating area. You can have an extra private sitting nook (or sleeping nook!) within your bedroom when you place curtains in a way that you conceal the bay window

PHOTOS (in order): Jun Pinzon | Miguel Nacianceno (2 and 5) | Michael Angelo Chua (3 and 4)

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