I have a solution for you. When we put on our laundry room, we chose open shelving as a really affordable way to add much needed storage to the room. I literally hung rows of open shelving on the walls in place of cabinets. Having everything constantly on display made the room feel cluttered and messy. I tried reorganizing the shelves, utilizing baskets, and even changing out what was stored in that room, but nothing helped.
I started researching options for hanging curtains and found out that hanging curtains on floating shelves is not an easy task. Still without a plan, I went shopping for material, hoping something would spark an idea. Then I saw it: stick-on, round pieces of Velcro.
So here is my suggestion for you Easy pleated curtains hung using round pieces of stick-on velcro. Now, I am no seamstress; I taught myself to sew after having my first baby, so when I say easy, I really mean easy. For these curtains, I used one inch pleats set about every 5 inches. I need to be able to get to the items behind the curtains easily, so I didn't want to have to fight a lot of extra fabric to do so.
I started by measuring the full length of the shelves I wanted to cover and added 1 inch for my hem allowances. Then I added length for the pleats. For every 1-inch pleat, I need 2 inches of fabric. For pleats every 5 inches, I needed to sew 7 pleats. So I needed 51" of fabric (37" for the shelf and hem allowance plus 14" for the pleats)
Then I measured the height from the top shelf, where the curtains would hang to the last shelf, where I wanted the curtains to end and added one inch.
It was time to get cutting. I laid the fabric out on a large cardboard sewing cutting board like this one, pinned the edges down on one side and got cutting.
Next I ironed my down the hem seams, using a sewing ruler to make sure my seams were even. I turned in half inch hems all the way around and pinned them in place.
Now for the pleats. I laid the top of the curtains on the ironing board and measured 5" from one side. I marked at 5" and 7" using a sewing pencil like these. I lined the marks up with the 5" mark over the 7" mark, pressed with my iron and pinned. I planned on sewing 6" long pleats,, so I measured 6" from the top of the curtains and marked that as well. I did this across the width of my fabric and I was ready to sew.
I started by hemming along the sides and bottom of the curtains, then turned my attention to top.
sew down the edges of the pleats 6" and was
I placed my Velcro hook pieces on along the shelf and then placed the "loop" side to the hook side, sticky side out. I lined up my fabric and pressed down on each Velcro piece to attach it to the curtain.
The whole project cost my about $20.00 and I made 2 shelf curtains and a French door window panel. Seriously, if I had know how easy this would be I would have done it months ago!