DIY Idea: Effortless Window Coverings Using Hardware Store Supplies

Ever since we featured Inness in upstate New York (see: A Rustic, Design-Minded Retreat (with British Standard Kitchens)), I’ve returned to one singular design detail: pull-across window coverings that are effortless and ethereal in all their simplicity. Now I’m eager to replicate the look in my own place.

With two hooks, a swath of fabric (wide enough to stretch across the window with a little elegant draping), and two curtain rings, you too can try it. Have a look:

Photography by Adrian Gaut, courtesy of Inness.

The Inspiration

Interior of Cabin at Inness NY, Photo by Adrian Gaut
Above: One of many restful lodgings at Inness. The window coverings caught my eye: In lieu of drapes on both sides, simple linens hang casually from a hook on one side of the window when not in use. (This photo was taken before the adjacent hook was installed.)
Interior of Cabin at Inness NY, Photo by Adrian Gaut
Above: When it’s time for privacy, guests can unhook one metal loop and hang it from the hardware on the other side of the window.
Lounge at Inness New York
Above: Tall windows, like these, in a lounge, have metal grab-bars for easy reaching. Photograph via Inness.


Anthropologie Forged Iron Wall Hooks
Above: To get the look at home, affix a sturdy metal hook on either side of the window. Forged Iron Wall Hooks are $28 for a set of two from Anthropologie.
Drapery Hooks from Rejuvenation
Above: And add a drapery hook to either side of the curtain. The 3/4-Inch Drapery Curtain Ring Set is $49 for a set of seven from Rejuvenation and has removable clips for easy attaching.
Wrought Iron Hook Extension from Etsy
Above: For easy reaching, Wrought Iron Hook Extension Hangers, hand-forged by the Amish in Pennsylvania, starts at $19.99 from MetalcraftPA on Etsy. Similar finds can be found at the hardware store or plant nursery.

For more, head to our DIY archive.

N.B.: This post was first published on Remodelista on May 26, 2023.

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