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Dalmatian Print Curtains


To me, window dressings should be just a much fashion as they are function. They can create a real W-O-W factor to any room with statement patterns or traditional trims. Since hanging our Dalmatian print curtains in our guest room, I have had lots of questions as to where they are from, but in fact they are bespoke made with a little DIY Ikea hack! This blog will help you create the look for yourself with tips and tricks along the way when creating your own master piece! If you have any questions regarding products, measuring or more please feel free to get in touch.

Getting Started

So, where to start! With any window, you have a choice whether you want them to drape onto the floor or sit above/below the window sill. My personal preference is to always have them touching the floor as I think they dress the window more effectively. Once you have decided, it is time to measure up! At this stage, I didn’t have a pole fitted, so I started my measurements 10cm above the window and ended at the floor surface. I then took the width, measuring 10cm out from the window at both sides to allow space for the pole finials to go. If you need some guidance on how to best measure your window click here for a guide. Once you have your measurements,  you need to calculate how much fabric you will need. I asked my curtain maker how much fabric was needed based on the measurements but if you are looking to work this out yourself you can use online calculators such as ‘We’re In Stitches‘ or  ‘Sew Helpful‘. Also, bare in mind which heading you would like as this may effect how much fabric is required too.

Fabric & Headings

Overall I needed around 7m of fabric. The spotty style fabric I wanted was from Ikea and it was only £5pm totalling just £35, amazing! I decided on a ‘ruched onto pole’ heading as I think they look snazzy and more bespoke with a frill style finish. You also don’t need any curtain hooks or rings as the heading actually slides right onto the pole which I love too. If you have a ruched heading, it is important to know the diameter of the pole so there can be a gap in the fabric/lining, this is where your pole will slide into the curtain fabric so there must be a large enough gap. I also wanted tiebacks with a black pom pom trim, because why not? Once I had everything, I dropped the bargain fabric off at my curtain makers, Becky at RLS Home.

Becky has an extensive history in interior design with a natural eye for detail, she has been making cushions, curtains and blinds for as long as I have known her and there is no-one else I would trust. She has amazing ideas when it comes to interiors and takes all my ideas on board, I left the fabric in her trusty hands ready to collect on a later date.  As the curtains are for a bedroom, I opted for black out lining rather than a standard lining. Even though black out lining works out a little more expensive, I feel they make the curtains feel heavier and look thicker to create a more luxury finish, as well as keeping the light out of course. With large curtains comes weight so it is important to have a sturdy pole that can hold the weight of the curtains. I went for an extendable matte black pole from Dunelm which worked out at £25. I was happy with this pole but found the extendable quality difficult when it came to sliding the curtains onto the pole, but apart from that it was perfect.

Hanging The Curtains

As you can see from the images, the curtains are on the pole before the pole is assembled to the brackets. This is because you are unable to slide the fabric on after due to the finials and brackets being in place. The best advice I would give when doing this is: take the finials off at the start and pop them to one side, slide the curtain panels on, then lift the pole onto the brackets. You can then screw in the pole/brackets and tighten on the finials. I think the only time me and my partner row is when it comes to DIY things (I bet most can agree haha) but team work makes the dream work and getting these curtains up was defiantly that! Once they’re up, take your tie back hooks (if you are using them) and line them up. I would drape the curtains at this point as to how I want them to actually sit with the tiebacks then assemble the hooks in place.

Dressing & Drapes

And we’re done! Once they’re up I would take your step ladder and dress/neaten the fabric out. I like mine to almost meet at the top to give them a dramatic drape effect which I think works well with the tall ceilings, almost like theatre curtains but extra funky! Overall, these curtains worked out so much cheaper than any retail shop considering the length, fabric and finishing touches. Fabric is the key factor when it comes to affordable curtains and this Ikea fabric was a total saver when creating these. I will add all product links below if you would like to shop the look yourself: 

If  you would like to find out more on this room and how to create more Dalmatian inspired decor yourself, check out my recent blog posts below…

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