Adding a lining to existing draperies can help to conserve energy, cutting back on the amount of money you spend to cool and heat your home. Oftentimes, the addition of a lining can prove less expensive than switching out an old set of curtains for a new one. You can even choose to buy replacement curtains and then add your own lining to them.
Curtains can be lined with or without the use of a sewing machine. Here’s a step-by-step overview how to line your curtains courtesy of WikiHow.com:
Remove the existing curtains (or unpack them if they are newly bought, unlined drapes) and lay the curtains on a flat work surface, with the side that you want to line facing you. Carefully measure the surface area of the curtains, which includes length, width and the area reserved for hems and hangers.
Then, cut a piece of thermal fabric that will fit the surface area, minus about ½ inch on the sides and ¼ inch on the bottom. This way, the lining will not show at the bottom or sides of the panels when they are re-hung on the rod. To add hems, cut the lining so that it is two times the width of the hem.
Prepare a clothes iron by heating it up, and be sure that the curtain lies as flat as possible on your work surface. Position a piece of iron-on tape along the top side of the back of the drapery panel. Place the lining on top of the tape and pin it in a straight line that follows the top edge of the panel.
Place the iron over the thermal fabric until the tape adheres to both the liner and the panel.
It’s also possible to sew the liner onto the panel; this requires ripping the original seams of the panel and adding approximately 4 extra inches of material to the liner’s length.
Browse our Hardware & Accessories suggestions to find items that will assist in re-hanging the newly lined panel. Then, reinstall the panels and enjoy the added level of comfort that they will bring to your home.