How to Convert Old Curtains Into New

Updated February 21, 2017

When your curtains begin to look old or soiled, they can affect the appearance of an entire room. Not every homeowner has the budget to buy new curtains when they need to update, but you can make old curtains look new as an economical option. The easiest way to convert old curtains into new is to give them a thorough cleaning and replace their hardware accessories.

Check the curtain care instructions to determine how to clean them. If you have machine-washable curtains, your own washing machine will suffice. Wash each of the panels on the delicate wash in the machine, using cold water to prevent colour fading or shrinking. Use a detergent for delicate cloth to prevent damage to the curtains.

Dry the curtains on low-to-no heat to avoid colour fading or wrinkles. Mrs. Clean suggests hanging the curtains back up when they are still slightly damp. This will allow the curtains to hang better due to the weight.

Replace any damaged or tarnished hardware by purchasing a new rod and hooks at the home improvement store. Simply changing the rod will give cleaned curtains a new look.

Things You'll Need

  • Washing machine
  • Delicate-wash detergent
  • Dryer
  • Hardware
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