How to Make a Curtain for Under a Sink

Updated February 21, 2017

Sink curtains or skirts are used to create a concealed storage area beneath a sink. Constructing and installing a skirt on a sink cabinet without doors is a simple, no-sew job that may be completed in under an hour. After trimming a pre-made curtain to length, heat-bonding tape is used to create the lower hem. An elastic cord with hooks of the ends serves as a curtain rod. This project requires no special tools or advanced home-decorating skills.

Mark two positions for screw-holes on the inside of the cabinet, near the upper corners of the opening where the curtain will be suspended. The marks should be 1 1/2-inches above the opening and 1 inch from sides. Drill small pilot holes into the inside of the cabinet. Affix a screw in each pilot hole. The head of the screw must protrude from the cabinet 1/4 to 1/2 inch.

Stretch the elastic cord and attach the hooks to the screws mounted inside the cabinet. The cord should be taut. Measure and note the distance from the suspended cord, down to where you want the bottom of the skirt to fall. This distance will be the length of the finished skirt, from the upper casing hem to the lower curtain hem.

Lay the curtain on a flat surface. Add 1 1/2-inches to the finished skirt length. Using a yardstick and a pencil, transfer this dimension to the curtain. Measuring from the top casing hem, mark the curtain cutting line in several places, a few inches apart. Trim the curtain to length.

Spread the lower end of the curtain on the ironing board, facedown. Turn the bottom and iron to make a 1/2-inch fold. Turn the bottom again and iron to make a 1-inch fold. This will hide the raw edges of the trimmed curtain. Open the 1-inch fold. Cut a strip of heat-bonding tape to the width of the curtain. Place the tape on the curtain so its lower edge meets the fold. Refold the curtain hem and press, according to manufacturer's instructions.

Remove the elastic cord from the suspension screws. Thread the curtain casing onto the elastic cord. Replace the cord on the screws and evenly distribute the curtain fabric across the cord. Cover any exposed portions of the hooks with the ends of the casing.

Things You'll Need

  • Pre-made curtain with top-casing
  • Iron and ironing board
  • Heat-bonding tape, 3/4-inch wide
  • Scissors
  • Yardstick
  • Elastic cord with hooks on the ends
  • Drill with drilling and driving bits
  • 2 wood screws, 1-inch long
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Denise Nyland "Denisen" is a long term resident of Panama City, Fla. She studied radiologic sciences and education and has published articles in multiple professional journals and contributed to various educational texts.