How to use cloth in cabinet doors

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How to use cloth in cabinet doors
Install cloth curtains in cabinet doors with insertion openings. (Jupiterimages/Brand X Pictures/Getty Images)

Cloth was often used as a substitute for cabinet doors in decades past. Cabinetry was an expensive luxury that many homeowners could not afford or build themselves. Today, using cloth curtains in the centre of recessed panelled cabinet doors evokes a sense of country charm and simplicity, and allows you to tie in fabric matching window curtains and table linens. If your recessed centre panels on your cabinet doors are removable, remove them. Cabinet doors are available with open centres for inserting glass, tin or curtains; or use a power saw to cut the middle panel out of the door.

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Things you need

  • Measuring tape
  • Fabric
  • Scissors
  • Straight pins
  • Sewing machine
  • Thread
  • 2 sash rods per cabinet door
  • 4 sash rod brackets with hardware per cabinet door
  • Screwdriver
  • Level

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Instructions

    Sewing Double Rod Pocket Cabinet Curtains

  1. 1

    Measure the width of the inner panel of the cabinet door. Double this measurement. Measure the length of the inner panel of the door. Add five inches to the length measurement.

  2. 2

    Measure and cut a rectangle of fabric to the measurements from Step 1. Fold all of the edges over 1/2 inch against the wrong side of the fabric. Fold the edges over another 1/2 inch and pin the edges.

  3. 3

    Sew the edges using a 1/2-inch seam allowance and straight stitch. Remove the pins.

  4. 4

    Choose one long edge to be the top of the cabinet curtain. Fold the edge over 1 1/2 inches against the wrong side of the fabric. Pin the edges. Sew horizontally across the pinned edge using a 1 1/2-inch seam allowance and a straight stitch. Remove the pins. This is the top rod pocket.

  5. 5

    Fold the bottom edge up 1 1/2 inches over the wrong side of the fabric. Pin the edges. Sew horizontally across the pinned edge using a 1 1/2-inch seam allowance and a straight stitch. Remove the pins. This is the bottom rod pocket.

    Installing the Fabric Behind the Cabinet Doors

  1. 1

    Measure the width of the inner opening on the cabinet door and add two inches to the measurement. Purchase sash rods that can accommodate this width measurement. Install the fabric curtains behind the cabinet doors while the doors are hanging or lying flat on a work surface.

  2. 2

    Measure up 1 inch and over 1 inch to the left of the top left corner of the inside opening on the back of the cabinet door. Make a pencil mark to indicate the measurement. Screw a sash rod bracket in place over the pencil mark.

  3. 3

    Use a level to ensure the brackets are even, and measure up 1 inch and over 1 inch to the right of the top right corner of the inside opening on the back of the door. Draw a pencil mark. Screw a sash rod bracket in place over the pencil mark.

  4. 4

    Slide the top rod pocket of the cabinet curtain onto a sash rod. Adjust the sash rod to the correct width by gently pulling on one end, shortening or lengthening the rod. Press the holes at the ends of the sash rod into the clip on the installed top brackets.

  5. 5

    Use the bottom rod pocket of the cabinet curtain to determine where the bottom sash rod should be positioned. Slide the curtain onto the sash rod. Use a pencil to mark through the hole at each end of the sash rod. Screw the brackets to the back of the cabinet door over these pencil marks.

  6. 6

    Press the holes at the sash rod ends onto the clip on the bottom brackets. Close the cabinet door.

Tips and warnings

  • For a no-sew cabinet curtain: purchase a pre-sewn rod pocket curtain, install it on the sash rod and determine where the bottom rod pocket should be. Allow two extra inches and cut the fabric horizontally across the curtain. Fold the fabric up and staple it. Slide the sash rod through the bottom "rod pocket."
  • If you remove the inner panel of the cabinet door, you will need to sand and stain the edges. You cannot "undo" the door once you remove the panel by use of power saws.

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