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How to Make a Curtain for a Cat Flap

Updated July 20, 2017

Making a curtain for a cat flap is a great way to turn an otherwise ugly part of the room into a unique design feature that matches the rest of the room. Choosing a fabric that complements the colours used in the room will make sure your cat flap is one of a kind. The curtain can be used instead of a traditional plastic flap, or it can be used in addition to one already installed.

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  1. Measure the current cat flap with a tape measure to get an idea of how big the curtain needs to be. Add on at least 4 inches to the height measurement and 3 inches to the width measurement so that your curtain covers the whole area with room to spare.

  2. Purchase the fabric you want to use for your curtain. Choose a material that will match the rest of the decor or the door itself. For example, a quaint, wooden door would look good with a gingham curtain over the cat flap. A contemporary door would work well with a bold fabric of some kind.

  3. Cut the material with scissors following the measurements made earlier.

  4. Sew a hem on the sides and bottom of the curtain by folding 1 inch of fabric on the sides and bottom over to the backside of the fabric and sewing close to the crease for each fold. These hems can be sewn by hand with a needle and thread or with a sewing machine.

  5. Fold over 2 inches of the fabric at the top of the curtain and sew together on the opposite side from the crease in order to create a flap. Thread a piece of pliable wire through the flap you have created.

  6. Use an electric drill to attach two screws to the door in the positions where you want your curtain to hang. To attach the curtain you can simply wind the wire around the screws. Your curtain should hang perfectly over the cat flap if attached in this way.

  7. Tip

    You can make one curtain for the inside of the door, or you could make two matching curtains, one for each side.


    You may need to help your cat get used to the new cat flap as it may be unsure of it as first.

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Things You'll Need

  • Tape measure
  • Fabric
  • Scissors
  • Needle and thread or sewing machine
  • Pliable wire
  • Electric drill
  • Screws

About the Author

Celia Balmer is a freelance copywriter who started writing professionally in 2007. She has written extensively for the UK's largest natural health supplier, G. Baldwin and Co., and for one of Europe's leading fitness center chains, David Lloyd. Balmer holds a Bachelor of Arts in sociology from the University of Newcastle upon Tyne.

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