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Hacked curtain from Ikea

Saturday November 29, 2008 @ 11:51 PM (EST)

With the paintjob on the wall redone, we decide it’s time to add some pizzaz to the living room – the lowest hanging fruits at the time seem to be these unsightly temporary paper curtains (1 of 2 shown).

We have some Flyn Ofelia from Ikea that I originally wanted to hang on the wall but ultimately Kathy thought it’d fit the curtain hole better.

In the Ikea showroom, the Flyn Ofelia seems to be somewhat restricted in its usage – as side-scrolling pieces of curtain panel fabric sold separately with relatively expensive curtain panel accessories – rings, clips, rails, adding up to more than the fabric itself. Plus a side-scrolling system is unsuitable for the shape of our windows. This marks the beginning of our first Ikea hack.

After some exploration we come across the Isdans plain roller blinds. Extremely cheap, easy to install, fits our windows perfectly and with a width identical to the Flyn.

At this point the direction of the hack becomes very clear: sew the Flyn on top of the Isdan to create a unique roller blind.

  1. Cut the Flyn fabric so it slightly extends beyond the Isdan at both ends.
  2. Line the fabric up with the blind and sew on the two sides temporarily to fix the alignments. Make sure these temporary stitches are easy to remove.
  3. Fold and then sew the Flyn fabric over the back at the lower end of the blind. Leave a little space of about 2 cm in diameter.
  4. Roll the Flyn fabric over the top end of the blind and adhere it to the rod with some glue. My favourite is the Shoe Goo, a silicone-based adhesive. In theory any silicone-based, transparent glue should do the job.
  5. When the glue is set and cured, remove the temporary stitches on the sides.
  6. Do NOT permanently sew the fabric on the two sides of the blind.

The reason why the two sides must not be sewn, is because the attached fabric rolls at a higher rate than the blind itself due to it being always slightly further from the centre of the rod – sewing them together may seem fine at first, but as you roll them up sewn, it’ll turn into a mess of wrinkles and ridges.

This picture illustrates how it should look at the bottom of the blind. Note the absence of stitches (it has stitch holes, yes, we screwed up once :)

The final result (showing 1 of 2). A quick “morning after” inspection confirms that it diffuses sunlight to the ambience far better than the temporary blinds did, while also providing more privacy.

Not bad for $25 per (as of now, one-of-a-kind) blind still with an entire piece of fabric left over, eh?

Finally, soft blues and whites go pretty well with browns, you can quote us on that.


The blind looks fantastic!

Thursday March 05, 2009 @ 09:33 AM (EST) Posted by Lia V.

After 7 months, it’s still going strong!

Wednesday July 08, 2009 @ 10:03 PM (EDT) Posted by Michael

Love this Blind, maybe I’ll do one in my bathroom. Also like your beige/tan walls. What is the color and brand please.

Monday September 07, 2009 @ 01:16 PM (EDT) Posted by Cathy

I bought a TUPPLUR roller curtain (got it from ‘as is’ for about $5) and a KAJSA panel (9.99 ea) to do the exact same thing! I was thinking of spray mounting the Kajsa to the curtain panel. Maybe yours is the better way of doing it. I want them to be attached but spray mounting is messy!

Tuesday September 08, 2009 @ 08:29 PM (EDT) Posted by Amy

I want to do this hack but wanted to know if they can be rolled up?

Saturday January 09, 2010 @ 05:46 PM (EST) Posted by Brandy

this is so cool! will look for this fabric in Ikea. I am moving into an apartment and looking to make the space mine…and not break the bank.


Wednesday May 05, 2010 @ 11:59 PM (EDT) Posted by gin

Sorry for not getting back in a while. Some answers:

The beige/tan interior is just Home Depot’s Bher brand if you’re from North America. Any brand can achieve the same effect, because I don’t think any colour is unique to any brand. Please note that the picture will appear differently depending on your ambient light temperature, so trust your own taste!

Yes, it can be rolled up. That’s the main reason we attached it to a roller blind.

Tuesday May 11, 2010 @ 11:03 AM (EDT) Posted by wolfier

Hi, i believe the curtain come with 3 panel. May i know if you’d used the other 2. I love it so so so much but it has discontinued. :( i wonder if you’d consider selling it. If so, pls contact me. Thanks!

Monday June 14, 2010 @ 10:57 AM (EDT) Posted by Nic

Love your idea, thank you for sharing!

Just read that the flyn ofelia is sold out. Do you think that any of these other ikea panel curtains would work just as well?


Sunday July 18, 2010 @ 10:18 AM (EDT) Posted by Anne
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