IKEA Curtain Hacks

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If you are in want of some beautiful, not to mention, economical linen curtains, I have news for you! IKEA curtains are a great place to start and with a couple decor hacks you can customize them with some vintage flair.

Ok, let’s talk basic curtains, first of all. If you are in the market for linen drapes like I was, you might like the Aina set from IKEA.

The prices are very reasonable. These ones are $59.99 per set.

AND they are super long at 98″, which is hard to find in my experience.

I went to the store so I could see them in person and feel the texture. I’m a fabric snob and fabrics have to feel a certain way. The weight was just right, but the color seemed too yellow.

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I needed six, so I just bought them all right then and went home to try them out in my space.

Confirmed. The fabric was too yellow.

No worries, I could just bleach them and we would be all set, right?

But, as many DIY projects go, my idea worked in my head, but not in real life. Those darn curtains would. not. lighten. I bleached them for several days to no avail.

This meant war!

Finally, I went on my Instagram stories and asked for suggestions. My DMs were flooded (btw I just love the home decor community, they are such a wealth of information!)

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I decided to try

It took many days and only one thing worked.

Drumroll, please! We have a winner!!

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Yup, the OxyClean White Revive did the trick. See the original color on the right.

I soaked each panel in OxyClean White Revive for two days before it was the white I wanted. Soooo, let’s do the math on that. After many days of experimenting, I still soaked curtains for ten more days.

I know you understand.

Decorating is an art form, is it not? You have to get it just right.

Anyhooo, once that was done, I decided to add just a touch of detail to them for more of a vintage French look. I found this tassel trim on Ebay and had one of my girls sew it down just one side of each curtain.

If you don’t want to sew or don’t know how, here are some similar curtains.

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I love how the light catches them as it comes through the window. They bring just the right level of classiness to our master bedroom and I couldn’t be happier with the finished product.

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Let me know in the comments below if you have struggled to get fabrics the perfect color or if you have any great IKEA hacks that you have tried!! I’d love to hear all about them!

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  1. Brenda
    April 3, 2019 / 9:53 AM


    I use Oxiclean regular for old doilies and linens that are stained. But it does not get them white white, so am happy to hear of this product.

    The trim is a lovely touch.

    • Sarah | She Holds Dearly
      April 3, 2019 / 10:51 PM

      Yay!! I’d love to hear how it works for you, Brenda. xoxo

  2. Sarah
    April 5, 2019 / 12:25 PM

    Hi Sarah!
    Great idea! Question: where did you purchase your bed and what color is it – black or bronze? Thanks so much! Your bedroom is quite lovely.

      • Sarah
        April 6, 2019 / 8:40 AM

        Thank you, Sarah! Appreciate the link, too! Have a blessed weekend!

        • Sarah | She Holds Dearly
          April 7, 2019 / 11:13 PM

          You bet, girl!

  3. Jeanne
    April 7, 2019 / 8:08 AM

    Hmmmmmm I wonder if the oxy would work on my beige Ektorp covers! I have an extra set and wish I would have gotten the white.
    Thanks for the tip!

    • Sarah | She Holds Dearly
      April 7, 2019 / 11:14 PM

      Maybe, the only thing that worries me is the shear size of slipcovers. You will need to use a lot of water so the fabric can move around a little.

  4. Laura Harrie
    April 7, 2019 / 9:42 AM

    I will have to try that product on drop cloths. Tried bleaching twice, but didn’t lighten enough. Thanks for the tip.

    • Sarah | She Holds Dearly
      April 7, 2019 / 11:15 PM

      Ooo, yes, and let me know what you find out if you remember!

      • Lori
        April 19, 2019 / 5:43 PM

        I have read the drop cloth must be 100 % cotton for it to bleach. I can’t remember the blog I read but they used the bleach sold at costco. If I find the blog I’ll post it.

        • Sarah | She Holds Dearly
          April 19, 2019 / 11:31 PM

          I think you might have read that in the post I wrote about bleaching drop cloths. Haha, wouldn’t that be hilarious?!! The rule that I have heard and experienced is that the fabric needs to be 100% natural, which linen is.

  5. Ann C
    April 7, 2019 / 4:32 PM

    What did all those products do to the fabric strength? I would think it would damage it more than many years of sunshine would. Hope not but will be anxious to hear how they hold up over time.

    • Sarah | She Holds Dearly
      April 7, 2019 / 11:15 PM

      That is a really good question. Only the first panel got all the products, time will tell.

  6. Kim
    April 8, 2019 / 8:01 PM

    They look amazing with the trim and the oxy ! Very classy

    • Sarah | She Holds Dearly
      April 8, 2019 / 9:48 PM

      Thank you, Kim, you are super encouraging!! xoxo

  7. Danielle
    April 9, 2019 / 5:40 AM

    My favorite whitener is “OUT White Brite”. It’s amazing. I haven’t tried it on linen drapes though 🙂
    Amazon sells it, but the cheapest I’ve found it is at WalMart.

    • Sarah | She Holds Dearly
      April 9, 2019 / 9:28 PM

      Oh, awesome. Good to know, thanks for weighing in!!

  8. Cathi
    April 9, 2019 / 11:34 AM

    I’ve used IKEA curtains in the last three homes we’ve owned. Every time I put them through the wash three times (wash and dry) with good old Clorox bleach. I’ve also done this with the linen duvet covers they sell. The great thing with this method is it also pre-shrinks the curtains before hanging and hemming. Now I can wash them every so often and I know the length will always be good.

    • Sarah | She Holds Dearly
      April 9, 2019 / 9:32 PM

      I’m glad you figured out what works for you. I’m curious do you have a front loader?

  9. Brenda
    April 26, 2019 / 5:13 PM

    Question: With regular Oxiclean to get its maximum strength the water must be hot hot. Is this true with Oxiclean White Revive, as well?

    I have an ecru.off white matelasse all cotton Crown Crafts spread I would love to use if it was white …

    • Sarah | She Holds Dearly
      April 26, 2019 / 11:20 PM

      No, I couldn’t use super hot with my curtains because they would shrink. So, I just used warm water.

  10. Pamela Smith
    May 9, 2019 / 5:04 PM

    Did you soak them in a washer? if so… which kind top or front loader?

    • Sarah | She Holds Dearly
      May 17, 2019 / 10:43 PM

      I did not, I used my large utility sink.

  11. Carrie
    July 7, 2019 / 3:06 PM

    Thank you for testing this out!!! I love the texture of the Ikea linen curtains because they feel like a sturdy linen but just don’t love that they call them white when they are really a cream colour. Did you wash the curtains after you finished soaking them in Oxyclean with regular detergent? And do you put them in the dryer or do you hang them to dry?

  12. Abby
    August 1, 2019 / 7:39 AM

    I bought these curtains before our room was painted, hoping the warm white would be ok in the light. Short story: it wasn’t, so I’m so glad to find this post!

  13. Jenny
    August 29, 2019 / 8:25 PM

    Great idea!!! I was wondering which IKEA curtain did you use? Thank you❤

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