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!!

    • Loren
      March 23, 2020 / 2:45 PM

      Just FYI, I bought the IKEA Lejongap linen curtains recently. They are lighter in weight than AINA but whiter, just off white with no yellow tint. Also there was a question about bleaching Ritva & the answer is yes. I bought them years ago & bleached them with no problem.. I have a question now about Aina. I’m looking for a beige color & the AINA Beige is a little dark, more taupe. Not sure if you can answer this but I’m wondering if I could lighten it a bit with bleach? Thoughts? Thx

  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?

    • Sarah | She Holds Dearly
      October 31, 2019 / 10:01 PM

      YES, my sentiments exactly! I did use regular detergent, then line dried them and ironed them. Great questions!

  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!

    • Sarah | She Holds Dearly
      October 31, 2019 / 10:07 PM

      Oh good!!! So glad I could help. xoxo

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

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

    • Sarah | She Holds Dearly
      October 31, 2019 / 10:19 PM

      Hi Jenny, I used the Aina set. There is a link in the beginning of the post. xoxo

  14. Sue
    November 8, 2019 / 10:51 AM

    I want to order the Oxiclean White Revive. I would love to see you get whatever credit you get from Amazon, but your link goes to an item that is no longer available. Can you give me a good link?

    • Sarah | She Holds Dearly
      November 8, 2019 / 11:08 AM

      Sue, you the sweetest! I don’t know these things unless a reader notifies me, to thank you so much. I just updated the link.

  15. Alicia
    December 11, 2019 / 7:23 PM

    Do you think this would work with their Ritva curtains as well? They are looking so yellow next to my white trim.

    • Sarah | She Holds Dearly
      December 11, 2019 / 10:23 PM

      Hey Alicia, I definitely think it could work, as long as your curtains are a natural fiber like linen or cotton.

  16. Lisa S
    December 27, 2019 / 7:01 PM

    Hi Sarah, I bought these curtains several months ago, hoping I could whiten them so I was really happy to find this post!

    Can you tell me how much water and how much detergent per panel I should use? I gather I use room temperature water and soak each panel for two days?

    Thanks so much!

    Lisa in Canada

    • Sarah | She Holds Dearly
      December 28, 2019 / 10:51 AM

      Hey Lisa! Shoot, I didn’t write that down, but I seem to remember- warm water (check the tag, but I think the hot shrinks the linen and you don’t want to do this). I filled my utility sink half full and used a lot of Oxyclean, like two scoops (from the container) per panel. Soak each panel for two days and swish around every few hours. Hope that helps, let me know how it goes, if you can!

      • Lisa S
        January 1, 2020 / 9:02 PM

        I’ve just finished my first panel and it turned out really well! It’s so much whiter and the original colour looks almost yellow beside it.

        I have 7 more panels to go!

        Did you change the water with each panel? I’m wondering if I can use the same water and just add a scoop of oxy to the water.

        Also, when I washed it, I added a scoop of oxy in addition to regular detergent. I don’t know if that had any effect.

        I’m really happy about how they’re going to look.

        Thanks for posting about your experience.

        • Sarah | She Holds Dearly
          January 2, 2020 / 11:06 AM

          Good job!! I did change the water. Also, I think I told you wrong, I looked at the scoop again and I think I just did one scoop per panel. No need to add to wash cycle, either, in my experience.

          • Lisa S
            January 2, 2020 / 8:42 PM

            I shall carry on!

            Only 13 more days of soaking to go!

          • Sarah | She Holds Dearly
            January 4, 2020 / 5:40 PM

            You can do it!

  17. Fannie
    January 20, 2020 / 5:07 PM

    Does the 2 days mean a full 24 hours?

    • Sarah | She Holds Dearly
      January 27, 2020 / 6:57 PM

      48 hours, soak them for 48 hours. Hope that helps!

  18. Dana
    February 28, 2020 / 12:22 PM

    Thank you Thank you Thank you!!! We just repainted the trim in our bedroom to a much “whiter” white and now our “white” IKEA curtains look so yellow! I was about to purchase all new items for our room when I found your blog. You’re the best!

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