I always found purchasing drapes, especially for the very large window in our living room, to be daunting. They cost a fortune and I love to change decor with the seasons, so choosing the right material that would work year round felt impossible. I like to change things up way too often to invest in expensive window treatments. Our home isn't formal by any means, so why not use tablecloths as window treatments? The dimensions of an 84" tablecloth make them a great length for our ceiling height. If your ceilings are higher (lucky!), then just buy a longer tablecloth. Another plus is that tablecloths are typically very washable, so it is easy to keep these clean.
The first time I did this was this past Spring when I saw a botanical print tablecloth at Target and thought the fabric would make great window coverings. A quick check of the dimensions told me it might possibly work so I grabbed 2 tablecloths and clipped them on. They stayed up through the Spring and Summer.
When I was planning out our Christmas decor, I came across these tablecloths at Christmas Tree Shop. I love red and white check, especially during the holidays, but they make a bold statement and I don't think I would want them year round. However, for the grand total of $14, they were perfect to use just for the holidays.
*One more quick tip I learned from a window treatment professional at JCPenney a few years ago when I was purchasing some drapery panels. She told me that if you are using the drapery clips, to first "pinch pleat" the fabric before you clip it. Basically, you just fold the fabric into 2 pleats with your fingers and then clip it. It couldn't be more simple and makes a huge difference in how the fabric hangs. Here's a close up...
I love the casual and festive vibe these "drapes" have added to our living room this season. This room is open to our kitchen, so the red and white check is great for this space.
Next time you spy a tablecloth you like, maybe consider using it as a window treatment!