Second story spotlighting items found for weebit’s new apartment: These Aina linen curtains from Ikea. They are $60 a pair, which sounds expensive, but then I checked other sites and hmmm, I think that’s a good/fair price. Each 57″ panel also is 98″ tall — that’s a lot of curtain. They hang very nicely and look expensive. Weebit is very happy.
They come in four colors online. I guess “ours” is the white-looking one, although in person, the fabric reads more “ecru” to me — homemade vanilla ice creamy — like the paint color that I also love.
Of course, I would have prepared pinch pleats on a traverse rod, which is my #1 favorite way to dress a window, no matter what your style. [For midcentury houses, where they used curtains for function, pinch pleats on a traverse rod would have been the preferred solution in most all formal rooms and bedrooms; cafe curtains on a rod may have been used in kitchens and bathroom].
Traverse rods make curtains so easy to open and close. On the other hand, when you use decorative rods like the ones shown above, you have to pull the curtains by hand. And, if it’s an extension rod, the curtains may get stuck on the ‘hump’ where the two parts of the rod connect. This happens with weebit’s curtains. No biggie, though, as these curtains are for aesthetics mostly, to soften the room — she’ll use the honeycomb shade for light control.
Weebit was having none of the busy patterned pinch pleats hanging in my basement stash, which I have collected at estate sales for just such occasions. She wanted simple. So simple it was, Ikea to the rescue. I will add, though, that writing this story, I started poking around and found these linen pinch pleats from Wayfair. The might have made me happier, but then again, at Ikea — we actually went to the store, twice — weebit could see what she was buying with no worries about needing to make returns if an online purchase proved dissatisfactory.
And later, also doing this story… I see that Ikea has a curtain track system for these that looks like it works like traverse rods. You can use their track to pull the curtains open and close with a rod. The curtains attach to loopy doopy things with hooks. This sounds very functional, if you really want to open and close efficiently. I might have tried these instead, if I’d known about them. Maybe next time. That said, weebit likes her decorative rods.
Bottom line: Weebit is happy — so it’s a happy ending!
Oh, and the honeycomb shades are also from Ikea. I love those too. Great deal.