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Post by Daveswife on 22nd August 2011, 2:03 pm

Reading some old posts on this thread concerning door curtains, yes a curtain over a front door does keep out draughts (even if it is a double glazed door) and yes I too have a bit of a dampish corner. However I don't blame the curtain for that because we have two curtains and the other side is not damp.

The thing I particularly like about pulling a curtain over the front door at night is that instead of a black hole in the hallway we have something that looks jolly and bright. Ours matches the curtains in the hall and landing and it makes the hallway feel everso cosy.

Now we are talking curtains I remember my Mother in Law giving us some old curtains when we were first married. Crikey, they are still in a bag up in the attic having moved with us from house to house! I feel a furtle coming on - I must be able to use the fabric somehow as long as it is still in goodish condition (I'm thinking table cover).

Any other ideas for using elderly curtains? (apart from re-use as curtains).

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Post by Chilli-head on 22nd August 2011, 2:26 pm

That sounds like me ... Although I binned our door curtain, I quite agree that there is a sense of warm snugness created by pulling a curtain across. With our solid brick walls though, anything left against outside walls, especially in a corner, soon becomes horrid with mold (*).

As for making things out of old curtains - my advice would be to clean them first before you start. I cut up a set of old curtains to make a smaller set using the best bits. Sewed them all up, then cleaned them ... at which point they fell apart Sad. Oh, and lesson learned the hard way #2 - no matter how heavy the curtain and how lightly used the seat, old curtain fabric in not suitable for upholstery !


(*) This presents one of my future workshop challenges. I want to put a coat rack on an outside wall without getting moldy coats. My current design has a sort of posh version of a trellis, probably made from 3/4" beech strips, against the wall behind/below the hooks to create a gap behind the coats for air flow.
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Post by Daveswife on 22nd August 2011, 2:55 pm

Thanks for the advice! Get the fabric cleaned first - brilliant.
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Post by Dandelion on 22nd August 2011, 4:54 pm

I've made clothes from curtians before now (two of us made smocks from a set of chintzy kitchen cutains and a pelmet in the 70s, the previous time smocks were in!) I have also used lighter weight curtains to cut strips from for making rag rugs, but depending on the type of rag rug you could used heavy weight curtains too.

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Post by Dandelion on 12th November 2011, 9:15 pm

I finally got round to making my door curtain - not re-using the old one ('pimp my door curtain'!!) as it had shrunk and was quite horrid. I bought a pair of curtains from the hospice shop, butchered them...erm I mean carefully measured, trimmed and joined them, and managed to find all the other bits I needed in cupboards. The best thing was finding a piece of thermal lining just the right size. I've attached the lining using velcro for easier washing. It had been a long time since I had done any sewing - I must have oiled the machine before abandoning it so it worked really well despite having been in a cupboard for years. That's 1950s engineering for you!

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Post by Wilhelm Von Rhomboid on 12th November 2011, 11:13 pm

Chilli-head wrote: With our solid brick walls though, anything left against outside walls, especially in a corner, soon becomes horrid with mold (*).


Could you not set it out from the wall a few inches?

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Post by Sparhawk on 13th November 2011, 2:05 am

Reuse the old one!!!

Wash it, cut it, sew it into a sausage, stuff it with the left over...

Hey presto a door sausage...

No matter whether you have central heating or not, when you open a door & trip over the sausage, it helps you to remember to close doors behind you... Laughing

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Post by Chilli-head on 14th November 2011, 1:41 pm

Wilhelm Von Rhomboid wrote:
Chilli-head wrote: With our solid brick walls though, anything left against outside walls, especially in a corner, soon becomes horrid with mold (*).


Could you not set it out from the wall a few inches?

The problem is when it is open, it has to bunch up on one side of the door or the other. On one side, it is in the corner of two external walls and goes moldy. On the other side, it stops the door opening properly.

Still, it is not so bad now the door is well fitting, double glazed and has draught excluder around it, and a brush / draught excluder snake at the bottom.
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