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How To Make Kitchen Towel Curtain Tiers

You have a large variety of colors and designs when you make kitchen towel curtain tiers. This is so easy you guys are going to want to do the same thing. I hung yellow kitchen towels as curtain tiers on our kitchen window. Most of us have a window over the sink and it’s really hard to find cute curtains for that kitchen window or ones that fit the window. I know, because I’ve tried. Now I’ve decided just to find dish towels or tea towels I like and hang them from clips on a decorative rod.

make kitchen towel curtain tiers

I chose yellow for a fresh clean look. Well, actually I spotted the towels at IKEA and loved the color. I knew then I would try to use them as curtain tiers.

swag kitchen curtains

You guys may have followed my curtain saga over the last couple of years. The ones above with the fruit and pom pom fringe hung on the window for years. I made that swag type curtain out of a tablecloth. Definitely got my money’s worth out of that tablecloth.

pom pom curtains)

I made this short curtain tier about 3 years ago. It was a challenge and not what I started out with at all. I did love the print and colors of the fabric (actually a shower curtain).

kitchen curtains made from vintage barkcloth and fabric trim tiebacks

I made this kitchen curtain a couple of years ago. You know, time really goes fast. Seems like just a few months ago when I made these out of….curtains. I had to cut them to fit because they weren’t very big. That’s why the curtains aren’t very full. I pulled them back with some vintage fabric trim.

How to use IKEA dish towels as kitchen curtain tiers

These are the dish towels from IKEA. I sometimes stop at IKEA when returning home from visiting Mom and Dad in Arkansas. The Memphis IKEA is the halfway point in my drive so it’s a nice break. Sometimes I’m just in a hurry to get home and don’t stop. I save money that way.

curtain hooks from the thrift store

I have a bunch of curtain clips I’ve collected at thrift stores over the years.

cut tags off of IKEA dish towels

I cut the giant tags from the dish towels. Don’t know why those tags have to be that big. Waste of trees.

steam iron wrinkles out of dish towels

I steam ironed all of the wrinkles out…..or the majority.

attach dish towels to curtain hooks

I had to go out to the workshop and find a small tension rod because the one the Barkcloth curtains were hanging on was too big around for any of the curtain clips I had in my stash. Always something.

I was short one curtain ring and figured I would use a mismatched one on the end of the rod.

hanging dish towels as kitchen curtain teirs

Since I only had 4 dish towels and 2 different designs I hung 2 panels together with the yellow on the outside because it’s darker and the white one on the inside. I realized I really needed to clip the two tiers together so they would hang better. That took care of my curtain clip shortage.

IKEA dish towels make great curtain tiers. Just hang with clips from decorative rod.

No photos of me on the ladder. Hard to do while I’m hanging curtains and the JTS wasn’t around. He was out mowing the yard or something. He did notice the new curtains when he came in the house which is not at all normal. I figured it would be at least a couple of weeks before he noticed. Anyone else have a hubby like mine?

Yellow Dish Towel Kitchen Curtain Tiers

I thought I really lucked out and had kitchen towels that were all the same size. No. The yellow towel on the right side was about 1/4” shorter than the other dish towels…..or maybe the white one was 1/4” longer than the yellow one. What do I do now?

hang IKEA dish towels as curtains

I folded the top hemmed edge of the white tier under and clipped it that way. Made it shorter and matched the length of the yellow dish towel.

kitchen curtains made using IKEA yellow dish towels

I like the new curtains. You would be surprised how much more light comes in the window just because the tiers hang on the lower two-thirds of the window vs the curtains I had before.

IKEA dish towels make great curtain tiers for the kitchen


You don’t have to go to IKEA to find pretty dish towels. I like to shop for linens at TJ Maxx because they have designer items at budget prices. Dollar Tree and Walmart have some pretty dish towels too. What do you think? Need new kitchen curtains?

As always thanks for being here, Kathy (p.s. Happy Easter, don’t eat too much)

Author: Kathy Owen
Kathy Owen is the founder of the home decor blog Petticoat Junktion where she shares tutorials on painting furniture and upcycling thrifty finds into unique home décor. Her DIY projects have been featured on the Home Depot Blog, Plaid Crafts, Behr Designer Series, and in numerous magazines. Kathy’s newest website is HappyHomeDIY.com

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  1. Love your cheery yellow and white dish towels, errr, I mean curtains! They look great. I love using curtains and drapes that I can just clip to the ring and let them drape. Works for me.

  2. Oops-had a senior moment and couldn’t find the comment box—I have either made all my curtians or bought them at thrift stores or garage sales. My curtain of choice is a 1/2 inch galvanized conduit. I don’t use those round things so the fabric covers the metal fine. they are cheap and last for ever. The only store bought curtains I have new were rasberry sheers to go in the bedroom. No kitchen curtains just a valance over the door, I bought at a thrift store. “Po Folk” and have to make do cheaply.

  3. P.S.–Ikea should give you a BIG gift certificate for using their towels, don’t you think??

  4. I am not a fan of yellow, usually, but those curtains are so cheerful, Kathy! I like the way you used the two patterns together. More interesting than using just one, I think.

    I’ve voted for your planter twice now and will try to vote once a day.

  5. Always love your ideas. I don’t have curtains over my kitchen sink now but I have made just about everything into curtains. Talking about your hubby, when mine was in the hospital recovering from a broken leg (2 in 3 years, ugh), I kept looking at our 1970-s entertainment center. Well, while he was gone, I cut it in half, put in new shelves for a flat screen TV and my quilts and painted it white. After he came home, it took him almost 2 weeks to notice something different in the living room. He said he thought something looked different…..well I guess I will keep him after 56 years! Keep up your good work, your blog always brightens my day!!

  6. I love how your curtain project turned out. The colors are so fresh and pretty. I did something similar in my kitchen window, but the curtains had grommets that didn’t match the tension rod, so I spray painted it to match…then spray painted the surrounding switch plates as well…obsessively 🙂 If you tire of your current curtain placement, you could pick up more tea towels on your next trip and create a valance to match. So many possibilities!

  7. These are so pretty, bright and happy! Years ago I made a valance out of napkins and they were hands down my all time favorite curtains!! Hope that these are your favorites too. Great job, and thanks for sharing.