We have two floor to ceiling built in book shelves in our dining room but I am always finding the bottom two kid accessible shelves to be a bit of an eye sore. We like to keep a lot of their toys there it is not always the most organized looking spot. I wanted to get some tall baskets to keep down there, but they can get pretty pricey when you need 8 of them, and our kids just end up pulling them out and dumping out everything that is inside. I saw an idea a few months back in a storage magazine to hang a little curtain over the area to create a hidden storage space. It suggested using those little curtain hooks that look like this.
Once I tried that out however it didn’t hide the area as well as I had hoped and I new my kids would want to play with them and probably pull them apart as soon as they saw them. So I moved on to plan B which in the long run could save you $25-$40 bucks depending on what type of curtain hooks you might buy. For anyone wanting to use the curtain hooks, I found some at Joann fabric store during their 40% off all curtain hardware so they came out to about $5.50/pack.
So on to how to do it! This is really such a simple project for people of all levels of sewing.
I simply got a rectangle of fabric about 5 ” taller than the height of the space you want to cover, and about 10″ wider. First I folded the outside edges under and hemmed them.
Then I created about a two inch pocket on the top and the bottom and sewed that.
Then just slip your tension rods in the pockets.
That’s it! You are done. So so easy. The main things to make sure of are that it is the right height when you sew the pockets. For example my shelf was 24″ of space I needed covered top to bottom. My fabric would then need to be 29″ tall. That way you have about 2 1/2″ to work with for each pocket.