How to Hang Super-Cheap Small Cabinet Curtains


It would be nice if everything we needed to do in our offices, or kitchens, or workshops had pretty equipment and supplies. It really would. But of course, in most people’s lives there’s things you really need easy access to, but don’t want to necessarily have on display. Like a charging station for example.

In these cases, I like a little curtain to hide the messy business. Why a curtain and not a door? Because with a door you have to fuss with it, open it, leave room to open it… and let’s be honest, I’m not the neatest workshop resident ever. I want to be able to just push the fabric aside, get what I need and move on.

With that in mind, I wanted to hang a little curtain on the front of this vintage cabinet I’ve been working on, but I did NOT want to spend any money on it! I’m on a budget, people! I don’t have money for teeny tiny curtain rods! So I figured out how to make one with some stuff I had laying around. I thought you might like to see how I did it so you can do it, too!

Read on for all the details.

Besides a little scrap of fabric, all you need are some simple tools, a couple of cup hooks, and some stiff wire like this aluminum ground wire we happened to have on hand:

To put in the cup hooks, you just press the tip against the wood and twist. It takes a few turns to get it to “grab” and start screwing in, but don’t give up, it’ll do it.

If they get too tight toward the end you can use pliers (or here I am using vice-grips) to do the last few turns. But be careful!! If you twist too hard you can break the hook off (#askmehowiknow).

So then you have your cup hooks attached to your cabinet.

Next cut a nice extra long piece of your wire, straighten it, and lay it across the hooks so you can size your curtains.

For the curtains you would just cut one or two piece of fabric a bit longer than your opening and quite a bit wider (say, 1 1/2 times wider), and then hem all the sides in so it’s the right size to hang from the rod to the bottom of the opening. Or you could use a napkin or other item you have on hand that’s about the right size. Slide the wire through the top hem, or if you prefer, just use safety pins or even tape.

In my case, the cup hooks sat a bit low, so I also added a line of stitching 1/4″ in from the top fold so that it would “stand up” a bit from the wire and not leave a gap. If this is way confusing, I’ll write a separate tutorial for that. Leave a note in the comments if you’d want that!

Once the curtains are on the wire, then you can use the vice grips to bend the ends of the wire down at a 90 degree angle so they will keep the wire from sliding around on the cup hooks:

Check the fit:

Then clip the ends off about 1/2″ – 1″ from the bend. I’m using bolt cutters, but you could also use wire cutters or any other cutter you have on hand.

And voila! They will sit nicely on your cup hooks, making a super-cheap curtain rod!

Perfect for hiding your charging station (I have a tutorial for how to get power into a cabinet if you want to see that).

Technology in the back:

Pretty in the front!

I love the little curtains to hide unsightly things. I think they’re so cute! What do you think? Do you use curtains to hide things or do you have other techniques?

Love, Angela



25 responses to “How to Hang Super-Cheap Small Cabinet Curtains”

  1. Too cute!!! Full of cottage charm.

    1. Thank you, Janelle!! I think I might be finally figuring things out! ๐Ÿ™‚ ~Angela~

  2. Angela,I love this. That cabinet is really cute and now even cuter with the skirt!!!!Kris

    1. Thank you, Kris! I’m really pleased with how it turned out. I’m hoping to show before & after pictures today or tomorrow. ~Angela~

  3. Great idea, kiddo! And you have some great tools! Makes me think I need some bolt cutters……but I don’t know what for! Love the wire idea! Thanks!

    1. Thank you Dona! I have to say the bolt cutters have come in awfully handy. We also have some pliers with a cutting edge on them — I don’t know what they’re called — that would have been just as good and way simpler. But I couldn’t find them! So bolt cutters it was. ๐Ÿ™‚ ~Angela~

  4. Ingenius!~Adrienne~

    1. Thank you, Adrienne! ๐Ÿ™‚

  5. I did this just last week to hide all my wires too. Now I just push the curtain over to get to my printer. It looks so much neater under my computer desk now. I was lucky enough to find a spring tension rod in the basement. However, I do love your idea of using what you’ve got in order to fashion a “custom rod.”

    1. I loooove the easy access of the curtain. I’ll be honest, too, if had happened to have had a tension rod lying around, I would have used that! ๐Ÿ™‚ ~Angela~

  6. What a great tutorial! Such a charming piece now. Great post!melinda

    1. Thank you Melinda! I wasn’t sure it would turn out, so I’m really glad it did! Thanks for stopping by. ~Angela~

  7. How I love your cute little cupboard. You’ve added the perfect touch with the tiny calico curtain. It looks so incredibly sweet!Thanks for sharing.Smiles,Carolynn xo

    1. Thank you so much Carolynn! It makes me smile every day. Thanks for stopping by! ๐Ÿ™‚ ~Angela~

  8. i am loving your cupboard there, friend …;-}

    1. Thank you, Linda! ๐Ÿ™‚ ~Angela~

  9. Love this idea! Thanks for the how-to’s. I’m working on an idea for hiding open lower cabinets in my kitchen, and this is helpful. Thanks!

    1. Thanks, Kathleen!! I’m so glad it will be useful! ~Angela~

  10. I have been fighting with my cabinet curtains! Finally decided what I want & can’t get them to stay in place. They fall down whenever you get something out of the cabinet!!I will do this. Simple, effective & easy to change.Thanks for the tutorial. ๐Ÿ™‚

    1. Hi Deb! Let me know what you decided to do and if it worked for you! ~Angela~

  11. Thank you so much for posting this! We just rented a house and I am absolutely disgusted by the floor cabinets and drawers. I refuse to look at them let alone use them. I keep thinking I just have to cover them up. Your idea is perfect for what I’m looking for! Hopefully I can make it look cute like you did!

    1. I’m so glad it was helpful, Jen!!! Good luck with your house. I bet it will be super cute! ~Angela~

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  13. Love it! I have a new quite ugly cabinet I am going to have to scuff up and make cute with a little curtain! Love the tip!!

    1. Hi Lisa – I’m glad it was helpful! ~Angela~

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