I mentioned that I removed the sliding doors off the office closet and in their place I installed floor to ceiling curtain panels. This gives me the option of closing off the desk space to hide any clutter but it also softens the room and adds some drama.
(avert your eyes from the cords!)
I love the bold pattern of the vertical stripes. Since the closet wall is inset a few feet I was able to run the curtain panels the span of the whole wall which I love!
Funny story about the panels.... I knew I wanted stripes and I was playing with the idea of painting some again but I stumbled upon these and the had pretty much everything I was looking for. They were 95" long (as I wanted them to go from floor to ceiling); my color scheme; grommet tops and a nice texture. They are a little sheer but I don't really mind and I figure if I want to back them with some white fabric I can.
Ready for the kicker...they were $6.99 per panel! Don't you just love a bargain! Pun intended... I scored them at none other than the Christmas Tree Shop! I haven't set foot in one in years but for some reason one day I went in and was super excited when I spotted them and at that price! I wanted 4 panels for a full look when they were opened or closed. You can't even buy or make one curtain panel for the price I paid for all of them.
Ok now lets rewind a bit. I've been scheming the curtain panel wall for a long time now and it all started because I wanted to use piping for my curtain rods for an industrial look. I brainstormed a few ideas hit up Home Depot to gather the parts I'd need for my DIY rod.
Since the wall is inset I was able to run the rod from either side of the adjacent walls so I didn't need an "elbow" piece but you could use one if you needed to to mount them on the wall they hang on or even from the ceiling.
These are 1/2 inch flanges. They have threading on the inside to hold the pipe and holes on the part that go flush to the wall for your screws. You can get flanges in all sorts of sizes I went with the 1/2 inch because of the grommet size on my panels.
The metal pipe is from the plumbing section of the store. There are a few options in electric but plumbing was the best looking. Again the pipes come in all different lengths and thicknesses. I went with the 1/2 inch pipe (to fit my flanges) and an 8 foot pipe which they trimmed down and re-threaded for me. It was really cool to watch the process of how they did it. Is that dorky that I was totally into the Home Depot pipe cutting machine?!
Once we got home everything home we tested the pipe length with the flanges on to get the exact fitting. It is a little tricky but that is why the threaded pipe is so important, it gives you a little wiggle room. Once we figured that out I had to put all the curtain panels on the pipe before installing.
Here is a close up of the flange and pipe attached to the wall. I love how they aren't perfect with marks and dings and they are an unexpected element.
They are just like I had envisioned and I'm excited they finally got installed! Now if I only had drapery for the real windows in the room!