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May 31, 2023
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7 DIY ideas to update curtains

Here's how to update your curtains and rejuvenate your home.

If you've recently redecorated or you're just craving a refresh, installing new curtains is one of the best ways to bring life and light into a room.

Whether you want to refresh a bedroom or living space, updating your curtains is a task you can do all by yourself. To get you started with planning, here are some top ideas on how to update curtains. These seven thought-starters can inspire you to create the window treatment that best suits your home and lifestyle.

Ready to update your curtains? iSeekBlinds make it easy with custom-made Australian curtains that are simple to installMeasure your windows and place an order to receive curtains that are ready to install.


Enhance privacy with sheer curtains

In the cooler months, you'll likely want to enjoy the natural light that comes through your windows. Sheer curtains can add a touch of elegance and privacy whilst allowing natural light to fill each room.

Sheer curtains come in a range of fabrics and styles. Layering sheers with your blinds or thicker curtains helps to enhance the energy efficiency of a room. Sheer curtains will add softness by diffusing natural light.

Sheer curtains can be paired with your existing roller blinds or blockout curtains. You can measure your windows and order custom-manufactured sheer curtains from iSeekBlinds that are ready for DIY installation. Check out our handy DIY guides here

Swap drapes for roller blinds

Roller blinds are a space-saving alternative to heavy block-out curtains. If you've got old, heavy curtains that intrude into the room and collect dust, replacing these with roller blinds can create a modern, allergy-free window treatment.

Installing roller blinds in newly built or established homes has many benefits. The blinds are easy to maintain and will sit flush against the window. In Australia, roller blinds are also an effective way to keep out the heat on a scorching summer day.

Roller blinds can block the light or act as a filter for harmful UV rays, reducing the intensity of the mid-summer sun while allowing natural light to enter your home.

You can install roller blinds yourself using our DIY guides. There are roller blinds made for inside or outside of the window, so you can choose the option that best suits you.

When choosing fabric for your roller blinds, your health is important, too. All of our fabrics provide sun protection without releasing harmful chemicals when the sun hits the roller blinds each day.

Bring luxury with blockout curtains

Blockout curtains are perfect for bedrooms or formal living areas, where you want to keep warmth in and provide a comforting aura.

One key advantage of using blockout curtains is that they improve the energy efficiency of your home. Thick, lined curtains also absorb sound, so your environment is more peaceful.

Choose a fabric to match your decor and mount blockout curtains from the ceiling or wall, according to what best suits the room.


Motorise your curtains and blinds

What is more luxurious than waking up and saying 'Hey Alexa, open the blinds'? Curtains and blinds alike can be motorised so that you can enjoy the morning sun without even getting up.

To automate your curtains, they must have motorised tracks. You can upgrade your existing roller blinds to motorised blinds with our easy retrofit process, or you can order motorised blinds when ordering new curtains or blinds.

Make sheers dark or light

When you think of sheer curtains, you may think of your Grandma's white lace curtains. But sheer curtains come in contemporary styles, too. Playing with colour is one way to bring a modern look to any room.

Light-coloured sheers are perfect for small rooms. When mounted from the ceiling, sheer curtains will add a sense of expansiveness to any space. For larger rooms like an open plan living space, dark sheers can make a striking statement.

Dark sheers hung with an S-fold style are elegant and contemporary. You can browse our gallery for inspiration on how to bring this modern look into your home.

Curtain fabric and length matters

As your lifestyle changes, the style of curtains that best suits your home may evolve. If you have pets or young children, curtains or blinds made from durable fabrics that extend to the window ledge are more suitable. At this stage of your life, it makes sense to take a practical approach to window treatment with styles that serve their purpose and don't intrude.

In a room designed just for adults, exploring delicate fabrics and floor-length curtains can bring elegance. Updating curtains as your life changes is one way to celebrate the evolution of your life over time. It's all about making a space that's perfectly suited for you and your family to enjoy.

Before committing to a change, you can start the planning process by ordering free fabric samples so you can see and feel the different available fabric options.

Consider ceiling mounted curtains

Ceiling mounted curtains are a modern window treatment that increases the visual perspective of any room. Sheer curtains or block out curtains can be ceiling mounted to enhance the sense of space within a room. This modern look is achievable for anyone.


Updating your curtains may seem like a daunting task, but the results will be worth it. And just because you're doing it yourself doesn't mean you have to go it alone.

What next?

If you’re in need of some inspiration, visit our gallery or Instagram page for ideas and real-life photos from our customers.  Once you’ve decided which product you prefer, make use of our free fabric samples. They will allow you to see and feel the fabrics before selecting the one you like best.

So, if you've got a home that could benefit from a refresh, let us help you! The DIY process is easy to follow, and it will make a world of difference to your home, we promise.

Need some help? You can either Contact our customer service team or book in a free design consultation with me.


Thanks for reading!

Mike Gubby. 

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