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Drop Cloth Drapes: Tips for a Perfect Fit

5 Tips for Perfect Table Settings Using Mismatched Tableware | Tip #2 Build on a bold pattern | See how this tip and more can make your tables say wow | The Chelsea Project |

I have two weaknesses.

OK.  I have more than two, but I only have two that I’m going to tell you about. Light escapes the drop cloth drapes and sparkles through the crystal | The Chelsea Project |  


China, crystal, and candles beside a window filled with Spring flowers | The Chelsea Project |

The first is beautiful table settings.  I just love, love, love layering china, crystal, and pottery with different kinds of linens.

Drop cloth drapes work well with china and crystal | The Chelsea Project |

And the second is color, especially color with bold patterns and textures. 

Drop cloth drapes paired with houndstooth and multi-colored dishes | The Chelsea Project |

But before these bold colors and patterns can be introduced as temporary table settings, it helps to have neutral elements in most of the permanent decor.  And this is one reason why drapes made from drop cloth canvas makes such an ideal window treatment.

Drop cloth drapes are an elegant backdrop for a corner table setting | The Chelsea Project |

It’s true.  And they just couldn’t be easier to make.  It’s a totally no-sew project.


(1) Measure the size drape you want for your window.  Please measure beyond the window (both height and width) so that you get a better idea of the size drop cloth you need.  Yes, they come in different sizes and canvas weights. Please note that they will shrink when washed and dried.  Mine shrank about 6 inches so add at least 6 inches to your measured length and 6 to 12 inches to your measured width.   If you do not want to wash and dry the cloths, then the added amount to the measured size can be omitted.

(2) Then go to the paint section of the home improvement store and choose the size that’s right for your window.

(3) Wash and dry (if you plan to do so) because they will shrink.  A LOT. ….I know!  It bears repeating.

(4) Press with if needed.

(5) Attach the ring clips.

(6) Measure the total length.  If you plan to wash and dry the drop cloths, please do so before measuring where to place the rods on the wall.  In fact, after the wash/dry, I stretched the cloths out on the floor, attached the clips at the top, and then measured the length from the bottom of the drop cloth to the top of the ring.

(7) Install the rods.

(8) Hang the drapes.

How-to Make No-Sew Drop Cloth Drapes | The Chelsea Project |

And have yourself a little party………cuz this easy little project is all done!

Vintage linen napkins and drop cloth drapes wirk together | The Chelsea Project |

I surely hope these tips and tricks will help your drop cloth drapery project go much easier.

If you have any questions, please leave a comment and I’ll get back to you.

I promise. 

Or…if you just have a thought about the project, please leave a comment and I’ll get back to you about that, too. I love hearing from you!

And, as always, thanks so much for stopping by.

Drop Cloth Draperies | Tips for a Perfect Fit | The Chelsea Project |


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  • Reply loveyoumoredesigns April 29, 2016 at 9:31 am

    Love these! I’ve been meaning to do this, now I have some inspiration! xo Kathleen Charm Bracelet Diva {At Home}

    • Reply theChelseaProject April 29, 2016 at 9:36 am

      Hi Kathleen,
      So happy to see you! Yes…sometimes we need inspiration to get things moving along. Goodness knows I do!! Thanks so much for stopping by. Let me know when you get those drapes hung. XO Susie…

  • Reply Maxine April 29, 2016 at 7:04 pm

    So lovely Susie!! I just love the neutral colour of the drop clothes and their certainly heavy enough to sit nicely…. well done!!
    Have a great weekend!!
    Maxine 🙂

    • Reply theChelseaProject April 29, 2016 at 8:16 pm

      Thanks Maxine! The drapes are in the sunroom and are just the best in terms of looks and function. We love them.

  • Reply Toni @ Small Home Soul April 29, 2016 at 10:03 pm

    You are right Susie, a neutral backdrop does work best for bold patterns on the tables. I never think forward about such things but I will do so from now on. But my table setting skills need some serious work so it might not be an issue for a little bit 🙂

    • Reply theChelseaProject April 30, 2016 at 2:01 pm

      LOL…Toni. I’m sure your table setting skills are just fine. #Confidence Having the neutrals on the walls really do help manage the constant color changes.

  • Reply Denise April 29, 2016 at 10:49 pm

    These turned out GREAT Susie. I love them and you have inspired me. Thanks!

    • Reply theChelseaProject April 30, 2016 at 1:59 pm

      Thanks so much Denise! I’m so glad the info in this post is helpful… 🙂

  • Reply Sam @ Raggedy Bits April 30, 2016 at 1:48 am

    Can’t wait to try making some of these! How clever! They look right at home where you have them! 🙂

    • Reply theChelseaProject April 30, 2016 at 1:58 pm

      Thanks, Sam. Yes…these drapes are very much at home in this space….and we absolutely love them here. 🙂

  • Reply Debrashoppeno5 May 1, 2016 at 7:52 am

    Love the drop cloth drapes. It is the best material to use. And I really love your table setting. You certainly put together a bright and happy space.

    • Reply theChelseaProject May 1, 2016 at 9:39 am

      Thanks, Debra. I love using lots of different colors and patterns so the neutral drapes are so perfect. When I put them up, I never knew just how much I’d love them.

  • Reply Denise at Salvaged Iinspirations May 2, 2016 at 12:49 pm

    I’m refreshing my bathroom and was thinking of using a drop cloth as the shower curtain. Thanks for the great tips Susie! Also, I love how bold and creative you are with your table setting! Looks amazing!

    • Reply theChelseaProject May 2, 2016 at 2:12 pm

      Thanks, Denise. Hope the tips help you get the look you want quickly and easily. I’ll be watching my email inbox for a picture. 🙂

  • Reply Nancy @ Slightly Coastal May 3, 2016 at 11:38 am

    Your table setting looks fantastic and I love the quick and easy drape solution.


    • Reply theChelseaProject May 4, 2016 at 9:28 am

      Thanks so much, Nancy. You know how I love color and pattern. 🙂

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