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How to Make Your Own Skylight Curtains

How to Make Your Own Skylight Curtains

Skylights have become a regular feature in most modern houses, especially in roof or single-story extensions. They add a unique visual interest to the room, with beams of natural light acting as natural spot lights.

However, rooftop windows or skylights are more than just a trendy installation. They come with some practical benefits that would add great value to your home.

Natural Light

The most apparent benefit of a skylight is the natural light that flows into the room without any interruptions. Natural light can instantly brighten up a dark and crowded room, especially if the windows don’t let in a lot of light. Skylights can be enjoyed throughout the day, without worrying about any privacy issues. Skylights also bring considerable heat with it, a definite bonus on those dark, wintry days.


Skylights can be opened to let in loads of fresh air. This feature allows precious ventilation in stuffy rooms, making them more inviting and relaxing.

Aesthetic Aspects

There is no doubt that skylight adds to the overall aesthetic appeal of the room. It makes it look well-lit and ventilated, not to mention smart and modern. Skylights also add another dimension to the room, making the room look taller and more spacious. This feature is a big bonus for loft conversions, which usually lack the full roof heights.

Why Do We Need Cover for Skylights?

As much as we love natural light, the sun burning down directly overhead can be a bit uncomfortable. In the summer months, you really don’t want to give sun uninterrupted access to your home interiors.

The prolonged exposure to sun not only raises the temperature of the house and add to your cooling costs, it can also cause considerable damage to your furniture. Imagine watching a movie and suddenly you feel the spot light is on you! Getting a cover for the skylights might be a good idea.

How Do You Cover a Skylight?

Solar Glazing is a great option for skylights. These specially treated glass can reduce heat transfer. If you opt for tinted glass panes, you will also be able block a huge percentage of UV rays that fall on it.

Pleated Shades will give you the option of playing with some colors and designs. Pleated shades are designed to act as an insulating barrier, that would keep your room temperature steady, irrespective of the weather outside.

UV Reflective Films are often used as an alternative to aluminium coated blinds and shades. These films effectively block the UV rays, while you can still enjoy natural light and the view.

Venetian Blinds are probably the most common choice for covering up skylight windows. The slats are easy to operate, giving you plenty of flexibility in controlling the flow and direction of light into the room. If you want total darkness, you just close the slats, and cut off the light to a great extent.

Can You Make Your Own Skylight Curtain? If yes, then how?

However, all of the above-mentioned solutions come with an impressive price tag. Why bother when it is perfectly possible to make your own curtains for skylight?

To make your own skylight cover, you will need:

  • A measuring-tape
  • Café rod
  • Café rod hanging brackets
  • Drill
  • Dowel Sticks which would fit inside the café rods
  • Screwdriver
  • Rotary cutter and ruler
  • Sewing machine and thread
  • Fabric of your choice

Measuring Your Window

You will need four different measurements for this.

Disclaimer: Please follow these instructions at your own risk. ZebraBlinds takes no liability for any issues or damaged caused through following DIY methods. If you are uncomfortable on your own, look for the help of a professional.

Step 1: Place your brackets on the window. Leave enough room for a snug fit.

Step 2: Position the rods inside the bracket.

Step 3: Now you need to start measuring for the fabric. For length, measure between the outer edges of the two rods. This will be your Measurement 1.

Step 4: For width, measure the distance between the brackets. This will be your Measurement 2.

Step 5: For Measurement 3, measure between the wall and the inside edge of the café rod.

Step 6: For Measurement 4, measure between the wall and the outside edge of the café rod.

These are the basic measurements for creating a taut curtain. However, if you wish to add more volume, add the desired extra fabric to these measurements. Just note that too much fabric will cause the curtain to billow in the center. How much fabric you might add will also depend on the material of your choice. If you go for sheer fabric, you will naturally need more than, say, blackout fabric.

If you select sheers, you will get a lot of light without the glare. It will also make sure that you get the most out of your skylight. If you want to add a decorative twist to your skylight, experiment with some glorious prints.

Step 7: Cut off the desired length with a rotary cutter. For length, use the following calculation:

L= Measurement 1 + 4x Measurement 3

W= Measurement 2

Step 8: Put a 1/4 inch hem on all four sides.

Step 9: Carefully fold the other two ends in Measurement 3 and iron them.

Step 10: Fold it again the same distance and iron it.

Step 11: Hem a pocket to let in the café rod. Use Measurement 4 for this.

Step 12: After the two café pockets are done, you should have Measurement 1 between the inner hem lines.

Once you are done with the sewing, the tricky part is done. All that is left is putting the curtain up.

Step 13: Fit the dowel sticks inside the café rods. This will make them strong enough to withstand the weight of heavy fabrics.

Step 14: Slide the rods into the pockets you had made.

Step 15: Fit the café rods onto the brackets and you are done.

You need to keep in mind that the measurements would vary for different curtain styles.

If you are a DIY expert, you will save both time and money with this easy solution. As long as it serves the purpose of keeping the glare out, and allow light through, a little bit of time and effort is surely worth it.