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Curtains for Closet Doors (by WMH [NC]) Feb 10, 2022 9:34 AM
       Curtains for Closet Doors (by Lynn [MA]) Feb 10, 2022 9:41 AM
       Curtains for Closet Doors (by 6x6 [TN]) Feb 10, 2022 9:47 AM
       Curtains for Closet Doors (by 6x6 [TN]) Feb 10, 2022 9:48 AM
       Curtains for Closet Doors (by WMH [NC]) Feb 10, 2022 9:53 AM
       Curtains for Closet Doors (by plenty [MO]) Feb 10, 2022 10:26 AM
       Curtains for Closet Doors (by WMH [NC]) Feb 10, 2022 10:49 AM
       Curtains for Closet Doors (by Busy [WI]) Feb 10, 2022 12:11 PM
       Curtains for Closet Doors (by CDM [CA]) Feb 10, 2022 12:18 PM
       Curtains for Closet Doors (by Busy [WI]) Feb 10, 2022 1:14 PM
       Curtains for Closet Doors (by WL [CA]) Feb 10, 2022 1:15 PM
       Curtains for Closet Doors (by WMH [NC]) Feb 10, 2022 1:37 PM
       Curtains for Closet Doors (by Busy [WI]) Feb 10, 2022 2:51 PM
       Curtains for Closet Doors (by WMH [NC]) Feb 10, 2022 3:11 PM
       Curtains for Closet Doors (by Lana [IN]) Feb 10, 2022 4:33 PM
       Curtains for Closet Doors (by Robert J [CA]) Feb 10, 2022 9:58 PM
       Curtains for Closet Doors (by plenty [MO]) Feb 11, 2022 7:25 AM
       Curtains for Closet Doors (by WMH [NC]) Feb 12, 2022 8:00 AM
       Curtains for Closet Doors (by don [PA]) Feb 17, 2022 12:37 AM
       Curtains for Closet Doors (by GingerLou [GA]) Feb 23, 2022 12:14 PM
       Curtains for Closet Doors (by Charles Edward [FL]) Feb 23, 2022 12:31 PM
       Curtains for Closet Doors (by Annie [IN]) Feb 23, 2022 2:29 PM
       Curtains for Closet Doors (by LESLIE [FL]) Feb 23, 2022 4:24 PM
       Curtains for Closet Doors (by mobile jim [TX]) Feb 23, 2022 9:29 PM
       Curtains for Closet Doors (by Rhonda [HI]) Feb 23, 2022 10:08 PM
       Curtains for Closet Doors (by Jerry [TN]) Feb 24, 2022 4:09 AM
       Curtains for Closet Doors (by Nellie [ME]) Feb 24, 2022 8:18 AM
       Curtains for Closet Doors (by Nellie [ME]) Feb 24, 2022 8:24 AM
       Curtains for Closet Doors (by Leslie Purdy [FL]) Feb 24, 2022 8:36 AM
       Curtains for Closet Doors (by Jeanie B [NY]) Feb 24, 2022 8:36 AM
       Curtains for Closet Doors (by WMH [NC]) Feb 24, 2022 8:43 AM
       Curtains for Closet Doors (by Rhonda [HI]) Feb 24, 2022 1:34 PM
       Curtains for Closet Doors (by WMH [NC]) Feb 25, 2022 11:25 AM


Curtains for Closet Doors (by WMH [NC]) Posted on: Feb 10, 2022 9:34 AM
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I do hate swinging doors, they take up so much space and we have small places. Bi-folds are terrible, always getting broken and falling off. Sliding barn doors only work in certain spaces. Ditto pocket doors.

In our small cottages we have been using curtains on closets for years, but ready-made curtains only come in 63" or 84" inch lengths. Shower curtains can be bought in 78" length but either they look cheap or they are super expensive, and need hooks which tend to look cheesy too.

Closet door heights are usually 80", with a tension rod that means about 79" inches needed for a curtain.

The other day for no good reason I searched on 79" curtains and lo and behold, they do make them. They even say Closet in the title! I simply never searched on them before. $29.

Here they are:

amazon.com/pureaqu-Grommet-Doorway-Insulated-Draperies/dp/B08MQG6778/ref=sr_1_4?crid=3AU9RNWYFNAV2&keywords=79%22%2Bcurtain&qid=1644503100&s=home-garden&sprefix=79%2Bcurtain%2Cgarden%2C74&sr=1-4&th=1

FWIW. --50.82.xxx.xxx




Curtains for Closet Doors (by Lynn [MA]) Posted on: Feb 10, 2022 9:41 AM
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I like using sliding doors on a track as they hold up pretty good. I agree bi-folds break at the pins and always fall off. --96.237.xx.xxx




Curtains for Closet Doors (by 6x6 [TN]) Posted on: Feb 10, 2022 9:47 AM
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Thank you for the suggestion.

To my surprise, the bifold doors in my C rental have done well and are still in great shape and working properly after 12 years. I tend to micro manage though as I do quarterly inspections and more if needed. --73.120.xx.xxx




Curtains for Closet Doors (by 6x6 [TN]) Posted on: Feb 10, 2022 9:48 AM
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How well do the curtains hold up? I do like the idea. --73.120.xx.xxx




Curtains for Closet Doors (by WMH [NC]) Posted on: Feb 10, 2022 9:53 AM
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No room for sliding doors in a single door closet.

6x6, they have good reviews. The ugly ones we have in some cottages have lasted years, but they look tacky. I'm happy to have found these! --50.82.xxx.xxx




Curtains for Closet Doors (by plenty [MO]) Posted on: Feb 10, 2022 10:26 AM
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Been doin a version of this for a few properties. I don't know how they are to live with but no one complains. We have been installing just like a closet rod. And since I have some sewings skills been able to manage the Length. This looks interesting. Thanks for sharing. Will consider this option going forward. --172.58.xxx.xx




Curtains for Closet Doors (by WMH [NC]) Posted on: Feb 10, 2022 10:49 AM
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Plenty I have ZIPPO sewing skills. Last time I tried to hem a curtain for a closet I used Stitch Witch which kind of melted the curtain as it is ironed on. Another time I used hem glue (didn't hold) so these are of real interest to me! :)

We have 10 units that have a washer & dryer laundry closet in the kitchen. They always had bi-fold doors and the tenants always took them off and stuck them next to the fridge, so we just removed all the doors but I have always wanted a better solution.

And we have 3 cottages with single-door closets in tiny bedrooms. That's where we started hanging curtains but not good ones.

ACK I just remember 4 more that could use them! --50.82.xxx.xxx




Curtains for Closet Doors (by Busy [WI]) Posted on: Feb 10, 2022 12:11 PM
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IKEA has floor to ceiling curtains. Bought them years ago for my one house that had floor to ceiling closet doors. --70.92.xxx.xxx




Curtains for Closet Doors (by CDM [CA]) Posted on: Feb 10, 2022 12:18 PM
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We have curtains in all of our own closet doors, and I much prefer them to sliding or bifold doors. I get mine at Ikea or on Amazon, and my husband mounted a fixed rod just below the top of the closet opening to hang them on. I use the type with large grommets and hem them to length. That takes minimal sewing skills, but you do need a sewing machine to do it right. I haven't used curtains like that in a rental. --24.130.xxx.xxx




Curtains for Closet Doors (by Busy [WI]) Posted on: Feb 10, 2022 1:14 PM
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Oh, for hemming, most dry cleaners or shopping malls can put you in touch with a sewer.

I did the simplest of lazy hems on my IKEA curtains- just folded the bottom up once, and straight stitched. If you ever came across a sewing machine, it would be the easiest thing for anyone to learn to do. Just need slight familiarity with sewing machines. Plenty could teach you at convention in two minutes, WMH. (not saying, you gotta, just, once you learned, you'd be amazed at how easy...) Dear hubby could learn too, really is simple.

--70.92.xxx.xxx




Curtains for Closet Doors (by WL [CA]) Posted on: Feb 10, 2022 1:15 PM
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Good idea for C class apartments - am tired of dealing with broken closet doors. --201.140.xxx.xx




Curtains for Closet Doors (by WMH [NC]) Posted on: Feb 10, 2022 1:37 PM
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Busy, I have a sewing machine LOL! My mom was a true 1950's seamstress and I even took Home Ec back in the day. I CAN sew a straight line. Sort of (I'm left-handed.) But I don't WANT to. Sewing machines are a PITA. Bobbins, needles breaking, sewing my fingers, etc.

Oh - and we have ONE dry cleaner here on the beach. MAAAYBE two but I don't think so. We have a lot of alterations places (so many beach weddings) but they charge an arm and a leg for simple stuff.

These curtains are as cheap as anything I would buy to hem, so I'm excited to see them "ready-made." --50.82.xxx.xxx




Curtains for Closet Doors (by Busy [WI]) Posted on: Feb 10, 2022 2:51 PM
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Awesome sauce! I had missed the part where they were exact length.

I hadn't thought about sewing machines being difficult for left-handed persons. My youngest granddaughter is left-handed. She's just two, so we are teaching her to be a bit ambidextrous, just because the world is more geared towards right handers, though she'll still write and draw left handed. (And I learned to be more ambidextrous when working second and third shift at the hospital. Fewer people on the shift meant surgeons would have the scrub tech hold a retractor AND Load a needle at the same time. )

Hmmm... I'm starting to teach her to use scissors. Maybe should be a left-handed pair! Glad you reminded me. --70.92.xxx.xxx




Curtains for Closet Doors (by WMH [NC]) Posted on: Feb 10, 2022 3:11 PM
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Yes, please get her the right (left) scissors! Right-handed ones HURT to use - they are not shaped for the left hand - and no way can you cut a straight line with them very easily.

You'd be surprised by the number of stumbling blocks a left-hander runs up against in a right-handed world (90% of the population is right-handed.) --50.82.xxx.xxx




Curtains for Closet Doors (by Lana [IN]) Posted on: Feb 10, 2022 4:33 PM
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Bless you. I am remodeling my SFH and have a closet to curtain. --216.23.xxx.xx




Curtains for Closet Doors (by Robert J [CA]) Posted on: Feb 10, 2022 9:58 PM
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Forty Four Years ago my sliding closet doors in my rentals were too heavy and would either fall of the roller guides on top or the tracks would get filled with carpet fibers and get stuck.

Since that time I've tried making lighter hollow closet doors, bi-fold doors, curtains or drapes. As mentioned in your post bi-fold doors were the worst. Pocket or Barn doors are troublesome.

So your curtain idea is a one stop solution. I've even purchased my own Grommet Kit to convert one type of curtain to the kind that will fit through a heavy duty rod. --47.155.xx.xxx




Curtains for Closet Doors (by plenty [MO]) Posted on: Feb 11, 2022 7:25 AM
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If you can buy these, they may be just the right length. I've bought clearance and had to make the fit. There are some fantastic glues out there for fabric too. One I just pin it up with safety pins! Anyways yes of course we could have a sewing demo . How fun! Why not learn many trades. --172.58.xxx.xxx




Curtains for Closet Doors (by WMH [NC]) Posted on: Feb 12, 2022 8:00 AM
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Arrived yesterday, perfect fit across a laundry closet - I ordered two 39" W x 79" L, hung with a tension rod, and they look great. I will be ordering more for sure. --50.82.xxx.xxx




Curtains for Closet Doors (by don [PA]) Posted on: Feb 17, 2022 12:37 AM
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Bifold doors last because they are left opened and never closed! What will pull them apart is the tenants hanging a ton of stuff on the knob. I learned to use a D shaped knob that you cannot hang anything on. --73.141.xxx.xxx




Curtains for Closet Doors (by GingerLou [GA]) Posted on: Feb 23, 2022 12:14 PM
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We built many of our rental houses but purchased 3 apartment buildings during our acquiring-properties years. Bi-fold doors SUCK. I mean, I've lived with perfect bi-fold doors for years in my personal residence and love them. No problems whatsoever! BUT I'm a home owner and NOT a TENANT. My tenants are very hard of bi-folds. So, upon acquiring the 3 apartment buildings, we removed the bi-folds from the washer/dryer closets and installed a metal plumping pipe as a rod. At first I would then hang a shower curtain with the clip-on shower curtain rings across the empty laundry closets. Now I do that only for showing the unit, and my tenants can buy their own shower curtains, regular curtains or fabric coverings. I also plan to remove all the bi-folds in our houses as they become vacant, probably wood-putty the screw holes, paint the molding and "pretend" it was always an open space. None of the house laundry closets face like the L.R. anyway. As far as all the bedroom bi-folds we installed originally (super bad idea), I'm replacing with just thin swing-out doors. I feel the houses are too nice to use curtains for closets in the bedrooms (at least at this point). Over the thirty years I have been a LL, I have found that whatever a tenant can destroy, they probably will. I have to replace cabinet doors, too ... makes you wonder how a cabinet door could merely "fall off," doesn't it... obviously the kids are most likely using it as a swing, right? I have found that if you stuff the screw holes with toothpicks and then hammer it in, you can easily drill a new hole that will hold. The more durable you can make anything on a rental property, the better. Just sayin'. --99.110.xxx.xx




Curtains for Closet Doors (by Charles Edward [FL]) Posted on: Feb 23, 2022 12:31 PM
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I do like the idea and will try it on my own house first to make Sure I like it - but I would only want to do it in a rental IF I had matching curtains on the window in that room AND if I mounted the rod exactly like the windows.

That is: on the wall and wider than the opening rather than inside the 'doorway' opening.

Which, by the way, would also mean that any curtains could be used - not just doorway-sized curtains. --172.56.xx.xx




Curtains for Closet Doors (by Annie [IN]) Posted on: Feb 23, 2022 2:29 PM
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We have tried this in an older home (circa 1925) that did not have a closet door in the bedroom. Gave the room a little more polish when showing the unit for rental. However, the rod and curtains tended to disappear at move out, but since they were inexpensive, who cares! --209.132.xxx.xxx




Curtains for Closet Doors (by LESLIE [FL]) Posted on: Feb 23, 2022 4:24 PM
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i HAD CURTAINS INSTEAD OF CLOSET DOORS IN MY COLLEGE DORM. MY MOTHER MADE NICE CURTAINS FOR BOTH ME AND MY ROOMMATE

BUT IT STILL LOOKED CHEAP. MY TENANTS WOULD NOT WANT CURTAINS

INSTEAD OF DOORS --65.33.xxx.xxx




Curtains for Closet Doors (by mobile jim [TX]) Posted on: Feb 23, 2022 9:29 PM
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For our lower rent homes curtains. The light sliding doors come off the track easily and I often find them stored outside in the rain. For the better homes the bi folds work best. We have found reasonably good luck finding curtains at Walmart. --72.110.xx.xxx




Curtains for Closet Doors (by Rhonda [HI]) Posted on: Feb 23, 2022 10:08 PM
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Whenever I see a curtain for a closet my first thought is "cheap and tacky". Sorry, end of conversation for me. --172.58.xx.xxx




Curtains for Closet Doors (by Jerry [TN]) Posted on: Feb 24, 2022 4:09 AM
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No doors or curtains! Just wide open

Will pass sect. 8

--70.241.xxx.xx




Curtains for Closet Doors (by Nellie [ME]) Posted on: Feb 24, 2022 8:18 AM
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Regarding the left handed child. If the child is more comfortable using right handed shears in the right hand that would be best. No, right handed shears in the left hand do not work, but left handed shears in the left hand donít work very well, either. When I was in school I learned to use right handed scissors because the lefty ones they handed out did not work. --76.179.xxx.xx




Curtains for Closet Doors (by Nellie [ME]) Posted on: Feb 24, 2022 8:24 AM
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I donít like the look of curtains on closets. To me it looks cheap.

I think a lot of problem people have with sliding doors is the quality of the hardware. It might be worth looking into better quality hardware. --76.179.xxx.xx




Curtains for Closet Doors (by Leslie Purdy [FL]) Posted on: Feb 24, 2022 8:36 AM
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We will keep existing closet doors until they break, then install a white tension rod for TENANT to buy curtains. Works out wonderfully for both of us! --184.90.xxx.xxx




Curtains for Closet Doors (by Jeanie B [NY]) Posted on: Feb 24, 2022 8:36 AM
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Oh dear...I agree with Rhonda HI...and I DO sew....but only for over 40 years! Here's my take on some ideas given here (take them with a grain of salt and in a loving, helpful way, please)...I believe that a pinned hem will only cheapen your apartment...A closet curtain (if must be used) in the color of the walls and of a heavier drapery fabric would look more upscale...Todays younger tenants prefer less foofoo fancy or gathered curtains (if that is the only choice)....Grey is the new neutral replacing cream and stark white. And my biggest concern: Curtains MUST be laundered (at least once a year) Please remember...these will be handled every time someone wants to get into the closet...so make sure the curtains are easy to remove from the rod. Read all laundering tags BEFORE you purchase. Cotton fabric is guaranteed to shrink! Polyesters (like shower curtains WILL MELT when ironed and sometimes even in the drier.) And THINK! Is this the look you

re going after? Sometimes it may be cleaner...easier and less "old lady" to just leave them off! Just some thoughts before you(or your tenant) wants to cut that curtain to pieces!!!!! --98.15.xxx.xxx




Curtains for Closet Doors (by WMH [NC]) Posted on: Feb 24, 2022 8:43 AM
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Did you look at the curtains I started this thread with?

And a few points: not all closets can have sliding doors. Think a single door closet from the 50's. Think a laundry closet where sliding the door OPEN on the washer CLOSES it on the dryer - that's a pain! Think a small (8x10) room - that 2-foot swing takes up precious space.

Anyway, you do you. --50.82.xxx.xxx




Curtains for Closet Doors (by Rhonda [HI]) Posted on: Feb 24, 2022 1:34 PM
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Good morning to all:

I apologise if I sounded rude, it was not meant that way. I try not to take comments about rental property personally.

I have a rental that attracts military and educated professionals who work around the DC area.

I have had more than one potential tenant mention seeing other places with curtains for closets and in that area, it is seen as an issue.

They are very unpopular and bring a certain reputation as to the desirability of the property.

I have had the same closets, both bi-folds and regular doors for over 20 years and although I had damage in other areas of the house, those doors are still there with little wear.

Not saying they do not need a repaint occasionally, but still the same doors.

I wouldn't mind some beautiful curtain ideas for the windows though!

With Regard,

Rhonda

--172.58.xx.xxx




Curtains for Closet Doors (by WMH [NC]) Posted on: Feb 25, 2022 11:25 AM
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All real estate is local, and swimming against the tide is exhausting. So you have to do at least what is typical and common for your type of housing to get highest rents you can.

My houses are all tiny beach cottages, 1-2 bedrooms are the norm. They are cute, clean and functional with a few extras not always provided by others: washers & dryers in all units, ditto microwaves. But luxury they are not.

If I had a nice SFH in the DC suburbs, I might not be using curtains on closets. (Although I like these a lot!)

And my DIL, who DOES own a house in the DC suburbs, removed the closet doors in her daughters' bedrooms and replaced with curtains because of the space issues (small townhouse.) Previously, every closet door in the house was a bi-fold. --50.82.xxx.xxx





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