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Covering bookshelves with curtains?
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Has anyone ever tried this? I have an old shower curtain I could use. I'm just not sure how to go about attaching a rod or whatever to the bookshelf.... hmm Let me know if you have any ideas - thanks!

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Curtain on bookcase
Old 07-28-2007, 05:58 AM
 
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Years ago I used a tension rod on my teacher's bookcase. Tension rods don't need any additional hardware installed and are a snap to use! I didn't use it on the children's area because I was hesitant about it falling with frequent, less than careful, use and I didn't want it to look like the children couldn't use the books freely. It WAS GREAT for hiding the mass of things in my bookcase, though!
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I am contemplating doing mine with velcro tape. What I am going to do is attach one side of the tape on the top of the shelf, then the other on the top of the fabric I am hanging. I figure this way, if the fire inspector comes around, I can always very quickly rip it down without damaging it.
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I have
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attached curtains to large wooden cubbies before. I bought some light weight denim fabric from Walmart, used the "iron a hem" strips to actually make the curtains ( I can not sew at all), and viola! I had curtains for my cubbies.

Next I bought 2 inexpensive curtain rods (from Walmart as well), used a drill to attach the brackets into the wood cubbies, and then finally hung them up. I have had the curtains on for almost 10 years and they are still in great condition.

I know this is more detail than you probably needed, but just though I'd share what I did. If you want to use your shower curtain, instead of using a shower rod, I'd look into getting a curtain rod instead. Hope this helps!
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Also try
Old 07-28-2007, 06:15 AM
 
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hot glue. I have attached fabric to backs of filing cabinets and bookcases with hot glue. Comes off easy when you're ready for a change.


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Are the shelves metal?
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They also have magnetic curtain rods now for metal shelves. If not, I'd go with the tension rods or velcro.

The magnetic curtain rods are handy anyway. I have one on the side of my filing cabinet holding small pocket charts. I used Winnie the Pooh shower curtain hooks to attach the charts to the rod.
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I am doing this right now, and have done it for several years. Like the previous post said, cheap curtain rods from Wal-Mart (approx $4-5), and then I get the white plastic hooks that have self adhesive to hang the rods on. Sometimes the adhesive isn't strong enough, but I've found hot glue works very well! Good Luck!
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I used Velcro
Old 07-28-2007, 08:11 AM
 
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It worked great. I have built in bookshelves all the way across one wall under the windows. I covered the areas of the shelves I did not want the kids to get into at the time, and then removed the curtain when I wanted them to use those things. When they were through, I just stuck the curtain back up. I used the same fabric to make valances for the windows and put them up with tension rods.
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Old 07-28-2007, 11:52 AM
 
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Thanks SO much everyone, I can't wait to try it! It will make my little room look a lot less cluttered hopefully :-)
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Old 07-28-2007, 12:44 PM
 
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I love this idea. I'm going to put a curtain on my bookshelf of prof. books.
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Old 07-28-2007, 01:58 PM
 
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Cute ideas!
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table skirt
Old 07-28-2007, 06:22 PM
 
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go to a party galaxy type store that sells party supplies. you can find plastic table skirts in tons of solid colors. they have a peel and stick strip at the top. i use them to hide everything!
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