My 2 daughters share a closet with sliding doors. It's impossible for both of them to reach their things at the same time and the doors often come off the track causing a safety problem. I've been dreaming of taking off the doors for awhile. There isn't enough room for bi-fold doors or pocket doors, so I am going to hang a curtain.
I've seen this done well and I've seen it done poorly. Done well, it's elegant and fresh. Done poorly it looks half finished and cheap. If you do a google image search for "closet curtain" you will see a lot of photos of closet curtains. I'm not a designer, but I know what I like.
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I like curtains hung from the inside of the closet so all hardware and top of the curtain is completely concealed. This gives a feeling of mystery and keeps the curtain from taking over the room. I also prefer curtains that are very full, at least 2-3 times the width of the opening. Curtains that are too sparse feel cheap. Length is another consideration. Curtains that are very long, at least grazing the floor if not pooling a little, feel elegant and extravagant but don't have to be expensive. Short curtains look a little like someone wearing high water pants. I love the look of wide constrasting bands at the bottom of the curtain. They are a fun way to add beautiful prints and also give weight to the curtain to help it hang well.
I plan to add metal tie backs to the inside of the closet so the girls can tuck the fabric out of their way when they are dressing in the morning. I wish I had room to hang sturdy robe hooks on the wall to hang out an outfit in the evening for the next day. I'm still thinking about a place.
I love how this curtain is hung on the outside of the closet but the top is concealed with a decorative cornice.
To make it look the way I want it, I'm going to need to paint all their wood work white--aak! It's on my schedule, but may have to wait until after our kitchen remodel which will start next week! (More on that later.) Perhaps I can hang the curtain now and paint when I have more time.