The Easiest Way To Line Sheer Curtains

Saffron Marigold - Updated: March 30, 2021

Lining sheer curtain panels may seem antithetical since the idea of hanging sheer curtains is to filter light–not block it. However, you may have fallen in love with one (or more) of our collections but need a thicker curtain for privacy, insulation, or darkening a room. Lining sheer curtain panels is easier than you think–especially with this no-sew DIY hack that one of our customers shared with us!

Of course, lining curtain panels would mean that your sheer curtains are no longer sheer. Once you set out to attach a curtain lining or curtain backing, you have lined curtains instead of sheers. You might feel like you can’t have your sheers and have the benefits of lined curtains, too, but au contraire! We’ve discovered how to line curtains and ways to line drapes that involve no sewing whatsoever! 

Lining sheer curtains: how to line curtains without sewing

Deborah H. from St. Augustine, FL purchased the Shimmering Goldstone sheer orange curtains from our Dreams of India collection.

She wanted to hang her orange sheer curtains in her bedroom, but she also needed an option to block out light in the evenings. That meant she needed to find a solution for how to line drapes without using curtain liner fabric so she could keep the benefits of her sheers for daytime use.

Deborah had a brilliant idea: she hung a standard pair of off-the-shelf 84″ light-blocking curtains behind her sheers! 

It has become so special to me–beautiful, calming, and comfortable. It’s all because of you. I stumbled across your beautiful website. A dear friend just left and we spent the afternoon sitting in the room, talking and watching the light change as the sun set. I am obsessed! Four panels and two blockouts give me a plethora of beautiful looks.

With this creative curtain hack, Deborah has so many options. She can let the sheers let in light by simply drawing back the thicker curtains, or she can create a deep, full-looking window treatment.

Of course, she can also pull all the curtains shut for a cozy room perfect for inducing restful slumber! (Blue is a great color for bedrooms, but orange promotes peaceful sleep, too.  Deborah chose to paint her bedroom in a rich clay color–Sherwin William’s Armagnac.)

Finding panels to put behind sheer curtains

We love this no-sew, low-commitment, incredibly easy way of lining sheer curtains. And we love that Deborah used a colorful ‘liner’–her choice to use a rust-colored panel was spot-on.  By choosing a liner that’s the same shade (or a shade darker) than the sheer panel, you essentially preserve the color of the sheer panel. In other words, you won’t see an unsightly liner peeking through the sheer. Instead, it will all look like seamless, rich color.

If you’re wondering what to put behind sheer curtains for privacy or how to make sheer curtains blackout curtains, then look no further. We’ve taken the guesswork out of the lining curtains equation by scouring the web to find the right panels for lining our sheer curtains:

Lining white sheer curtains

For lining white sheer curtains, look for a panel that is equally bright or with a very slight touch of grey. The liners below also work well with Dragonfly & Lotus, Ivy Lace, CasablancaEnglish Gardens, and Moonlit Taj.

Lining red sheer curtains

Not only will this liner do the trick for Ruby Kilim, but it also plays well with Spice Route.

Lining teal curtains or green curtains

Lining orange sheer curtains

Use this liner with Orange Blossom, Red PoppyIndian Summer, or Tropical Garden.

Lining blue sheer curtains

A room-darkening or blackout curtain in navy blue will be the right choice to line almost any of our deep blue curtains.

Lining grey sheer curtains

To line grey curtains with this easy method, be sure that the curtain you’re essentially using as curtain liner fabric is very close to the grey found in your curtain. 

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