Vertical blinds are my least favorite type of window treatments but I decided to keep the ones that I have in my dining room because they are pretty useful for blocking out the strong California sun in the afternoons. I still don’t like looking at the vertical blinds, so to minimize their presence, I came up with a quick and easy way to partially conceal them with a curtain:
I used a 3/8″ wood dowel to hang a curtain panel by placing the dowel inside the plastic supports of the existing vertical blind valance. That’s it, no tools or hardware needed!
You can see how easy and quick it is to do in this video and you’ll also see how to replace the vertical blinds entirely with curtains using drapery hooks and the existing clips!
The curtain panel hides the slats completely when the blinds aren’t being used and helps to soften the overall look when I do need to use them. It’s not prefect but it’s way better than always having to look at those vertical blinds! The curtain panel I used is a light beige thin fabric which is prefect to go with the rest of my dining room but because it lets a lot of light through, you can still see the blinds a bit when the sun is shining. Using a thicker curtain panel would take care of that.