Make Your Own Skylight Curtains! #DIY


School is out. Summer is officially under way and yet…I’m up before 5:00am. Ugh.

There’s no good reason for me to be awake other than the fact that the Sun has decided to rise and is boring down on to my face. The favorite down comforter that I sleep with year round suddenly turns into a thermal layer of hell and I’m awake tossing, turning, and sweaty. This is not a great way to start the day.

After putting up with this inconsiderate wake up call for the last month or so, I decided to do something about it. We moved into our new home in late March and I was in love with the skylights in our living room and master bedroom. I still like these skylights, but I’m much better informed about what skylights mean. For instance, naps during the day are no longer possible (unless you wear a layer of sunscreen and cover your head with the heaviest blanket you can find) and you’ll need super human eyesight to watch tv with the solar glare on the screen.


My fix? A yard of heavy duty fabric, two adjustable tension rods, and a few minutes at my sewing machine. I simply measured the width and depth of the skylight (and included an extra couple inches in length to give the “curtain” a billowing effect) and sewed just one panel. Using the tension rods at the top and the bottom of the skylight I was able to keep the “curtain” in place and now I have some sun protection and a colorful accent to the room. My love for skylights has been reignited and I can wake up in comfort and not a pool of sweat. Blech.

So, if you have skylights torturing you during the day, you can make your own skylight curtain too and get a reprieve from the sun’s harsh summer rays. It’s easy to do and well worth it!

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2 Responses

  1. hazel says:

    how do you open and close it? i can’t reach mine without a ladder.

    • SavingCmnCents says:

      I have “automated” skylights, I guess? I’m super lucky to have a keypad on the wall that allows me to open and close them with just the touch of a button so I don’t have to get out a ladder! I don’t open and close the curtain. I just let it hang and the breeze blows it a bit. 🙂

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