A DIY Idea

I work in a century-old mansion which has a library.

The library is used daily by the family to read, play games, greet guests, and even watch TV.
The library is used daily by the family to read, play games, greet guests, and even watch TV.
Sometimes the curtains are closed to keep out cold drafts and summer heat.
Sometimes the curtains are closed to keep out cold drafts and summer heat.

This is a roomful of heavy, interlined drapes.

New upholstery on the library settee.
New upholstery on the library settee.

When the settee in the library at work was recovered, the curtains were changed to match the upholstery.

The curtains are fully lined and interlined.
The curtains are fully lined and interlined.

When the drapery maker’s son came to hang the new curtains he brought them in on some useful hangers.

The curtains have been changed and a small stool has also been reupholstered in the new fabric.
The curtains have been changed and a small stool has also been reupholstered in the new fabric.

He told me they custom make the hangers by fastening a heavy cardboard tube to two hangers that have been taped together.

Heavy duty hangers for carrying well-pressed fabric like tablecloths.
Heavy duty hangers for carrying well-pressed fabric like tablecloths.

Since I could think of a dozen uses for these special hangers I aksed if he was leaving them. He said sure.

If you need something like this I'm sure you could DIY these hangers with no problem.
If you need something like this I’m sure you could DIY these hangers with no problem.

Now they’re hanging in my conservatory closet very near the tablecloths.  Uh huh.

Have you made something practical and useful?

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Author: Jo

Welcome to The Glade, where the second generation of renovations has just begun and the mania about our home, music and other passions fill our days and nights. We’re Charlie and Jo in the music world; Mary Jo and Charles to family; and JoJo and Charlie to each other. We are renovating a midcentury house in a Victorian historic district where we want to live there the rest of our lives. It's a 1946 house located in Maryland. We were married in this house. Thus far (pre-blog) we refinished cabinets, added a window seat (still working on the cushion), rearranged a wall in the guest house due to sink/vanity replacement, planted a vegetable garden, and other quick and not-so-quick fixes. So this latest zeal for construction is the result of my having lived here since 1997 and feeling a need to ready the house for the next chapter and beyond.

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