When we Reno’d our small kitchen a couple years ago, we added in the Ikea farmhouse sink. We love our new sink but it did pose one problem. We no longer had cabinets the right size to go under it, and we didn’t have the budget to buy new ones.
Insert the cozy, quaint skirted kitchen sink. A skirted kitchen sink is a fun way to add in extra charm to your space. It can be done in many different styles too!
From farmhouse to a more modern look (though this is still decidedly a traditional-cottage-farmhouse option for concealing items in a room) I hope you will consider the kitchen sink skirt after reading this post as an affordable way to add charm to your home.
Skirted Kitchen Sink DIY
I know, I know a skirted sink may at first seem a little old fashioned. This isn’t a problem of course if you are drawn to a more traditional home decor style. But if like me, you lean towards a more modern aesthetic, a skirted kitchen sink may not be what comes to mind when you think of the perfect kitchen.
When my husband came to me and asked if I had any ideas for what to do under our new farmhouse sink other than cabinets, I was concerned. The only thing I could think of was adding in a sink skirt and that was not really my decor style. With no other options that were affordable for us, I ended up going ahead with a skirt sink. I was ok with it. Not thrilled, but ok.
Over time I grew to LOVE my skirted sink. It made our home feel extra cozy and cottage-y, both things I love and I now have no plans to change it. I had originally found a blanket that I liked the fabric of and sewn a little curtain. It worked, but I had to glue it to the tension rod and it was very difficult to wash.
How to make an easy kitchen sink skirt
Then I saw a post from chrislovesjulia.com where Julia used cafe curtains to make a temporary skirted cabinet and I loved it. Cafe curtains! Why hadn’t I thought of that. I am not a sewer by any stretch of the imagination, so this appeals to me because its a very simple way to create a skirted sink and only requires some hemming if your curtains are too long.
How to make a skirted kitchen sink with cafe curtains
To make a skirted kitchen sink you will need
- cafe curtains ( I bought these ones, and love them!)
- a sewing machine
- a tension rod
To make your skirted kitchen sink, first hang one curtain under the sink on the tension rod you will be using. Figure out the length you would like and pin the bottom of your curtain. It’s important to add a little bit of extra length because your curtains will need to be washed and could shrink in the wash. With this said I always hang mine back on the rod under the sink to dry to help with that issue.
Remove the curtain and make sure before you hem your curtain that it’s straight along the bottom. For my curtains, I purchased the 36×36″ size. I pinned mine to be 30″ in length to have them just above the floor, but just brushing the floor would be a good length as well.
I then removed by curtain and used a tape measure, measuring the middle and other side of my cafe curtain, pinning it in three sections to make sure the bottom was straight.
Next you will sew a straight line across the bottom of your curtain using a sewing machine and repeat with your other curtain if you need two like I did. Hang your hemmed cafe curtains back on your tension rod and place under the sink. Done!
Cute Cafe Curtains for a Skirted Kitchen Sink
I love the subtle charm of the ticking strip cafe curtains for our modern farmhouse kitchen. Here are some other options for cute cafe curtains that you can use to make a kitchen sink skirt.
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