I’m so proud of my velcro curtains.
Specifically, I’m proud of the velcro I placed on our curtain and window tops to replace the rods.
Three windows are in our living room. On two windows, where the curtain rod mounts would be, one mount is missing from each set. Don’t remember how that happened. The last window does have both curtain rod mounts.
We used to have blinds. But the boys played with those until the blinds semi-permanently folded like bendy straws. If you pulled the strings they always ended up crooked. We got about 45 degrees of sunlight in the house from those windows and blinds.
The insides of our white window frames are notched from many curtain rods. Deep light brown grooves stripped of white paint. With persistence we placed curtain rods in the frames. And with persistence the boys snatched them down.
Then, they took off the rubber tips and chewed them. Every time we put the curtain rods back up without those tips, a deeper groove formed. So we bought more curtain rods. I bought chew tubes for the boys, thinking maybe this would satisfy their need to chew.
But the clattering of rods continued day and night. Then we decided, we’ll just skip curtains. Maybe it’s the banging of the rod noise they like.
I draped a blanket over the curtain rod mounts on one window. However, since Anwar likes running with blankets on his head that didn’t work. We’d find him giggling with the blanket over his head, 2 in the morning, street lights glowing through the windows. I hooked fitted sheets over the curtain rod mounts(because maybe if the sheets weren’t as thick as a blanket Anwar would leave those alone), and it looked silly, but I was beyond the aesthetics of our windows.
Our curtains had been chewed at the bottom. They had raggedy edges and tears at the top where the curtain rods had been yanked down. We had heavier burgundy and beige curtains for the winter, and my mom had made us curtains from yellow and then orange fabric for summer. We didn’t plan on buying anymore curtains; we needed a solution.
Sasha, Taj’s provider, told us of a woman who had the same challenges with her daughter. This woman had affixed velcro to the top of her window and back of the curtain fabric.
I went to Walmart and got velcro that said it was for fabric, and needed to be washed for the velcro to adhere to the fabric. I washed the fabric with velcro and put the adjoining side of velcro on the wall. But the velcro kept peeling off of the fabric and the velcro on the wall didn’t stay either.
I decided to try “Command” Strips. Those are used for fabric hangings right? No luck.
I do not enjoy DIY house projects at all. So all of this trial and error for already raggedy curtains, for our badly chipped window frames, with duck taped screens on the outside(that’s a story for another day) was really annoying me.
I went to the office section again and got black velcro. It wasn’t in a continuous roll, like the fabric velcro, but was in pieces like the “Command” Strips. I put the curtains up against the frame and marked where the velcro would need to go, corresponding to the fabric. And…
No more clanging rods, or worrying that someone’s trying to mouth an untipped rod, or grabbing the rod from a child trying to jump off of a table. I was so relieved.
Now,the boys are content to leave the curtains up with the velcro. And if they do take them down, the ripping of velcro is less jarring than the sound of banging rods. We do have one window that we leave open. No matter what we do Anwar takes it down. In fact, the first night we didn’t have the rods, Anwar was confused and led me to the place in the closet where we usually kept the rods. He wrote in his communication device,
“Curtains.” He meant the curtain rods, but he’s gotten used to the velcro in their absence. And for anyone suffering from the banging of curtain rods…
I highly recommend velcro.