Buffalo Check Curtains are a timeless design classic that never go out of style. They have been popular for centuries, and can be seen adorning the windows of homes in almost any style or decor. With their distinctive black and white checked design, these curtains bring instant charm to any window setting. Whether you choose to hang them plain or add a touch of decorative trim, they offer a simple yet chic look that will never go out of fashion. With the right care and maintenance, Buffalo Check Curtains can become a timeless piece in your home that will remain beautiful for many years to come.
One of the most asked questions I get here on my blog is “where did you get the black and white buffalo check curtains in your living room?
I’ve answered this question so many times and each time I feel like I’ve let the person who asked down.
You see, I made these curtains a few years ago. I purchased the fabric from Ikea. It’s from the Berta Ruta line at Ikea. It looks like the beige color is still available (this can change at any moment).
The fabric is a really nice quality, yarn died, decorator fabric at only $8.99 a yard (before I go on, a “yarn died” fabric is one where individual yarns or threads are woven together to form the pattern. So, you get the print on both sides of the fabric).
Sadly, soon after I purchased the fabric and made the curtains, Ikea decided to discontinue this particular fabric – sigh!
So, when I’m asked about the buffalo check curtains, I’m always a little sad that I can’t just tell my readers where they can get the same look for their homes.
I decided I’d do a little research and try to find some ready made buffalo check curtains for anyone who is going for this farmhouse look! And, here’s what I found for these simple window treatment!
There are several sellers on Etsy that make buffalo check curtains. I chose this particular seller because the reviews are top notch and I liked the options that she provides. You can choose to have your curtains pinch pleated or with grommet tops and you can get them lined or unlined.
Her reviews seem to be that she has great customer service and attention to detail.
The description of this curtain on the Pottery Barn website says they are black and white, but I have to say that they do look gray? So, I would try to check on these in a store to make sure they are a true black and white.
Country Curtains is a source for high quality curtains. Their buffalo check is a color paired with natural – according to their website. So, you would not be getting a bright white, but you may like the look better than a pure white.
I have to say that, based totally on the online photos, I really like these ones! But, please take note – the price listed is per panel. And, you would need two panels per window. These also have a blackout lining, which is very nice.
A few things to look for when buying buffalo check curtains!
Get true buffalo check prints
First, you need to know what true buffalo check print is, right?
Buffalo check is a large check and each square should measure three or four inches. Look for these dimensions when shopping for buffalo check.
When I googled buffalo check, a lot of the options were not a true buffalo check.
I was seeing three-tone checks that were huge and all sorts of buffalo checks going around that I wasn’t quite sure what Google was pulling for me to check out.
Get quality fabric
Make sure you know what you are getting in regard to fabric. Is the fabric woven or dyed (a woven print will be the same on each side, whereas a dyed fabric will only have the print on one side. I prefer woven fabrics. They are a much better quality.
Always look at the item details or descriptions when picking out your curtains. Don’t just go by what is on sale or what special offers they’re offering. Many times, stores will put their lower quality stuff on sale to push it out faster. With curtains, a lot of the time, you get what you pay for. So don’t just go for cheap.
Think about the use of your curtains
Are the curtains lined? I prefer a lined drape. They look nice from the outside and, of course, block light better.
Are you okay with heavier, lined curtains that will block the light? Or do you need thinner ones that will let the natural light in and these curtains are really just for looks.
Know your goals and what you’re looking for so you can get the correct type of fabric for your windows.
Get the right length
Curtains come in standard lengths. 84″, 96″ and 108″. Make sure you measure from the rod to the floor, and I like to add some length for puddling on the floor.
Whatever you do, you don’t want your drapes to be too short and not at least brush the floor.
Longer curtains tend to lend way to giving more privacy than shorter ones.
Consider if they can be washed or not
Take into consideration where you’ll be hanging these cute curtains and what kind of environment they’ll be in. If you have young kids who are known to make messes, and will probably somehow get these beautiful curtinas dirty, you will probably want to consider using washable fabric. Some fabric is hand wash only and some is fine with machine wash. While some curtains are dry clean only.
Look at the care instructions of your curtains of choice and make sure that you are okay with them before purchasing.
Consider the weight of the curtains
You also have to consider the weight of your curtains. Heavier fabrics will drape better, but they can be more difficult to open and close on a rod.
A lighter fabric may not provide as much privacy and insulation, but they are easier to pull back and draw in the morning or at night.
Consider the amount of light you would like in your room before choosing a curtain fabric.
How are you hanging your curtains?
Do you have the materials you would need to hang your curtains? Are you going to need a special type of rod or bracket? Take the time to measure your window and make sure that your curtains will fit.
If you are using a track or blind, these can be more difficult to install than standard rods and brackets. Keep this in mind when picking out which buffalo check curtains you want to purchase and hang in your home.
Which buffalo check curtains are you adding to your wish list?
I hope this helps those of you who are interested in adding some buffalo check curtains to your home!
You can see more of my living room with the buffalo check curtains in these posts: