How To Hang Curtains

How To Hang Curtains

How to Hang Curtains Creating a beautiful window treatment starts with choosing the look you’d like for the room. First consider the length of the curtain, then which type of top treatment will work best in your space. From a dramatic entryway to a casual kitchen, the details you choose for your windows make a difference in defining the style of the room. Length All of our curtain panel heights are measured from the top of the rod pocket to the bottom of the hem. The length of your curtains should mirror the style of the room, from dramatic to relaxed. 63″ Curtains Falling just above the sill, 63” panels are great for more casual rooms, such as the kitchen or a bedroom. 84″ Curtains These curtains are casual but have a tailored look that elongates the appearance of the window. 96″ Curtains Drapes that are 96” typically hang about 1” off the floor, turning a window into a statement. Try this length in spaces such as the family room or dining room. 108″ Curtains Create a luxurious effect with longer curtains that “puddle” beautifully on the floor. This treatment is usually reserved for low-traffic rooms that are slightly more elegant, such as the living room or formal dining room. Top Treatment The way your curtains hang from the hardware makes a difference in how they drape. Choose from rod pocket, grommet, rings or double rods to create different effects in different rooms. Rod Pocket Perhaps the most common type of top treatment, these curtains have a generous 3” “pocket” along the top that easily slips over a curtain rod. Rings Rod pocket curtains can also be used with rings for a more contemporary look that glides easily along the rod. Grommet Grommet top offers a more modern look that lets curtains glide on the rod with ease, making it a good choice for windows that are opened and closed often. Double Rods Behind the beauty of a layered window treatment is usually a double rod. This hardware makes it easy to get creative by mixing color, pattern and materials, such as an opaque cotton drape in front of a sheer linen panel. During colder months, layer two heavier drapes to help insulate the room. How to Measure After deciding the length of your curtains, decide the total width. Do you want a smooth, tailored appearance when your window curtains are closed, or do you prefer a fuller, more dramatic look? One of our designer’s tips and tricks: Calculate 1.5 to 3 times the width of the window depending on the fullness you’d like. In addition to measuring the width of the window, determine how much overlap of hanging curtains you’d like on each side (1-3” is typical). Curtain rods are usually mounted 4” from the top of the window. Add height to a room by mounting the rod closer to the ceiling. If you are using curtain rings, add approximately 1.5–2” to your measurements. Width Window SillLength Apron Length Floor Length We also invite you to come into our stores and talk with one of our associates, who can help you with decorating ideas, tips on how to hang curtains and choosing the right drapery hardware for your windows.
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How To Hang Curtains

63″ Curtains Falling just above the sill, 63” panels are great for more casual rooms, such as the kitchen or a bedroom. 84″ Curtains These curtains are casual but have a tailored look that elongates the appearance of the window. 96″ Curtains Drapes that are 96” typically hang about 1” off the floor, turning a window into a statement. Try this length in spaces such as the family room or dining room. 108″ Curtains Create a luxurious effect with longer curtains that “puddle” beautifully on the floor. This treatment is usually reserved for low-traffic rooms that are slightly more elegant, such as the living room or formal dining room.
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How To Hang Curtains

Before you even figure out how long the curtains should be, you’ll have to figure out where to hang the rod. We chose to hang this rod at least one foot, or 12 inches, outside of the window (on both sides). We recommend this number on pretty much any window because this will allow the curtains to drape down without interfering with the light of the window.  And if you look back to my first set of curtains, you’ll notice that the curtains didn’t have enough room to expand on the rod and really stayed bunched up because the rod was not long enough. A longer rod will eliminate this problem and make your window appear larger. Another thing to notice is where the mounting hardware is hung in relation to the rod/curtains. After your rod is mounted, add one curtain clip (we used these ones) to the outside of the hardware and have the remaining curtain clips on the inside (or window side) of this rod. This will prevent the curtain from being pulled all the way to the middle of the window, and will keep a nice even look when they’re drawn closed.
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How To Hang Curtains

How would you recommend hanging curtains on difficult windows? I have a vaulted ceiling with 2 windows: a regular rectangular window,and then 1/4″ above that a second window that is so close to the ceiling you can’t hang a curtain rod across it. What to do? The previous owners hung the rod in between the two windows, so the top window was showing with the blinds and no other window treatments and the curtains started right below that just for the bottom window. Prevents the high and wide curtain look I like. I’ve also considered getting really good light blocking shades and maybe hanging non-functional curtains on either side of the window that start at the ceiling and drop all the way down. I’d have to hang them on an angle with the vault of the ceiling,so I’d also have to altar them to be on an angle as well to hit evenly with the floor. My third idea was to put in a giant triangle-shaped pelmet box that would cover the top window completely and go wide enough to hang curtains that begin inside of the pelmet box and go on either side of the bottom window. Can you help me?! I’ve looked everywhere for three years for good ideas on window treatments for odd-shaped windows and have come up empty. Thanks!
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How To Hang Curtains

How to Measure Curtain Panels, Brackets, and Rods Wondering where to hang curtain rods? Take these simple measurements to ensure perfect curtain placement. Measure the height from the floor to the top of your window frame to determine the curtain length you’ll need. Curtains should just touch the floor or pool slightly. Determine where you’ll hang your curtain rod based on the length of your curtains. You’ll want to position curtain brackets so your rod is about six inches above your window frame. Measure the depth of your window to determine the size of your curtain brackets. You’ll want curtain brackets that extend past the depth of your window molding. If they’re too shallow, your curtains won’t hang properly. For the best look, make sure each curtain panel is at least as wide as your window. Watch: Dos and Don’ts of Hanging Curtain Rods
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How To Hang Curtains

I prefer the kiss the floor method for hanging curtains. I can’t stand having a puddle of curtains on the floor. It gets in the way and the curtains don’e hang right. So, I try to measure really accurately from where I want to hang the curtain rod, then I wait to hang the rod until I see where the curtain will sit. If you have to move the rod a quarter of an inch up or down I don’t think it will make much of a difference.
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Well, we’ve pulled together a roundup of our favorite readymade long (at least 96″) curtains for you. There are very few houses that only need 84″ high curtains. It’s like the housing and curtain industries had lunch, got drunk and one of them said ‘we’ll make the standard height of newly installed windows around 6′ or 7′ high so you just go ahead and only manufacture curtains around 84″ high and they’ll all buy it and we’ll all become millionaires’. But 84″ is almost always not long enough. Annoyingly 96″ can often be too long if you have 8′ ceilings but its better to buy the 96″ and have them hemmed to around 90″ (which is what we usually do in that case) than to go for the 84″. Of course I’m hoping that the heads of the world’s curtain senate are reading this post and will start implementing change, making a 90″ length as a standard size. And if you still make 72″ long curtains, go ahead and press pause on that mission. It’s a failed one and you are doing more harm to society than good. Maybe we’ll get a presidential candidate who will run on the ‘Long readymade and affordable curtains for all’ platform. You might think it niche, but I promise it would have broad appeal that would provoke mass change throughout our municipalities.