First, let me say there are lots of guidelines for hanging curtains. Most are tried and true tips that will almost guarantee the curtains on your windows will look their best! So, today let’s talk about everything you will need to know about hanging curtains
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My advice, when it come to hanging curtains is to follow the guidelines! I’ve compiled the best curtain hanging tips in one convenient place for you! This is part of my EVERYTHING YOU NEED TO KNOW SERIES. I hope you will use this post and others as a guidebook with a wealth of knowledge.
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There are many kinds of windows and window treatments. So choosing curtains for the windows in your home is a very personal and important decision.
Curtains provide privacy, filter sunlight, muffle sound and contribute to the overall beauty of a room. I think one of the best things they do to a room is to soften its hard lines!
That panel of fabric brings a layer of incredible beauty and comfort to a room!
Today’s market is flooded with so many windows covering choices!
My best advice is… less is best!
Keep the embellishments and trimmings of window treatments to a minimum. Focus on beautiful straight lines and let your window treatments enhance your decor not be the center of attention!
Here’s how our windows in the dining area looked when we first moved into the Tanglewood house…
And here is the same room with curtains (and a new chandy- LINK HERE).
Curtains should enhance the beauty of a window and the view or hide a window’s flaws.
Take a good look at your windows and think about how to make them look their very best! And answer these questions…
- Will my window look better with a curtain?
- Will the beauty of the window be diminished by hanging a curtain on it?
- How can I hide the flaws of the window with pretty window treatments?
One advantage of long straight curtains on a standard window is when the curtains are hung correctly they can make a window look larger!
I remember back in the day (maybe you can remember too) my window treatments were very ornate! They had layers of fabric and trim. And they were beautiful for the time.
I’m very happy those days are behind me! Now, most curtains are a straight draped fabric from the curtain rod to the floor!
BEST ADVICE FOR HANGING CURTAINS
Here’s my best advice for most curtains…
HANG THEM HIGH AND SWING THEM LOW!
In other words, hang window treatments as high on a wall as possible and let them at least touch the floor! This will give the illusion of more height in your room and that is a good thing!
I must admit I love a little puddle of fabric on the floor but it is a bit unpractical in high traffic areas!
Just NO highwater curtains! You know, curtains that just don’t quite reach the floor! A big NO-NO!
ASK YOURSELF THESE QUESTIONS
To give your window a lush look the curtains should be at least double the width of the window. This also depends on several factors so ask yourself…
- What is the main purpose of the curtains?
- Will they be opened and closed?
- Will they remain at either side of the window all the time?
- What is the fabric weight of the curtains?- Some lighter weight curtains might need another panel to make them look full.
There are so many scrumptious fabric for curtains today! Choose curtain fabric that works with the style and color palette of your room!
I must admit I’m loving linen curtains! Yes, they can be a tiny bit rumpled but that is part of the beauty of the look!
RINGS, TABS, POCKETS, AND MORE
It’s important to mention how curtains are attached to rods! Here are the most common ways to hang a curtain on a rod…
- Curtain Pockets- a casing at the top of the curtain that runs from one end to the other. The rod is threaded into the pocket and out the other end then gathered.
- Back Tab Curtain- instead of a casing, hidden tabs are sewn on the back of the curtain near the top and the curtain rod is threaded through them. This gives a neat pleated look
- Gromet or Eyelet Curtains- grommets are fixed near the top of the curtains and the curtain rod is threaded through them. They also give a neat pleated look.
- Tab Loop or Tie Curtains- loops are sewn to the top of the curtain at equal intervals. The rod is slipped through the tabs to hang the curtain. Or two ties are sewn to the top of the curtain and then the curtain is tied onto the curtain rod.
- Ring Curtain Clips- curtains are hung on clips that are attached to rings specifically sized to fit on a curtain rod. This adds 1 1/2 to 2 inches to the length of a curtain.
Many curtains with a pocket also have back tabs too! The curtains in my eating area do! And most curtains can be hung using ring clips as well.
I could have hung the dining area curtains with the pocket, back tabs or rings. But I decided on using the back tabs!
I love these pretty Pocket Curtains…
Great Ring Curtain Clip Curtains…
And pretty Back Tab Curtains…
You might like these Grommet Curtains…
Here are some handsome Tab Loop and Tie Curtains
Make sure you read 7 RULES FOR CHOOSING THE PERFECT CURTAIN. This post is loaded with lots of great tips and advice!
THE CURTAIN RODS
Now let’s talk practical jewelry! I look at a curtain rod like a piece of jewelry in the room that will give my decor a bit of sparkle or drama. But not so ostentatious that it steals the show!
Here are a few examples of nice curtain rods…
MATCHING CURTAIN RODS TO FABRIC
If your curtain is a heavy fabric like velvet or silk your rods should be a bit on the heavy side too! No skimpy curtain rods or other fixtures, please!
If your curtain fabric is is light like linen, sheer fabric or cotton then you want a rod that works with that weight. Nothing too heavy!
CURTAIN ROD SIZE
I get asked frequently about how long a curtain rod should be and what should be the width of the curtain on either side of the window.
Here’s an easy calculation for deciding how long the curtain rod should be for your window if it is hung on the wall to the sides of your windows…
window width to the outside of the frame + how far the curtain will be extended past the window (x 2)
The standard measurement of how wide a curtain should extend past the window casing is…
width of the window to the outside of the casing plus 4 to 10 inches.
My advice is to look at how much wall space you have on either side of the window and how full you want your window to be and then decide!
The white linen curtains extend 18 inches on either side of the window casing. Less than that, the curtains would have looked a bit narrow on the wall!
FINIALS AND HARDWARE
We talked about this earlier, but just to remind you, the curtain rod and hardware should complement the curtains.
CURTAIN ROD FINISHES
A rod and hardware should work with the rest of the room. If you have all brushed silver accents in a room you will probably want to hang brushed silver rods.
If, like me, you like to mix metals then pick on of the metals used in the room that compliments things like chains on a chandelier or metal on lamps.
And all the hardware used to hang curtains in a room should have the same finish and same look.
Let’s get practical before we talk about how pretty finials are.
When hanging curtains, especially if you are hanging them as close to the ceiling as possible, make your measurements to position the brackets WITH THE FINIALS ON!
Finials are often taller and wider than rods so if you are hanging curtains next to the ceiling you will want to consider how tall the finials are!
In the image above, Bobby is checking where to hang the curtain rod with the finial on before he drills holes in the wall!
Now, about the pretty! Finials add such a designer touch to your window treatments! Use finials that work with your decor. And use them to repeat elements in your room!
Here are some great finials…
Most curtain rods come with the hardware to attach it to the wall or window casings. But always double-check to make sure you have everything you need to do the job!
USE HEAVY DUTY ANCHORS
That being said, it might be a good idea to get heavy-duty anchors instead of the ones that come with your rod. They will hold a lot more weight when the brackets are screwed into them. This is a smart precaution! It is so frustrating to hang your beautiful curtains and have the brackets come away from the wall!
Bobby will always forego the anchors that come with rods and opt for a heavy duty type! They are way more secure!
SPECIALTY EXTENDABLE BRACKETS
Not all rod kits contain expandable rod brackets which allows you to decide how close or far away you want the curtain from the window casing and wall. This is a good investment!
I like my curtains to stand a little bit away from the window casing. Using an expandable rod bracket gives me the freedom to decide where my window treatments looks best.
Depending on how wide your window is you may have to add one, two or even three extendable brackets to help hold up your curtain rod!
Choose them to fit the size of your rod. And use the same finish.
If you want to open and close your curtains you need to look for extendable brackets that allow a curtain to be moved past them.
Here’s a super simple no-sew diy about how to make your own simple curtains without sewing! See SUPER EASY NO SEW CURTAIN DIY.
HANGING CURTAINS FINAL HELPFUL TIPS…
Here are just a few more helpful curtain hanging tips…
- Press your curtains before you hang them.
- Better yet, steam them once hung
- If a curtain is a bit short, try using ring curtain clips or add a border of trim to the bottom.
- Be on the lookout for gorgeous fabric that would coordinate with a room in your home to make curtains!
- Hang window as high and as wide as you can, it makes the window look larger.
- Layer curtains with blinds or shades.
- Measure twice before you drill a hole in your wall!
- Choose a curtain rod and finials that fit the curtain pockets, grommets, and tabs
- Make sure you are hanging the rod properly using these tips and the curtains look perfect on the rod!
Once you hang up curtains, voila! What a beautiful difference they make in any room!
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