Hang Curtains the Right Way

Basic Tutorial on How to Hang Curtains

Hang curtains and give a complete look to your home. Curtains/drapes can turn a simple room into an awesome one. They are available in many colour, design, texture and pattern. Curtains not only add beauty but also help in maintaining privacy, controlling the temperature and entry of light into your house.

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We all love to hang curtains but here are a few common mistakes that we all make. So, let us learn the right way to hang curtains today. Here are some basic things that you need to know before dressing your windows and doors.

How to Hang Curtains
Both windows are of same size. The right image shows correct way to hang curtains.

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1. Make sure you buy curtain rods that extend 3 to 6 inches beyond the window frame on each side. This way the curtains will not cover your windows and allow lots of air and light into your room. This makes the window seem larger and the room less cramped.

2. Hang curtains 4 to 6 inches above the window frame. This will draw the eyes up and make the ceiling appear higher. If you have a low ceiling you can hang curtains halfway between the top of the window and the ceiling. Or, you can even go all the way to the ceiling to make the room higher and bigger.

How to Hang Curtains Courtesy of Window Curtain

3. Once you have installed the rod, measure the length of the curtain. Never go for short curtains, see to it that they touch the ground.

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To get a crisp clean look keep it 0.5 inch above the ground. For a more casual feel, let the curtains float down past the floor by 2 to 3 inches. And, for a formal or romantic look, puddle your curtains on the floor; just add 4 to 6 inches to your measurement.

4. Curtains that merely meet the end seem a bit weird and can jeopardize the entire look. Go for fuller curtains; keep the curtains 2 to 2.5 times more than the width of your window. For example, if the width of your window is 4 feet in width, then get curtains that are 8 to 10 feet wide.

How to Hang CurtainsCourtesy of Anna Lattimore Interior Design

5. Don’t spoil the look by hanging wrinkled curtains. Most of us assume that the curtains will get unwrinkled after a few days but it seldom happens. Keep the mess away, always iron or steam the curtains before hanging them.

6. It’s important that you pay attention to the hardware. Don’t go for sub-standard hardware; add extra support where ever required. Make sure it matches the style, decor and furnishing of your room. Use large, bulky rods for heavy curtains and light rods for sheer curtains.

7. Every room has a unique personality. A bedroom is different from living room, a bathroom is nowhere near to the kitchen. So, how can you hang the same curtain all over your house? Decorating each room with the same type of curtains defeats the very purpose of this accessory. Go for different curtains for different rooms.

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