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A Guide on Proper Curtain Hanging

Curtains are an essential part of every home – they block light, keep unwanted noises out, and contribute to the overall aesthetic of a room. Homeowners everywhere have realized the importance of this functional and fashionable home décor item, and many have also come to the conclusion that hanging curtains is a lot harder than it may seem.

If you’re moving out on your own for the first time or simply want to replace the dingy curtains that have served their purpose in your space for far too long, you’re in luck because today’s blog is all about the do’s and don’ts of curtain hanging!

Young woman hanging curtain

The Measurements

Do: Take thorough measurements of your window and the space around it. This includes measuring the length of the window, the height of the window, and the space from your floor to the top of your window frame.

Don’t: Wing it and hope for the best. Proper curtain hanging requires precision, measurements, and a good understanding of the space you’re working with. You’ll actually save yourself a lot of time in the long run if you just commit to taking measurements early on.

window measurements

The Template

Do: Use a simple template as a guide to ensure you hang your curtain rod at the appropriate height on both ends of the window. Even just a homemade cardboard template will do the trick!

Don’t: Eyeball where you think your curtain rods should go. If you do this, it’s more likely than not that you’ll end up with a crooked rod.

The Fabric

Do: Take both aesthetic and function into consideration when choosing the fabric of your curtain. In general, blackout curtains are good if you want to be able to control the brightness of your room, have an optimal amount of privacy, and keep the heat or cool air trapped inside (depending on the season, of course). If you want to let a bit of sunshine in and have a stellar street view, sheer curtains may be the best option for you.

Don’t: Pick a curtain purely based a cool pattern or eye-catching colours, you’ll end up regretting it once you realize it isn’t suited to your lifestyle or your space!

choosing fabric for curtain

The Length of Curtain

Do: Make use of the measurements you’ve taken from the floor to the top of the window frame and get a curtain that stops just shy of hitting the floor.

Don’t: Pick out curtains that are too short for the window. Curtains are supposed to end a little under an inch from the floor, and if they don’t, they just look off.

The Amount of Fabric

Do: Select curtains that have fullness to them even when they’re completely closed. A general rule of thumb is that the combined width of the curtains should be about 2-2.5 times the width of the window.

Don’t: Settle for curtains that just touch when they are closed. They simply don’t look as good, and the little gap of light that will inevitably come through is an annoyance you don’t want to deal with.

The Placement of the Curtain Rod

Do: Hang your curtain rod as high as you possibly can. The higher up the curtain rod, the taller your window will appear. If you can hang your curtain rod 6 inches above your window frame without compromising the space between the bottom of the curtain and the floor, do it!

Don’t: Hang your curtain rod just above the window frame. You’ll run the risk of having curtains that puddle all over the floor.

The Length of the Curtain Rod

Do: Pick out a curtain rod that is wider than the width of your window. The curtain rod should be wide enough that the inner edges of the curtain cover the window frame, but not the glass when open.

Don’t: Select a curtain rod that is too narrow. Your window will look much smaller than it actually is and cracks of sunlight may stream through.

Curtain rod

Why Drapery Curtain Rods

Buying your curtain rods and drapery hardware at Drapery Curtain Rods is a definite do! Drapery Curtain Rods is Canada’s ultimate online decorative drapery hardware superstore with a huge assortment of curtain rods, finials, hold backs, rings, brackets, elbows, rod connectors, sconces, and much more. Contact us today and hang your curtains the right way!