Curtains are an easy way to give your personal interior-design touch to your home. They can alter a room completely. For example, most of you would agree that a room feels empty without window treatments. But what would you say if you put up a curtain pole and hang curtains the wrong way? Believe it or not, there’s a right way to hang your curtains.
Let’s say that you are a true DIYer and have already created your own curtains! Decorating your house isn’t such an easy task, and it is affected by many factors. You can find several design ideas on how to decorate your living room, decorate bedroom walls, or dress a bay window. A simple way to boost your home decor is using curtains. But are you sure you know how to hang them? Ready to learn all you need to know? Let’s dive in!
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Why is it important to hang curtains the right way
Hanging curtains the right way is essential as it can boost the overall look of a room and even affect its size, especially if it’s a small one. There are many tips you can follow to make a room look bigger. One tip is all about curtains and how they can make the room look taller.
How? By hanging the curtain rod higher than the usual. If you hang the curtain exactly on top of the window frame, it will make your space look smaller. But by placing it a few centimetres higher, you’ll have amazing results.
By hanging your curtains the right way, you will:
- make your room look bigger
- have a lighter room
- make your windows look bigger
- give your room personality
- make your room look tidier
All about measurements
Now you know why it’s important to hang your curtains the right way. So, run to the stores and get your new curtains. But before you buy new ones, there’s a step you need to follow which you cannot get around! You should measure! What?
- You should measure the width of your window.
- Measure the width of each curtain panel.
- You should measure the curtain length.
The width of the window frame
Based on the width of the window frame, you’ll decide the width of the pole. Generally speaking, the rod width should be 20cm to 30cm longer than the window. However, you should leave 10cm to 15cm more rode out of each side of the window. These few centimetres will allow you to widely open your curtain without covering your window at all. As a result, you’ll take advantage of full light into the room. Plus, it creates the illusion of a bigger room and windows without blocking your view.
The rod height
There isn’t a rule where to position the rod. It depends mainly on the type of window covering (whether you have blackout curtains or pinch pleat curtains) and the height of the ceiling. You can, though, mount it anywhere you want, between half to two thirds between the top of the window and the ceiling. You can even mount it 2cm below the ceiling moulding. Pay attention, though, to small detail. If the moulding is far from the window trim, hanging your curtain underneath the moulding will look strange.
However, hanging curtains between moulding and window gives the impression of a taller room. As a plus, all the curtain fabrics will fall smoothly.
The curtain width
The window width will also determine the with of the curtain panel. Usually, curtains are 1.5x to 2.5x times the window width.
The length of the curtain
Finally, the height of the rod will determine the curtain’s length, which is at least the distance between the pole and the floor. Yet, you should add some extra centimetres for hemming and the header. For example, if your curtains are with rod pockets, they’ll hang shorter than ones with grommets or tab tops. So, to stay on the safe side, add 10 to 35 more centimetres.
When it comes to hanging curtains and drapes, there are 4 styles to follow, which even interior designers consider.
- The puddle way. It’s probably the best style for a window curtain. To achieve this style, you should let your curtains “pool“ on the floor. Then, while measuring your curtain’s length, add 5 to 10cm to the panel.
- The break puddle style: It’s the same idea as the puddle. However, to get this look, you should add 1.2 to 2.5 cm extra fabric. The curtain will break as it touches the floor.
- The “Kissing the floor” style: It’s likely the hardest one, as you need to be exact while measuring from the rod. The finishing touches of your curtain panels are lightly touching the floor.
- The floating way: That’s the ideal style for those who can’t stand watching their curtain touching the floor. The curtain sits 1.5cm above it.
How to hang a curtain pole step-by-step
Once you have done all the needed measurements and have your drapery on hand, you can install the rod on the wall. Depending on the curtain you have, you need the appropriate pole. For example, if you have a curtain of sheer fabric, you’re going to need a slim rod.
What you need to hang a pole properly:
- A curtain rod
- Rod brackets
- Drill bit
- Wall anchors (optional)
- Laser level or level
- Tape measure
The first and important step is to measure the width and the height of the rod. Next, place the rod in the desired place, and with a pencil, mark the holes for the brackets. Once you have determined where to mount it, follow the below step-by-step instructions to hang your curtain pole.
- Put a drill bit into your drill and drill the pilot holes in the marked spots on the wall.
- Hang a bracket. If you have a heavy rod, install a wall anchor.
- Now, you can add the rod to the first bracket. Next, place the second bracket, but before drilling, use the level to make sure that the rod is straight. Then, if it’s necessary, add a third bracket too.
Voila!! Your curtain rod is set!
How to hang your curtains
It’s time to hang your curtains!
- Curtain rings
- Drapery hooks (optional)
Things are pretty easy. You don’t need to do much:
- Start by adding the curtain rings onto the rod.
- If you have a pencil pleat curtain, add a curtain hook to each pleat and hook the curtain to the rings. But if you have an eyelet curtain, slide it onto the rod.
Extra tip: If you’re using rings, place one ring between the finial and the bracket to hold the curtains while using them.
The DOs and the DON’Ts
Curtains can complete home decor and change the look of a room, but they can also ruin it. That’s why there are some DOs and DON’Ts we all better follow.
- Be generous with the fabric. Curtains should be between 1.5x to 2.5x times the width of the window. Use as much as you can to make your curtain look abundant.
- Hang your drapery up high. Mount the pole close to the ceiling. It’s the best you can do if you want your window to look taller.
- Choose the right fabric. Opt for fabrics that match the rest of the room and are practical, depending on your needs. For example, if you want some privacy, choose blackout curtains, especially in the bedroom.
- Don’t get limited. Choose a rod that’s wider than your window. This way, you’ll have enough space for the panels on each side of the window. It also creates the illusion that the window is larger than it really is.
- Don’t get too short a curtain. The rule of the thumb is the fabric reaches the floor. Hence, have curtains that follow either the puddle, “kissing the floor“, or the floating style.
Having said all the above, you can now hang your curtains and rods the right way and watch your house change for the better. You don’t need an interior designer to tell you how to install them. You can now DIY. It’s very simple. All you need to is measure, drill, and then hang the rod and the curtain. What are you waiting for?