The Do’s and Don’ts of Hanging Curtains
DO: Measure Your Windows Properly
Make sure you’re all primed and prepped for your curtain installation project by measuring your windows. This may seem easy, but being even an inch off can make an otherwise beautiful window treatment look messy. Better safe than sorry — read our How to Measure for Curtains guide to get it done right.
DON'T: Use Too Little Fabric
To really make an impact, curtains should be full and luscious, not thin and wimpy. If you don’t use enough fabric, your curtains will make a whimper instead of a bang. As a general rule, make sure the combined width of your curtain panels is at least twice the width of your window. Don’t take the chance. When it comes to curtain fabric, more is more.
DO: Use Curtain Rods That Are Wider Than the Window
DON'T: Choose the Wrong Curtain Length
Just like with curtain width, curtain length can make or break a window treatment. Curtains that are too short don’t display that carefully curated elegant look you were going for. There are a few curtain length styles to choose from, such as pooling and kissing. Pooling occurs when the ends of your curtains are resting in a “pool” of fabric on the floor. This means that your curtains will have to be longer. Kissing, on the other hand, occurs when your curtains are barely touching the floor.
DO: Choose the Right Hardware to Hang Your Curtains With
There’s more than one way to hang your curtains, so feel free to get creative. You don’t have to limit yourself to just curtain rings — drapery hooks are a great piece of hardware for any window treatment. If you’d like to learn more about hanging drapery hooks, read How to Hang Drapery Hooks. Or if you prefer curtain rings, take a look at our guide on How to Attach Round Rings on a Curtain.
DON'T: Hang the Wrong Curtains for Your Window Style
Yes, there is a huge variety of curtain styles, but there’s also a ton of window styles, too! Casement, bow, and bay windows are all commonly found in many houses. While it isn’t difficult to hang curtains on these window styles, it’s important to know how the process differs from standard windows. If you have a bay window in your home, read our guide on The 4 Best Ways to Hang Bay Window Curtains.
DO: Choose the Right Fabric
Fabric is a key part in the curtain installation process. While most fabrics can be hung the same way, certain heavier curtain fabrics, such as velvet or blackout curtains, might need a little more consideration. These may require double curtain rods. If you’re interested in hanging blackout curtains, take a look at our guide on How to Install Blackout Curtains.
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