Panel curtains hung from funky, rustic or simple rods are all the rage. The perfect way to create a sleek look on any budget, curtains with round rings work on any size windows as well as French doors. To hang yours perfectly, check out these tips.
Measure Your Windows
The first step, of course, is to the measure the height and width of your window. To increase the illusion of height in your space, choose window treatments that trail beneath your sills. For a more conservative look, use panels only long enough to stretch from the rod to the sill. In terms of width, traditional pinch pleat drapes should match the width of your window as closely as possible. Pocket curtains can precisely mirror the width for spare coverage or exceed it to create lush folds and waves.
With flat panels, match the width for basic coverage. Boost privacy by pairing sheers with black-out panels, or explore your whimsical side by mixing and matching different colors, hanging them next to each other or creating layered looks.
Select Your Rod
Whether you're drawn to mid-mod fashions, Art Deco designs, coastal themes, or Asian-influenced decor, opt for a rod that complements your window treatments. Pair deep colors with wooden curtain rods, funky designs with metal, or sophisticated patterns with rods featuring elegant glass or brass finials.
To use round rings, you need a rod for rings to slip over, rather than a rail featuring a track for rings to run through. The rod should cover the width of the window with a couple extra inches on each side for hanging hardware. Once you have the rod, attach the hanging hardware to either side of the window as well as the center support, if applicable, but do not hang the rod yet.
Figure Out Which Rings Match Your Curtains
Curtain ring clips work the best with flat panels, but they also work with rod pocket curtains. Flatten the pocket, and secure the clips to the top edge of the panel. Alternatively, use clips to hang Bohemian tapestries, swatches of fun fabric hemmed along the edges, or even re-purposed sheets over your windows. Panels with grommets require rings that can open, slip through the grommets, and snap closed. You can also slide the grommets directly over the rod. With pinch pleat drapes, opt for eyelet rings, which feature hooks to connect to pin-on drapery hooks.
Understand the Implications of Ring Size
Whether you opt for curtain ring clips, eyelet rings, or basic round rings, they need to be able to slip easily back and forth over your rod. Ideally, the ring should be at least 1/2 inch larger than the diameter of your rod. If you fall in love with a ring that only exceeds the diameter of your rod by a 1/4 inch , it can work, but note that smaller rings don't glide as easily along the rod.
Attach Rings to Window Treatments
Whether you are hanging sheer panels or heavy drapes, dispersing weight evenly is key. With pinch pleat drapes, count the pleats, and disperse rings evenly every second or third pleat.
If using round rings with clips, devote seven to 10 clips to each panel. Spread the panel out, and measure its width. Take the number of clips you have minus one, divide into panel width, and space the clips accordingly. For example, with a 70-inch panel and eight clips, divide 70 by seven to get 10 inches. Place the first clip on the panel's edge, and position the remaining clips every 10 inches.
Hang, Enjoy, and Complement
When the rings are in place, remove the finial from one end of the rod. Slip the rings over the rod, and replace the final. Slot the rod into its hanging hardware, tighten to hold the rod in place, and enjoy. Finally, start shopping for home decor to complement your new window treatments.