How to Hang Curtains Correctly
Well-chosen curtains can significantly improve your interior by making it look bigger and filling it with “air” and light. But you should follow a few simple rules.
5-Minute Crafts would like to tell you about what you should take into account when installing a curtain rod and hanging curtains.
1. Fix the curtain rod as close to the ceiling as possible.
The more long vertical lines you have in the room, the more elongated it will look. You can achieve this effect with the help of curtains hanging from just below the ceiling. Moreover, this will help to make the room look larger, in addition to the window the rod is installed above.
2. Use a rod that is wider than your window.
When fixing the rod, it’s important to take its width into account. It should be wider than the window by 6-12 inches. This will make the window visually larger.
3. Consider the length of the curtains.
Curtains look their best if they are either slightly above the floor (no more than 0.5 inches), or pool on the floor. 1-2 inches of fabric on the floor will be enough.
A little trick: If your curtains are not long enough, you can use special pins on the rings. They will add the necessary inches to the length.
4. Give preference to custom-made curtains.
Despite the variety of ready-made curtains on the market, it’s better to give preference to custom-made ones.
- First, thanks to this, the curtains will fit perfectly into the interior, as the length will sufficiently reach the floor or pool a bit, and the drapery will be neatly and evenly distributed over the entire width.
- Second, only professionals will be able to take into account all the characteristics of the fabric used: arrange the folds in a beautiful manner and make all the connecting seams and the bottom of the curtains look neat. This way, even curtains made of cheap fabric will enhance your interior.
5. Consider the color and fabric of the curtains.
All elements of your interior should match each other, including the materials, colors, and textures. When choosing curtains, it’s important to keep this in mind and choose only what will complement the look of your room.
If you want to completely isolate the room from daylight, opt for blackout fabrics. Thanks to special technology, curtains made of these fabrics will block more than 90% of light.
2 windows on the wall
2 windows on the wall can be decorated in several ways:
- A single long rod: In this case, you can use either a single curtain across the entire width of the rod, or divide the fabric into 2 narrow curtains on the ends of the rod, leaving a wide part in the center. Whichever option you choose, it’s important to take into account the fact that the wall-to-wall drapery will make the room look smaller, so this option is good for large spaces.
- Combining solutions: If you plan to put some furniture next to one of the windows, then using long curtains next to it will be impractical. Therefore, this window can be decorated with Roman blinds, and ordinary long curtains can be used on the other window. However, if you want your interior to look balanced, you should hang Roman blinds on the second window too.
- Symmetric design: Another option is the independent design of each window. It can be both long curtains and blinds or Roman blinds. This method leaves the wall between the windows free, allowing it to be used as additional space.
If you are a happy owner of panoramic windows, there are several options for you:
- Sheer curtains: These curtains will let in maximum light but, at the same time, hide what is happening in the area from the prying eyes of neighbors.
- Blinds: The main advantage of this option is the ability to control the level of light in the room. Blinds can be easily attached to any surface — glass, walls, or ceiling— so you’ll have no problem with their installation. Another advantage is their easy maintenance. They don’t need to be washed or ironed, it’s just enough to wipe them with a damp cloth.
- Roller blinds: This option is somewhat similar to the previous one but has a number of unique features. For example, by using roller blinds, you can completely block light, if necessary. Also, roller blinds don’t absorb moisture, nor do they attract dust.
Bay windows alone look like a work of art. However, you can make them even more beautiful with the help of curtains.
- A flexible rod: You can easily mimic the shape of the window with it. You can also use 3 separate short rods above each part of the bay window. The advantage of these methods is that you can easily open and close windows whenever you like.
- A rod in front of the bay window: This option is ideal if there is a place for work or rest in the window area. With the help of curtains, you can visually separate this space from the rest of the room. All you need to do is hang curtains on both sides of the window.
Dormer windows let in the maximum amount of daylight. However, this advantage has a downside — a room with such windows can become unbearably hot in summer. Curtains can save you in this situation.