At first glance, choosing new curtains and hanging them in your home may seem like an easy task. You just slide the curtains up on the rod, right? That’s the basic idea, but in reality it can get a little more complicated, especially if you also need to install the curtain rod. Fortunately, Moshell’s canceled the process of hanging the curtain on one case handy infographic. Check out the tips and infographic below and you will be able to call yourself an expert in the art of curtain hanging in no time.
- Choose your curtain type. Before you can even think about hanging curtains, you need to decide on a style. You will quickly find that there are many different varieties, including popular options such as grommet, tab-top, and cafe curtains. Cafe curtains Usually only cover the bottom of a window and add style while still letting light in. Grommet curtains are usually full length with rings at the top through which the rod passes. Curtains tab are similar but use a tab loop instead of a ring. Lots of people choose to add something too Flounces– Short pieces of fabric hanging over the curtains to cover and hide the window treatment hardware.
- Choose latitude and longitude. The flounces need to be just wide enough to cover the backs of windows, bars, and piles (the space the curtains take up when they are fully open). However, the curtains themselves should be about 2 to 2½ times the width of the window (or 3 times the width of the window for see-through curtains). The length of the flounces and café curtains can vary depending on the style. However, full length curtains should be about 4 to 6 inches larger than the distance between the rod and the bottom of the window.
- Choose your curtain rod. One of the most popular options is that classic rodthat is attached to the wall with brackets. You can also choose one Return bar, which is U-shaped and screws directly into the wall, or a pull barthat adapts to fit directly into a window frame. Tie rods are the cheapest option but can usually only support light window treatments like cafe curtains.
- Choose where you want to install your curtain rods. When hanging a valance, your curtain rod should be about 2 to 4 inches above the window frame, leaving enough room for the bottom of the valance to cover the top of the window frame. For grommet or tab curtains, hang the rod between 4 inches above the window frame and 6 inches above the ceiling. The higher you hang the rod, the bigger the room will be when you add the curtains. For café curtains, you should install the rod a little above the center of the window. Make sure you carefully measure and mark where you will install your rod so that it is straight.
- Hang up your curtains. If you have chosen a curtain rod with brackets, you need to fix the brackets in the wall with a drill in the places you have measured and marked. Once your brackets are in place, simply run the rod through the curtain pocket (either eyelets or tabs) and hang the rod on the brackets.
- Line your curtains. Valences don’t need to be hemmed, but for full-length curtains, hem the floor 4 to 6 inches so that the hem is below the floor of the threshold. Hanging your curtains closer to the floor will make you look elegant. However, be careful not to pull the curtains when opening and closing.