A room never really feels complete until the windows are fully dressed. Curtains and window coverings add that beautiful, finished layer that can truly transform a space. Something as simple as a classic white linen curtain (our go-to) works every time. If you are on the hunt for quality window treatments, we previously covered all of our favorite online sources here.
Of course, finding the perfect drapery is only half of the equation. The other half is making sure to hang them properly. Things like calculating the fullness or figuring out how high to hang the rod all play a part. We’ve put together a quick guide to window curtain sizing and hanging methods to give you that quality designer look each and every time. See below for five design rules to getting your drapery style and sizing just right.
Always hang the rod as high as you can above the window frame to give your window (and room) a taller, grander appearance. A good rule of thumb is to go at least 4-6″ above the window frame if possible and 2 -3″ below the ceiling or crown molding.
No high-waters permitted in this bunch. When deciding on the length of your window curtains, aim to have the bottom graze the floor for a tailored look or a slight 1-2″ puddle for a more relaxed feel.
Maximize your view by leaving enough room to pull your curtains entirely off the window. If you can extend your rod roughly 4-6” beyond the window on each side, it will not only give the illusion of a larger, wider window but will leave enough room for an unobstructed view.
Go for a pleated style for a quality, elevated look that pairs well with drapery rings. There’s a huge selection of pleating options – our favorite style is a french pleat or pinch pleat panel. We also recommend choosing lined curtains that help the panels hang better and look more refined. Check out our round-up of the best online sources for great drapes to shop this classic, works-every-time look.
Fuller panels always look better. In order to achieve this look and ensure that drapes look ample even when closed, opt for panels that have a combined width of 2 to 2.5 times that of the window.
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Erin Lepperd is an interior designer – turned digital media editor with a penchant for breathtaking interiors. When she’s not gabbing about design, you’ll find her wrangling her wild and wonderful 5-year-old twins, brunching like it’s her job and exploring the wilds of New England as a California transplant.
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