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How-To: Hang Curtains

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Hanging drapery is often the finishing touch a room needs to give off a polished look. But beyond that, the smallest difference in length can also make a drastic difference. That said, you should always take measurements before you buy any curtains, and if you must, just buy the longest size and alter them later. Hear a few tricks of the trade that can work wonders on any room when you


  • If your ceilings are short (or average), hanging your curtains high will make your room appear taller. Sometimes just a half a foot will do the trick, while in other rooms you'll need to hang your curtain rods all the way near the ceiling. You just have to play with it. And, remember that curtain tabs add extra length.
  • The typical rule of thumb for curtain length is to have them hit the floor. But slightly longer curtains that bunch at the floor will add texture and a little flair to a room. In kitchens and bathrooms, where your floors are high-traffic and mess magnets, if your windows are small, it's standard to have your curtains hit the window sill.
  • If you're lacking in the light department, buy an extra long rod. This way, when your curtains are open and pushed back, they won't conceal the window but they'll still give it a polished look. This is also a good idea for curtains that are merely decorative.
  • If your curtains are store-bought, you don't have many decisions to make. But if you're having custom curtains made, I recommend having a professional come by to take your measurements. Sometimes a more narrow curtain will give your room a tall and lean look, while wider, billowing fabric can give it a casual, elegant vibe; this is why having your drapery custom-made can really pay off!
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hippiecowgirl hippiecowgirl 8 years
Great tips. We desperately need new curtains.
bplane bplane 8 years
i've been looking for some patterned/printed curtains that are reasonably priced and need some help. i love the anthropologie ones but they are too expensive. any ideas on where to look???
aimeeb aimeeb 8 years
I like to have mine stop just before or a few inches above the floor, no gathering on the floor for me esp with cats.
Pegona Pegona 8 years
Mmm, I like those Anthropologie curtains shown in the picture. Too expensive for me, but they match my decor perfectly. Pretty.
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