Tips for Hanging your Drapes
Hang ‘em High
One of the biggest and most common mistakes people make when hanging drapes is not hanging them high enough. It is ideal to hang your drapes no less than four inches and no higher than 12 inches above a window; doing so will give the illusion of a taller window, and a higher ceiling too. When drapes are hung on or just above a window frame, it can easily look cheap and unprofessional. Hanging your drapes high will always give a more elegant and stylish look to your window, even when you use more inexpensive drapes.
Just as hanging drapes high gives the illusion of greater height, extending your curtain rod to be wider than your window will create the illusion of width. Extending the pole at least three inches beyond each side of the window frame is a good width to shoot for. Doing this will also let you open the drapes enough to expose the entire window without having the drapes bunch up at the ends.
Have them Kiss the Floor
Opinions vary when it comes to drape length; some prefer to have them pool on the floor to create a more classical and romantic look, while others think they should hang just above the floor in order to make sweeping and mopping easier. It’s best to fall in the middle of these two extremes and have your drapes just touch, or “kiss” the floor. You can also have them buckle just 1 to 2 inches along the floor if you really want to go for a bit more of a romantic look.
Lined Drapes are your Best Friend
No matter what type of drapes you are hanging, custom or not, you should always make sure they are lined. Lined drapes hang much better and they also look more expensive. With lined drapes, you can get a stylish, straight-hanging look every time.
Drapery Rings are always a Good Idea
Though not always necessary, drapery rings can give your drapes a stylish, finished look. This is great for a more formal setting, as it will make your drapes look more expensive. A more informal room, however, does not require drapery rings in order to look great.
You’ve worked hard designing a beautiful interior, so it pays to not make any mistakes when it comes to hanging your beautiful new drapes. Follow these tips and your drapery will look flawless!