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Where should you hang your curtains: A practical guide to finding your perfect fit

Where should you hang your curtains: A practical guide to finding your perfect fit

Curtains make a big impact in any room’s decor, adding both style and function. However, you may be having a hard time deciding where exactly you should hang your new curtains. This is especially important to factor in when you are measuring for custom drapes. So, here is a comprehensive guide to help you hang your curtains perfectly.

Consider the height 

One of the most common mistakes people make when hanging curtains is placing the rod too low. We usually recommend hanging your curtains at ceiling height - whether you mount on your wall or even directly onto your ceiling. This is especially used for curtain tracks. This will create the most dramatic effect and make your space feel bigger. Alternatively, you could hang your rod about 2/3 or halfway between your window frame and ceiling. This should land at least 4-6 inches above your frame.


Consider the width

When it comes to the width, extending the rod beyond the window frame can make your windows appear large and allow more natural light to come in. A good rule of thumb is to extend the rod 6-12 inches on either side. If you space allows for it, you should even go wall to wall for an even bigger impact.


Finding the perfect length 

The length of your curtains will impact the overall look of your space, so it is very important to consider.


Floor-Length: Curtains that just touch the floor will create a polished and elegant look. It is the most common length, especially in living rooms and bedrooms.


Puddling: If you want your space to feel more luxurious, consider puddling the curtains by extending them 1-3 inches onto the floor. This is quite popular in more formal settings.


Sill-Length: If long curtains are impractical, like in kitchens and bathrooms, sill-length curtains might be a good option. These should hang just above or below the window sill.


Practical tips:

  • Use a level to make sure your rod or track is straight during the installation.
  • Use appropriate anchors and the included hardware to suppor the weight of your curtains, especially for heavy fabrics.
  • Measure twice, drill once. You don’t want to be adding unnecessary holes to your walls!


Remember, the right curtains can make a significant difference in your space, so take the time to hang them properly and enjoy the beautiful results. As always, we’re here to help if you need guidance on your curtain choice or measurements.

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