A Quick Guide on How to Hang Your Precious Draperies
Here Are the Things You Need to Keep in Mind Before Hanging Your Draperies
Incorrect Measurement: Before attempting to hang your curtains, measure your windows. Check the adjustments as well. Save your trip to the drapery store by matching the rod size with the size of the curtain.
Low Hanging Drapes: What happens when you hang the curtains too low? The style clashes and the room won’t look good. If you hang them right at the ceiling then they make the room look taller. Hang the cloth coverings at least five inches above the window casing and three inches wider than the current window width.
Short Curtains: Never go for short drapes instead ensure that your cloth coverings reach the floor for a more cohesive look and elegant feel.
Don’t Avoid Ironing: Fabric window curtains by themselves get naturally wrinkled over long periods. When you don’t maintain them well, they can look messy and disorganized. To avoid that, make sure that your curtains are periodically ironed and steamed for a clean, neat appearance.
Don’t Overlook the Curtain Mechanisms: Figure out how light or heavy your drapes are. On occasion, you may need another curtain rod depending upon your need – which might be more hardware or more support. Additionally, connect the style of your drapes with the design of the finial and rod for a complete look.
Window Curtains: What About Fabric and Color?
Prints and Patterns: Always opt for solid colored drapes if your room furnishings are patterned. And if your room furnishings are of a solid color then go for patterned curtains. Dots can bring in a subtle level of energy. If you want to be daring, then opt for boldly designed drapes.
Color: First figure out whether you want an overall neutral color theme or a décor style that will pop. For blending purposes, select darker-toned drapes than the wall color. To add a vibrant feel to your room, choose bold colors. Blue curtains in the room can give an eerie vibe, so avoid them. Instead, select pink tones for a cheery disposition.
Texture: Consider the mood of your interiors before selecting the composition of the curtain fabric: select velvet or silk drapes for formality. Cotton sateen and rayon blends offer practicality. For a neat, chic look go for cotton drapes. Linen curtains give off a very casual look.
How Long Should Curtains Be?
First things first, take the measurements from the ground up and then estimate a round of value of the curtains. Common panel lengths are between 63-144 inches. Go for long curtains as they are ideal for a classy touch to your interiors. They can hover an inch above the floor, or they can touch the floor. Don’t go for short ones as they look off. For a romantic feel or a formal exaggerated outlook, go for a pool of six inched fabric on the floor. But they require lots of maintenance and upkeep.
How Wide Should Curtains Be?
Whenever you close the drapes, they should appear ample in terms of aesthetic quality. How do you achieve this? By having a combined width of two times the window width. There are exceptions to this rule. For example, if you do not want to draw the drapes shut. The width can be one and a half times the actual diameter of the window. Moreover, for pleated panels, their width more or less should match the existing cover span of the window as their panels have in-built fullness.
What About the Top?
The curtain heading is also known as the hemmed top of the curtain. It aids in completing the entire look of your décor. Be it informal or traditional, soft or sophisticated, it has an essential role in functionality – sliding off the panels. Here are some options to take into account:
Primary Heading, with Hooks: The most effortless setup of a drape is the basic heading with hooks. Here the top hem is stitched to the curtain rings for smooth movement. Look-wise it appears as a conventional heading that is flat with no frills. Sometimes the heading is secured on to the rod with the help of drapery hooks.
Tab-Top Heading: In a tab-top curtain hem, the loops where the drapes move are made out of cloth or fabric. These types of curtain headings gave a more casual and relaxed look and paired with a few bows provide an air of romance to your interiors.
Pleated Headings: With pleated headings, the panels are more structured and therefore give a formal vibe. The mode of operation is drapery styled rings and hooks. There are so many styles, such as flat box pleats, narrow/wide pleats, and more.
Rod-Pocket Heading: In this kind of drape top hem, the fabric appears gathered. That’s because of the channel at the top that keeps the rod intact. This gives a casual feel to your living spaces. This is an excellent choice for your drapes as your hanging window coverings are not going to move anywhere from where they were originally positioned.
What Type of Curtain Rod Should I Use?
Curtain rods, in general, are one of the decorative elements in hanging window treatments. They help complement the style of the window attachment and complete the look of your interiors. There a few options to consider:
Classic Rod: It is a pole that can be easily adjusted and is attached to the wall with the help of brackets. If you want to layer the drapes with let’s say sheer curtains, then go for a double rod system.
Return Rod: This type of rod is in the shape of the letter-U, and it is directly screwed into the wall. For light-blocking purposes, you can wrap panels around the curved edges.
Track Rod: This kind of rod can be attached to the ceiling or the wall. It is called a track rod because of the pulleys located inside the track and the drapes attached to them so that they can move seamlessly.
Tension Rod: Tension rods are cheaper than the above three rods and less durable too. They are mounted inside the frame of the window with zero mechanisms. The easiest drapery option and it is suitable only for light panels or café styled curtains.
Do I Need a Tiebacks?
There are multiple ways to pull apart the curtains so that it remains in position. You can use rosettes and finish it off with a curtain rod in similar themes and color schemes. If you mount the curved metal peg two-thirds down from the window frame, it gives access to the curtains to be separated from the middle. As a result, there is an overall neat swoop of the drapes. Or for a casual look use a grosgrain ribbon and tie the drapes bang in the center. Make sure the curtains match the color scheme of the ribbon. For a grander look try out fabric tiebacks or fancy tasseled ropes.
Don’t call it curtains just yet
Whenever a custom window drape is hung in an ideal manner, it can affect the space entirely. The whole vibe and aura of that specific room changes. That is the power of a potential window cloth attachment. It should never be underestimated. So, if you want to ante up the environment for a good night’s sleep, then consider installing blackout drapes. And if you desire a luxurious setup for the living room, then choose velvet curtains. For a formal setting in the dining area, select heavyweight drapes (i.e., drapes with thicker fabrics). For a playful atmosphere in your child’s room, go for roller shades.
Whatever you decide, make sure that each window dressing goes with your budget, environment, and style of your interiors so that there is a cohesive look. Look again at the window treatments as mentioned above to add some allure, chicness, elegance, and functionality to your haven. Even after visiting multiple drape/curtain stores and you still, haven’t found the right one yet – don’t give up! That perfect fabric, drape, or curtain is right around the corner. Just keep your head straight and your heart alert, and you will find it. Good luck.