Window treatments go a long way in making a room with minimum furnishings, attractive. Even if you invest in the premium quality fabrics or elegant styles, the difference won’t be noticeable. The way the drapes are hung including the hardware and size are the factors to consider. Go through the interior decor tips below to learn how curtains should be hung.
Keep These in Mind When Installing Curtain Rod
- Ceiling height
- Window style
- Window covering type
At What Height Should You Place the Rod?
- If your window trim is 1 foot away from the ceiling and you are using regular curtains that cover both sides of a window then hang it just between the ceiling and the outer edge of the window casing.
- You have to leave a minimum gap of 2 inches between the window casing and ceiling edges, irrespective of the room height.
- Even if the ceiling isn’t adequately high it can be made to appear so by mounting the curtain rods close to it.
- The same rule applies to arched windows also.
How Wide Should be the Drapes?
Window curtains of appropriate width visually expand the windows, thereby adding openness to the room.
- Maintain a distance of 4 to 10 inches between the entire rod length leaving the finials, and the window casing.
- The rod should be long enough to continue for at least 4 inches starting from the inner frame of the window, on it’s either side.
Customize the Curtain Size
If you don’t wish to tweak the rod installation measurements then get tailor-made drapes to fulfil the following criteria:
- The curtain length should not end above the floor since it gives an impression of a lower ceiling.
- Light fabrics such as sheer curtains allow light in while keeping the heat and your privacy in check. But to make them appear full, keep the window panels double the width of the window. That means, if there are two panels, each should possess the window’s width.
Appropriate Drapery Hardware
Curtain rods and finials are not solely equipment to hang window drapes but can be used as accessories too.
- The weight of the hardware must be chosen based on that of the curtain fabric such as a decorative and heavier rod for chenille or velvet.
- As for the material, the curtain rod must match any item or the hardware in that room. For instance, use a curtain rod with oil rubbed bronze finish to complement the wardrobe and door handles in the room made of the same metal.
- Finials on the ends of the curtain rod are functional accents that can quite have an impact on the room’s appearance. If you opt for larger pieces then adjust the heights accordingly while placing them.