Here is Your Step-by-Step Guide to Hanging Curtains
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Hanging Curtains: A Step-by-Step Guide
Curtains may seem like a last-minute touch in the space, but they actually play a much bigger role. Curtains determine how much light will enter your space, and their color and texture can complement or detract from the style of the room. Curtains should hang properly and the way they hang gives your space a more informal or formal feel.
Before you get too overwhelmed by the details of the curtains, let's discuss the correct way to hang curtains and how the right curtains can make your space look better and brighter than it already is.
Step 1: Measure Your Window
Before starting your curtain shopping spree, make sure you know the size of your windows. Measure their length and width and don't assume that curtains are a one-size-fits-all situation. While most curtains are quite adaptable in terms of size, you don't want to get stuck with curtains that are too small or too large.
Also, make sure you know the width of the top of your windows, where the brackets and the bar will be. If your window has a thick frame, include it in your measurements so that you can purchase a bar that is wide enough.
Step 2: Find the Perfect Curtain
Time to go to the store and freak out over the curtains. While you're there, consider the type of curtain your room needs, and don't go for a window covering unless it works.
When choosing shades, you must first consider the practicalities. I ask: what does my client want? Privacy, light, glare control, or just aesthetic consideration?
Double-check the length and width of the curtain and remember that while a curtain may be folded, it is much more difficult to lengthen it.
The color of the curtain is also important - if you want the curtains to blend in with the background, choose neutral colors or colors that match the décor of the rest of your space. If you are looking for something more attractive, play with textures and fun layers.
Types of Curtains
It goes without saying that not all curtains are the same. Thanks to the different materials and cuts, some curtains work better than others. Here's a 411 on the different types of curtains and where they will work best in your space.
- Room Darkening Curtains: These thick and often dark-colored curtains are great for blocking out light and excess sound. They work well in rooms that need to be quiet, such as bedrooms and nurseries, but they also bring a unique utilitarian look with them. Heated curtains and blackout curtains do similar things.
- Sheer Curtains: Usually made from voile or other semi-sheer fabric, sheer curtains help filter light while letting in plenty of sunlight and maintaining privacy. These blinds are perfect for environments where natural light is important, such as the living room or dining room.
- Cafe Curtains: Cafe curtains are lovely mini curtains that only cover the bottom half of the window. They are typically made from semi-sheer fabrics and are professional at providing privacy where it is needed most. Coffee curtains work best in bathrooms or kitchens.
Step 3: Gather Your Supplies
Before you start hanging your curtains, make sure you have everything you need. In addition to the curtains, you will need some type of curtain rod and brackets to install them. You'll also want any tools or hardware needed to install the blinds, and using a level and ladder can also help.
Step 4: Install Brackets
Use a pencil and tape measure to find out where the curtain brackets should be; If your curtain brackets come with instructions, now is a good time to use them. Use your level to make sure the brackets are not crooked. Position the brackets a few inches outside the window frames so that the curtains, when open, do not block natural light.
If your brackets don't line up with any studs in the wall, install dowels before drilling any holes. If you don't, the curtains will most likely fall off the wall.
How High Should My Curtains Be?
Time to find Curtain Hanging Goldilocks - not too high, not too low. A curtain rod that hangs too high will lead to curtains that are too short, leaving an uncomfortable floor space. Hanging too low will make your window look smaller than it is and will lead to an excessive amount of curtains on the floor.
Instead, aim for a curtain rod that hangs 4 to 6 inches above the window frame. And don't forget to buy a curtain rod a few inches wider than the window on both sides. Together, these design options will make your window appear larger than it is and will let in a lot of light into your space.
Of course, you can further customize your curtains. There are three great ways to hang curtains: the float, the kiss, and the puddle. 'The float' means that you hang the curtains so that they float an inch or more above the floor. The 'kiss' way of hanging the curtains means that the curtains barely touch the floor. 'The puddle' means that your curtains are hung so that they intentionally fall to the floor; This is a great option if your curtains are made from the high-quality fabric that you want to display.
Step 5: Finally, Hang Your Curtain Rod and Curtains
After installing the brackets, thread the curtains over the curtain rod with grommets or clips. Make sure you have enough curtains as well - although a 42 "wide curtain will cover a 42" window, it will look stretchy and uncomfortable doing so. It is better to have two curtains per window.
Make sure to always add at least 2x the width of the panel to create a feeling of fullness. There is nothing worse than thin curtain panels on a long pole. You can do this using custom curtains or multiple pre-made curtain panels.
Once the curtains are attached to the curtain rod, hang the rod on the brackets according to the manufacturer's instructions. And with that, you have a perfectly cut window.
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Source: By Sophia Lee
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