At a glance, it seems that choosing new curtains and hanging them in your home should be a direct activity. You just slide the curtains onto the cane, right? That’s the main idea, but in reality it can get a lot more complicated, especially if you need to install the curtain rod as well. Fortunately, Moshell ' s broke down the process of hanging the curtain in a handy infographic . Check out the tips and infographic below, and in no time you’ll be calling yourself an expert in the art of hanging curtains.
- Choose the type of your curtain. Before you can even think about hanging curtains, you need to decide on a style. You’ll quickly learn that there are many variations out there, including popular options like the grommet, tab top, and café curtains. Cafe curtains are usually covered only with the bottom part of a window, adding style while still letting go. Grommet curtains are usually full length and have rings at the top through which the rod passes. The curtain tabs on the tab are identical, but use a tab loop instead of a ring. Many people also choose to add [valentary —short pieces of cloth that hang over the top of curtains to cover and hide window treatment hardware.
- Select width and length. Valances need to be wide enough to cover the window, cane, and back curtains (the space occupied by the curtains when they are fully opened). The curtains themselves, however, should be 2 to 2 ½ times the width of the window (or 3 times the width of the window for thin curtains). The length of café valance and curtains can vary depending on what type of style you’re going for, but full curtains should be about 4 to 6 inches more than the distance between the rod and the base of the window.
- Choose your curtain rod. One of the most popular options is the classic rod wall -mounted with brackets. You can also choose a return rod U -shaped and screws directly into the wall, or a tension rod that is adjusted to fit directly inside a window frame. Tension curtains are the cheapest option, but can often only be supported by lightweight window treatments such as cafe curtains.
- Choose where to install your curtains. If you are hanging a balance, you will want your curtain to be about 2-4 inches above the window frame, leaving enough room for the bottom of the balance to cover the top of the window frame. For grommet or tab upper curtains, hang the rod anywhere from 4 inches above the window frame to 6 inches from the ceiling. The higher you hang the rod, the higher the room will look once you add the curtains. In café curtains, you will want to install the rod slightly above the center of the window. Be sure to carefully measure and mark where you will install your cane so that it is straight.
- Hang your curtains. If you choose a curtain rod with brackets, you will need to use a drill to secure the brackets to the wall at the points you measured and marked. Once your brackets are installed, simply insert the rod through the curtain pocket (either the grommets or tab top) and hang the shaft on the brackets.
- Hem your curtains. Valences do not need to be hemmed, but for full-length curtains, hem the bottom 4-6 inches so that the hem is under the bottom of the sill. Letting your curtains be closer to the floor can give you an elegant look, but make sure the curtains don’t drag when you open and close them.