I’m showing you how to pick out the right length for your curtains, how to hang up drapes as well as a simple technique to make your curtains look like they were made and hung up by a professional.
I’ve been on this streak about the proper way to hang curtain and drapery and posting directions and resources that you can check out. For me personally, I just think that curtains can make or break a room!
When you hang curtains, there are a few tips that you should adhere to:
- Length: Make sure the length of your curtains is right
- Drapery Returns: Use them
- Train Your Curtains: So they lay properly
Tools and Materials To Hang Curtains and Drapery Like a Designer
THE PERFECT CURTAIN LENGTH
There are just certain things you shouldn’t DIY without experience, and in my case, this would be curtains. This was the only image I could find of my DIY curtains. Notice how short the curtains were! Not only that, the pleats looked terrible!
If you find that your curtains are short by less than 2 inches, check out my secret hack on how to lengthen your curtains. It is definitely not the professional way, but it is hardly noticeable to an untrained eye. If you are trying to figure out how long curtains should be, check out this guide. I used to think curtains should just cover the window and potentially hang a little past the sill, but I was completely wrong.
DRAPERY RETURNS AND CURTAIN SIDE HOOKS
A “drapery return” is the measurement from the wall is to where the curtain hangs off of the rod. Imagine yourself standing looking to the side of the curtain. The measurement I’m referring to is of the side piece of it. See the left image below:
Most people will hang their curtains like the image on the left. However, a small little hack will take your drapery installation to a professional level. All you need is a hook and eye installed on the wall underneath your curtain rod. It should be place where the last pleat hook is!
SHOP THESE CURTAINS AND DRAPERY ESSENTIALS:
As a mom, I find this super awesome because my kids still take naps during the day and it blocks out a ton of light! And if you have invested in blackout curtains, make the most of it by installing hook and eye (which is also known as a screw eye bolt).
I’ve also found that traverse rods may already have the eye hooks installed – so make sure you use it if you have it! P.S. Traverse rods are AWESOME, but they require creating additional holes for the pulley.
There are places where you really don’t need to do this. For example, an area like my living room where a return really isn’t necessary because the goal for the curtains is to frame the room to create height rather than to block out light.
TRAINING YOUR DRAPES AND CURTAINS
Here’s another tip on how to hang curtains and drapery like a professional: Train your drapes and curtains right after you hang them! When you first order your curtains, they may come packaged up with creases. Obviously, do the best you can to iron. Once you hang them, you’ll notice that sometimes they do not “fold” where they should.
What you can do is just hand fold them and loosely tie a piece of fabric or yarn around the folds. Keep it folded for a week. After that, you should find that your curtains will sit perfectly!
There you have it – three tips on how to hang curtain and drapery like a professional designer installed it!
If you have two story windows, here is a blog post all about how I chose curtains for my floor to ceiling windows. And if you made a mistake, here’s an awesome quick hack on how to lengthen your drapes.
If you need more visuals, here’s a video: