Knowing the in's and out's and how-to's with drapery can seem like a lot. How high should they hang? How far should they fall? Do I need that sheer? And a ton of questions in between. We've compiled a list of tips to make you a drapery-hanging champion in no time.
Tip 1 - The Higher, the Better
To make windows appear more ample and expansive, mount the rod halfway between the top of the window and the ceiling. This midpoint is a great rule of thumb, but feel free to experiment with heading even higher if you're in the mood for the dramatic.
Tip 2: The Lower, the Better
Tip 1, but in reverse. Cutting the curtain off too soon can make a space feel like what happens when your favorite sweater is accidentally tossed in the dryer - you'll be pulling and tugging at the shrunken sleeves all afternoon. To avoid this super uncomfy feeling, it's best to let curtains fall past the sill and even better, to the floor (or beyond for that drama we mentioned earlier).
Tip 3: To the Brim
If you prefer the crisp and clean look of drapery that just kisses the floor, you'll actually want drapery that falls a tad above ground level, around 3/4". We are all aware of the effects of gravity and unfortunately, your drapery isn't safe from it either. Give gravity a bit of time and space to work and soon, the drapes that gave you a mild panic attack thinking they look more like that shrunken sweater will soon be the perfect length.
Tip 4: Stack Back
Allow your window to have some breathing room by extending the end(s) of the rod a handful or two past the window trim. This way, when you pull back the drapes to let the light in, you'll have the space to do so.
Tip 5: To Sheer or Not to Sheer
We like to consider two things when deciding whether or not to add a sheer behind your drapery. The first is function. How will your space be used? We recommend using a sheer in a room where both light and privacy are desired. If you only have curtains, you will drown out the sunlight while achieving that desired privacy and leave yourself fumbling around in the dimly lit space. A sheer quickly solves this dilemma by enabling you to open the heavier curtain while maintaining a soft barrier to the outside world.
The second thing we like to consider is consistency. If you're one that loves to mix it up and have different patterns, prints and colors in each space, a sheer is a wonderful solution to maintaining visual consistency from the exterior while allowing your inner artiste to shine from room to room.