Curtains mounted correctly can enhance your décor and make your room feel bigger. Keep these three elements in mind when hanging your curtains: rod placement, how high the curtains should be hung, and how wide the curtains should be hung. Follow our tips below for installing your curtains.
1. Curtain Rod Placement
Standard mounting is 4 inches above the window frame and 2 to 4 inches beyond each side.
If you want to make the window look taller, install at least 8 inches above the frame or as high as the ceiling molding to make the window look taller.
If you want the window to look wider, install a rod that is long enough to overhang the window at least 5 inches on each side.
2. How High?
Before hanging remember to measure the height from rod to floor. Make certain to account for the height of the rings or hanging hardware and how much space you want between the curtains and the floor.
For floor length curtains measure from the top of the rod to the floor; subtract as needed to allow for hanging hardware. If you want curtains to pool on the floor, add 6 to 8 inches.
Choose curtains that just skim the floor for high traffic rooms like kitchens or bathrooms.
When in doubt, overestimate. You can hem later!
3. How Wide?
If the curtain has softer folds (waves in the curtains), each panel should be 1 ½ times the width of the window frame.
For a tailored look, you don't want panels to overlap too much. A good standard are curtains that total 2 inches wider than the window.
For a draped more romantic look, the curtains should total 3 times the window width.