How to Hang Curtains for Best Effect

When arranging window treatments with curtains, it's not just about installing a rail or curtain rod and hanging the curtains. If done the right way, curtains can add so much more to any room.






1 | Considering your Needs

Curtains are not only a beautiful finishing touch for a room, but they are also functional in their ability to filter out direct sunlight to protect furniture and furnishings as well as provide privacy or serve as blackout curtains. When selecting curtains for a home, consider your needs so that you can choose the best hardware for hanging the curtains and whether you need a single rail, double-track or more.





Choosing the perfect curtains for a particular room lets you adjust the level of privacy or block-out sunlight at certain times of the day to protect your interior furniture and fittings.






2 | Purchase the Right Hardware

When deciding on window treatments, and curtains, in particular, the hardware installed to hang the curtains is just as important as the curtains themselves. There are plenty of budget curtains on the market that you can find at home decor stores and, if you plan on saving money, rather save a bit on curtains and spend a little more on the curtain hardware. There are a few tips to keep in mind when selecting curtain hardware:



Finding the right hardware for a decorated room is the difference between a window treatment that complements a room or one that puts on a shoddy display.






Nothing could be truer than the saying, "You get what you pay for!" Cheap is cheap and there is no getting over it. You need curtain hardware such as a curtain rod, pole, or track to be able to support the weight of the curtains. The look of the mounting hardware should also complement the style of curtains you want to hang. There are plenty of options to choose from and that includes eyelet curtains, curtain hooks, tab-top curtains, or one of the many types of pleated or ruffled curtain styles.





Spend a little more on quality window hardware to make the window a feature in the room.










Installing curtain hardware should be done in such a way as to ensure strength and stability when hanging curtains. An unfortunate downside is the use of plastic wall anchors and screws as a securing method. Whenever possible, replace both anchors and screws with a reputable brand that is respected for its strength and ability to grip in all types of brick, masonry or other material.





3 | Measure the space Accurately

It might seem obvious to measure the size of a window but there is more to it than just measuring the width and height of the window frame itself. Curtains need to fit the window and curtains that are too small will be an eyesore while curtains that are too bulky will draw unnecessary attention.





Whatever the actual width of the window and more, don't forget to add additional width to either side if the curtains are to frame a window. Once you have that measurement, double it up to ensure there is enough fullness in the curtain fabric to provide a pleasing appearance. Curtains that are pulled too tight across a window and have zero folds will be flat and provides zero aesthetics.





The height required for the window should be carefully considered. Do you want to mount the rail exactly over the top of the window or do you want to mount it higher to give the appearance of a higher ceiling? Getting this right is important for hanging the curtain pole, rod, or rail at the correct height and making sure that the curtains are hung at the right length.









4 | Be Fussy when Finishing

After going to all the trouble and expense of a quality rail or rod, don't overlook the finials. Depending on the look you want to achieve, adding small details such as finials, tie-backs and tassels will make a big difference in the final look. It is also important to iron the curtains before hanging to remove any creases or folds. If you are not sure how to iron the fabric if no label is supplied to advise, use a medium iron set on steam and try this on the back corner of the hem before ironing the complete curtain.







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