How to Hang Curtains
Creating a beautiful window treatment starts with choosing the look you'd like for the room. First consider the length of the curtain, then which type of top treatment will work best in your space. From a dramatic entryway to a casual kitchen, the details you choose for your windows make a difference in defining the style of the room.
All of our curtain panel heights are measured from the top of the rod pocket to the bottom of the hem. The length of your curtains should mirror the style of the room, from dramatic to relaxed.
The way your curtains hang from the hardware makes a difference in how they drape. Choose from rod pocket, grommet, rings or double rods to create different effects in different rooms.
Perhaps the most common type of top treatment, these curtains have a generous 3” “pocket” along the top that easily slips over a curtain rod.
Rod pocket curtains can also be used with rings for a more contemporary look that glides easily along the rod.
Grommet top offers a more modern look that lets curtains glide on the rod with ease, making it a good choice for windows that are opened and closed often.
How to Measure
After deciding the length of your curtains, decide the total width. Do you want a smooth, tailored appearance when your window curtains are closed, or do you prefer a fuller, more dramatic look? One of our designer’s tips and tricks: Calculate 1.5 to 3 times the width of the window depending on the fullness you'd like.
In addition to measuring the width of the window, determine how much overlap of hanging curtains you'd like on each side (1-3” is typical).
Curtain rods are usually mounted 4” from the top of the window. Add height to a room by mounting the rod closer to the ceiling. If you are using curtain rings, add approximately 1.5–2” to your measurements.