Curtain Hanging Mistakes and How to Avoid Them
Curtains are a home décor staple. They are also one of the easiest design elements to get wrong. Curtains and window treatments can be expensive, especially if you have multiple windows in each room to cover. You can purchase ready made curtains, have them custom made or even sew them yourself. From choosing the wrong size to hanging them incorrectly, there is a lot that can go wrong when it comes to hanging curtains. If you are investing your time and money in new window coverings you want to make sure you get it right the first time. I’ve been browsing online recently at lots of different window treatment options. I’m loving the affordable styles at CurtainsHomeSale. Before you upgrade your current window treatments, here are some common curtain hanging mistakes and how to avoid them.
Hanging the Rod Too Low
This is one mistake that I see all the time. Once you start noticing low curtain rods in peoples’ homes and businesses, you will start to see them all the time. For some reason people like to hang their curtains rod right above the window. This can create the illusion of a tiny window. Instead, hang the rod where the wall meets the ceiling and extend it on either side of the window to make your windows look huge.
The Curtains are too Long or Short
Another common curtain hanging mistake is curtains that are too long or short. The bottom of the fabric should just skim the floor. Measure the height of the curtain rod and decide on a curtain length before you go shopping. There is nothing worse than hanging your curtains and realizing the bottoms hit the wall at an odd place or that they are far too long.
The Rod is Not Wide Enough
If the curtain rod is not wide enough the curtains will sit over the glass when they are pulled open. This can create the illusion of a smaller window, just like if the rod is too low. Hang the rod so it extends past the window so when they curtains are open, they sit over the walls and not the window.
The Curtain Panels are Not Wide Enough
This is a mistake I have made a few times. I bought curtains that were the width of the window and when I closed them, they barely touched and the fabric was pulled tight. Ideally when the curtains are closed you want to make sure there is enough fabric that it can pool a together a little bit and look full.
The Fabric is Wrinkled
Nothing looks worse hanging on a curtain rod than curtains that are wrinkled! I hate ironing as much as the next person but if you are going to spend time and money hanging curtains you should make sure that they are clean and wrinkle free. If you really hate ironing them, invest in a steamer, it makes removing the creases a breeze.
Curtains That are the Wrong Style
Consider your lifestyle before you go shopping for curtains and design your room. One mistake that I have made is buying light, gauzy curtains for almost every room in my home. The problem is, they didn’t make the room dark enough when we needed it to be for watching movies or sleeping. I have had to replace many of the curtains in my home or add a blackout panel to the back of them to help with insulation and blocking bright sunlight for when we need it to be dark.
What are your biggest curtain hanging mistakes or pet peeves? Tell me about it in the comments!