Content of the material
- Where Should the Window Treatment Be Hung?
- If the Windows are 13 Inches Apart or More
- Window Film
- Do Patterned Curtains Right
- Custom Treatments for Multiple Windows
- Drapery Sizes
- Adopt the Roman Shade
- How to Hang Double Curtains Without a Double Curtain Rod
- Corner Curtain Rods
- How Height Impacts Curtain Rod Placement
- Simple Bay Window Treatments
Where Should the Window Treatment Be Hung?
Your window treatment can be either an outside mount or inside mount. The window treatment is hung on the wall above the window if it’s an outside mount, or in between the window studs if it’s an inside mount. Some window treatments can be hung directly on the wooden trim around the window (frame mount).
Keep these two possibilities in mind as I go on with the examples below…
If the Windows are 13 Inches Apart or More
If the gap is 13 inches or wider, there is virtually no window treatment that won’t work. This is when you can start introducing draperies. Just make sure that the draperies are not covering the window and blocking the view. A drapery should frame the window, not overwhelm it. This is achieved by measuring properly and making sure the drapery has enough fullness.
How draperies should be hung.
Here’s how that concept looks when put into practice on windows that are next to each other.
Notice how the 50-inch wide drapes are covering more of the wall than the window and hung high. This brings natural light in, makes the room look bigger and brighter, and creates the illusion of a high ceiling.
Apply window film to double windows to create a custom look. Window film is easy to use and can be cut to size. This product often is referred to as “privacy film,” because it provides some screening from the outside but still allows sunlight to filter inside. The film comes in a variety of patterns, from speckled, frosted, etched and solid to outlines of animals, landscapes and trees; some film resembles stained glass. Whatever your choice, use the same type and style of film on both windows for a uniform look.
Do Patterned Curtains Right
If you want to go down the patterned route, hang curtains as high as possible and plenty wide so they frame the window when opened. Because you’ll be working with maximalist prints, visually extending the space around your windows helps to keep things feeling clean and airy. Match colors in the materials to accents around your room for a cohesive, polished finish.
Insert weights inside the hems of your curtains to make them hang straighter.
Custom Treatments for Multiple Windows
Putting even more attention on the grand architecture, orange-and-white zebra-print Roman shades dress the trio of windows in this study. Choosing custom treatments to fit the different widths of windows (the one in the middle is larger) allowed the designer to use a choice fabric. Above, an arched window needs no dressing; it's high enough that privacy isn't an issue.
Consider the right size, length, and width drapes for your space. There are many store-bought options or your room may require custom-made drapes to meet specific heights, room, or window specifications.
- In the majority of cases, the ideal length for drapes is long enough to just kiss the floor. Obviously where you hang your curtain rod will have an impact. If you’re purchasing ready-made drapes, it will be a bit of a balancing act to determine what length to get and where to hang the rod.
- For a traditional, formal look, consider drapes that puddle a couple of inches on the floor. This look isn’t as popular as it once was but it’s inherently luxurious and can still work in formal spaces.
- Do not allow your drapes to hang above the floor. When they stop a couple of inches above the floor, it can make the ceilings look lower.
- For drapes to look full, the panels should have a combined width of at least double the width of the window. If you have two panels, each one should equal the width of the window.
- Keep in mind that some fabrics hang differently than others, so light fabrics may require more fullness, while heavy fabrics may require a little less.
Adopt the Roman Shade
Roman shades are the perfect solution when floor-to-ceiling curtains are not an option. If your windows are over the kitchen sink, above a bathroom counter or bathtub, or behind a radiator, it’s not practical to extend curtains to the floor—but the Roman shade is an elegant piece of décor that can instantly upgrade your space. Relaxed Roman shades provide timelessly chic results to tie your room’s design together.
How to Hang Double Curtains Without a Double Curtain Rod
Is it possible to hang double curtains without a double curtain rod? Yes. However, a single curtain rod does not provide the same functionality or create the depth that a double curtain rod does.
Two sets of curtains can hang on a single rod, but they would remain fixed unless you hold them open with a curtain tieback or holdback.
Kwik-Hang’s single curtain rod brackets hold up to 20 lbs., so they’re ideal for hanging two sets of curtains on a single rod (like pictured above).
You can also experiment with hanging thinner, non-traditional rod alternatives like a tension rod or a bungee cord. But depending on the style of your single rod bracket, this may not be possible.
Corner Curtain Rods
If you don’t have existing curtain rods, here are some corner curtain rod options.
Hanging curtains on unique window arrangements can often take some trial-and-error. Thankfully, with some outside-the-box thinking (and inexpensive plumbing supplies!), there are often easy solutions to be found for almost any arrangement. Whether you have an awkward corner window like this one, or you’re trying to hang windows in a corner shower or other tight arrangement, these hacks and products should work for you.
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All you need to get this look is a Blinds.com Adjustable Drapery Rod with the Double Rod option and your curtains.
1. Install the curtain rod brackets into studs with the 2 included screws.
2. Feed the sheer panel onto the smaller drapery rod. The rod pocket is designed to be tight which allows the fabric to ruche correctly.
We used a solid sheer panel here because we just wanted to let light in and didn't need to ever completely uncover the window. If you want to be able to open the sheers for a clear view out, choose a pair of sheer panels instead.
3. Place rod and sheers onto the back notch of the brackets. Magnets will keep both rods secure to prevent them from sliding around when you adjust the panels.
4. Unscrew the finial (decorative end piece) from one end of the rod. Slide on the drapery rings. Replace finial and place rod on the front notch in the brackets.
5. Hang decorative panels by inserting the drapery hooks into the rings. Repeat for both panels.
6. Enjoy your new voluminous, versatile drapery look!
How Height Impacts Curtain Rod Placement
Use these tips to make sure you place your rods at the right height:
- For standard drapes that hang on either side of a window, the typical height is halfway between the top of the window casing and the ceiling. This applies if there are more than 12 inches between the window trim and ceiling.
- For cathedral ceilings, leave approximately four to six inches above the window trim as a guideline.
- No matter what the ceiling height, the minimum distance from the top of the window casing to the curtain rod is two inches.
- To create the illusion of height, mount the drapery rods close to the ceiling. This is particularly important to do if the room has low ceilings.
- Use these same rules when the windows are arched.
Simple Bay Window Treatments
A wide window seat and multipane windows make a grand impression in this breakfast bay. Maintaining a modern, uncluttered look, simple bamboo Roman shades cover the side-by-side windows. Chairs repeat the natural color tones. Library lamps are anchored to the outside wall, shedding contemporary light on the inviting scene.