The Dos and Dont’s of Hanging Curtains

A great way to give any room an instant lift is to use curtains – to add impact with colour, patterns and textures. Beautiful and textured curtains can add the finishing touch to a room or space. The list of possible options are endless. Whether they’re custom made or purchased off the rack, the trick lies in the hanging.

Below are some of our do’s and don’ts for picture-perfect drapes:
DO reach high. Windows will appear taller if the rod or track is fixed closer to the ceiling. The general rule is that they should be 10­15cm above the window frame. Consider using a qualified Installer as they have have all the tools and skills to do this for you at
a minimal cost.

DON’T stop the fabric at the window sill. Once again windows will appear taller if the fabric falls to the floor. A couple of centimeters above the floor will give the illusion of a full curtain but make cleaning easier. It’s generally not recommended that they collect on the floor.

DO consider the external light. Which rooms will have curtains installed? If it’s the bedroom, do you like to sleep in total darkness or do you like sunlight in? Make sure your curtains cover each side of the window and consider blockout linings or match and combine with a roller blind.

DON’T be exclusive. Curtains don’t necessarily need to replace the existing blinds as in some rooms different window treatments can complement each other.

DO be generous with your fabric. If you are going to be closing the curtains they will need to be 2 to 2.5 times the width of your window. Curtains fabrics such as sheer may need more to hang effectively.

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