How To Hang Drapery

Draperies, when hung the right way, can completely transform a room. It adds flair and a touch of class to every window installment. It’s a common remedy for aesthetically challenged windows or curtains. Draperies are so flexible that you can get creative with how to use them.

  • Simple steps. The easiest way to use drapery is to artfully loop them through rods and create swags for a classic look. Draperies come in handy when you find yourself stuck with an old, ugly rod. It also helps hide stains or cracks that may have developed along the edges of your window without going to the extent of calling a repairman.
  • Drapery for all settings. Before you start attaching draperies, know when to use the proper kind for different rooms. Short drapery that hits the sill or the bottom of the window apron is perfect for rooms like the kitchen. Rooms with a more formal function like the dining room or living room might look better with drapery that grazes the floor, while the formal sitting room or dining room will look more classic and romantic with drapery that can be pooled on the floor in an artistic manner.
  • Remedies for permanent problems. Draperies are wonderful because it can find transform ill-looking windows. Narrow windows can look wider by hanging drapery on a rod that is considerably longer than the horizontal measurement of the window. Hang two sets of draperies on either side, arranging each one in such a way that it mostly covers the wall and barely any glass. This gives the illusion that the window is bigger than it actually is. If your windows are too long, you can also fix this by putting valances over your drapery.
  • Unconventional drapery. If you feel that you have the perfect window setting, and only need drapery for decorative purposes, one of your options is to use stationary drapery. With a measuring stick, determine the length of coverage you want on either side of your windows. Purchase the proper rod size for it, curtains that match your décor.
  • Basic tips on hanging drapery. Other basic steps to hanging drapery include ironing your drapery prior to attachment. Not even the most expensive drapery looks good muddled with wrinkles. Carefully loop through your rod then hang on the brackets. A good way to avoid wrinkling the fabric is to lay the curtain across the back of a sofa or bed, then insert the rod through the pocket. If you’re using tiebacks, the best location 1/3 from the bottom of the drapery. You can opt to attach the tiebacks to the edges of the fabric, or secure it into the edge of the wall. For heavy drapery that needs double rods, hang the drapery on the inner rod first, before continuing with the outer rod.

Other hardware that can help make hanging drapery easy and aesthetically appealing are hooks, pins and valances. Experiment a little with what is best for the type of drapery you are using to get the intended outcome.


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