4 Things to Avoid When Hanging Your Curtains

Imagine a stylish, modern woman dressed in the latest fashion and accessories with the perfect hair and make-up. Her pants, on the other hand, are too small…

A pretty room with poorly hung curtains can have the same awkward effect: it cheapens everything else, stands out in a jarring way and just makes everyone feel uncomfortable.

Curtains aren’t just a style accessory: they are used to insulate a room, to give privacy and to control light and glare. It’s another reason why making sure your curtains are hung with precision is so important.

However, most people aren’t experts when it comes to installing new window treatments, so when it comes to hanging curtains, we’re giving you a few things to avoid when dressing the eyes to your home.

Don’t Make Them Too Short

Short curtains don’t just look wrong, they lose a lot of functionality (in terms of heat retention) by allowing air to seep underneath. They look and function best when they are the right length. Here are your choices:

  • The Float – about a finger width of space from the floor.
  • The Kiss – a very slight fold or bend just above the hem.
  • The Puddle – the fabric goes beyond pools on the floor.

If your curtains are not long enough to accomplish this, you might be able to adjust the height at which you hang your curtains, which brings us to our next point.

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Don’t Hang Them at The Wrong Height

It might be tempting to lower the height of your curtain rod to compensate for curtains that are too short. Don’t. Hanging curtains too low visually shortens the height of the window and the room as a whole. A common height to hang a curtain rod (in houses with ceiling height of 2.4m) is about 10-15cm above the window frame. If your ceilings are higher, go higher, about halfway between the window frame and ceiling or architrave. Or you could go full floor to ceiling for a really grand look.

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Don’t Pick the Wrong Style

We think of everything ranging from colour to style, decor and accessories when dreaming up our image of a ‘perfect home’. Yet we often tend to ignore some of the little things that ultimately make the biggest difference. Curtains are one of these overlooked accessories. Choosing the wrong curtains can ruin the appeal of your living room or bedroom and would leave it a duller, more dreary space. Consider the colours and contrast, function and privacy that the curtains add to the room. Budget is another aspect to think of.

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Don’t Forget to Iron Them

While ironing is a chore most of us would happily avoid, this is one case where you shouldn’t skip it. If you’re going to invest time and money in window treatments, make sure they look their best and get out the iron. Wrinkled curtains just look sloppy, and sometimes don’t hang straight.
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Looking for the best way to get your curtains to hang perfectly? Get in touch with a DDL style consultant! Our Interior Décor specialists can help you with all the advice you need to make the right choice. They’ll take expert measurements, taking into account all the things we’ve just mentioned, and can even give you tips on track and rod options as well as fabric styles – visit www.ddl.za.com/services for information on how to get a consultation. You can also visit our showroom in Kramerville, Sandton for home accessories that will fit your curtain-style perfectly.

For more information on our full-service décor and design services, or to schedule a private consultation, call us on 011 262 5225. Visit our website at www.ddl.za.com to view some of our products, or send an email to info@ddl.za.com.

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