Curtian Guide

Do you see a window of opportunity in your home? You may even see several of them but you’re unsure how to seize the moment. Never fear—we’ve got all the tips you’ll need for measuring, choosing and hanging the perfect curtains for every space. Now’s your chance to have it made in the shade with style.

What suits your style? What suits your style?
Fabric and Patern Fabric and Patern

Fabric and Pattern:
From silks and linens to cottons and velvets, the fabric and texture of your curtains create a decor conversation with your room. Likewise, patterns and colors can either complement those already in your room, or accent them—with surprising results. Typically, you can’t go wrong picking up on colors and patterns already present on pillows, rugs and throws.

Lined or Unlined

Lined or Unlined:
When greater opacity or room darkening is desired, most decorators choose lined curtains, because they create a more defined boundary between indoors and outdoors—especially appreciated in private areas of the home. Unlined curtains can create interesting plays of light and shadow as light sifts through them.

Lined or Unlined
Indoor or Outdoor Indoor or Outdoor

Indoor or Outdoor:
How about both? Sometimes, for example, you need the versatility of all-synthetic durability for floor-to-ceiling windows. For strictly indoor applications, though, why not unfurl a gorgeous cotton velvet or silk blend to enrich your environs?

How do we top that? Curtain Rods

We offer three window-top treatments to complete your look. When selecting your style, consider the decor of your space and whether you want to open and close your curtains (some styles are better suited for this than others).

Grommet Top

Grommet Top:
Eight metal rings at the header of the curtain offer very easy hanging, and curtains drape in clean vertical lines. This can create a more modern look, but it can also make a traditionally patterned curtain appear more easy and casual.

Rod Pocket

Rod Pocket:
Simple 3” rod pocket styles are the least expensive option. Fabric ruffles at the top and billows down in smaller, gathered pleats for a more formal, traditional look.

Back Tabs

Back Tabs:
Many of our styles offer the combination of a rod pocket and back tab configuration to give two hanging options. Hang by the back tabs to create clean vertical pleats, but without grommets. Hang by the rod pocket for a more traditional look with smaller, gathered pleats.

How do you measure success? How do you measure success?
Measure By Width Measure By Width

By Width:
Measure the width of your window and add 12" on both sides to ensure enough fullness of the panels. This makes windows look larger and allows fabric to fold clear of the window when the curtains are open.

Example: Your window is 48” wide. Add 12” to both sides. This equals 72” of minimum width needed to cover your window. In this case, you will need two curtain panels (equaling roughly 100” width) to give your curtains full pleats.

Measure By Length

By Length:
Decide how high above the window you are going to hang your hardware. Curtain rods are most often hung 4” above the top of the window. To add height to a room, you can hang your rod 6-8” above the window to create the illusion of a taller window.

  • Measure from the rod to the floor.
  • For a clean, crisp look, subtract 1⁄2” from the rod-to-floor measurement so the panel just skims the floor’s surface.
  • Add 2-4” to have a slight break at the bottom of your curtains for a thoughtfully finished designer look and hide uneven floor surfaces.
  • For a dramatic, more luxurious look, add 6-8” to the height measurement to ensure that your curtains will puddle on the floor. Longer lengths are available on pier1.com.
Measure By Length