Curtains How to 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 to choose and measure, plus we’ll show you how to hang curtains throughout your home. Now’s your chance to have it made in the shade with style.

Fabric and Pattern:

Silken fabrics add a classic elegance with a smooth drape. Likewise, velvet tends toward elegant with a heftier, texture-rich feel. Cotton has a more casual appeal and is often embroidered or given a distinct pattern. Linen curtains tend to be less formal and offer a crisp, clean look to your room. Patterns and colors can either complement those already in your room, or accent them—with surprising results.

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. We also have blackout curtains for extra privacy and daytime naps. Unlined curtains and sheer curtains can create interesting plays of light and shadow.

We offer three top treatments to complete your look. When selecting your style, consider your curtain rods, 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:

Eight metal rings in 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 patterened curtain appear more easy and casual.

Back Tabs:

Hang by back tabs to create clean, vertical pleats without grommets. Hang by the rod pocket for a more traditional look with smaller, gathered pleats.

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.

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 to give your curtains full pleats.


By Length:

Start by deciding 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.

Now, measure the distance between the rod and the floor.

For a clean, crisp look, subtract ½" 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 that hides 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.

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 to choose and measure, plus we’ll show you how to hang curtains throughout your home. Now’s your chance to have it made in the shade with style.

Fabric and Pattern:

Silken fabrics add a classic elegance with a smooth drape. Likewise, velvet tends toward elegant with a heftier, texture-rich feel. Cotton has a more casual appeal and is often embroidered or given a distinct pattern. Linen curtains tend to be less formal and offer a crisp, clean look to your room. Patterns and colors can either complement those already in your room, or accent them—with surprising results.

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. We also have blackout curtains for extra privacy and daytime naps. Unlined curtains and sheer curtains can create interesting plays of light and shadow.

We offer three top treatments to complete your look. When selecting your style, consider your curtain rods, 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:

Eight metal rings in 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 patterened curtain appear more easy and casual.

Back Tabs:

Hang by back tabs to create clean, vertical pleats without grommets. Hang by the rod pocket for a more traditional look with smaller, gathered pleats.

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.

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 to give your curtains full pleats.

By Length:

Start by deciding 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.

Now, measure the distance between the rod and the floor.

For a clean, crisp look, subtract ½" 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 that hides 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.

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