How do you hang curtains when the window is at the top of the wall?

Author: Prof. Domenick Yost  |  Last update: Wednesday, June 22, 2022

Place hooks on the glass at the upper window corners or on nearby wall surfaces, and drop your rod into the brackets they have become. You should, however, plan to hang only a light-use rod and lightweight curtains to prevent accidents.

Can you hang curtains way above window?

A rule of thumb (from Architectural Digest) is that curtains should be hung between four to six inches above the window frame, so install your curtain rod accordingly. When you hang the curtain rod high, it will make the window appear taller.

Should curtains cover the top window?

As a general rule, installing the curtain rod four to six inches above the top of the window is the best placement for most rooms, assuming an average-height ceiling and windows that aren't very large or small in proportion to the overall room size.

How do you balance an off center window in a living room?

Positioning a piece of furniture against a wall can help to balance an off-center window. Measure the distance from the floor to the top of the window. Also, measure the width of the window. Choose an open shelving unit, bookcase, armoire or chest of drawers to complement the room's decor and color palette.

How do I balance uneven windows?

Built-ins, an armoire, a tall bookshelf or any other piece of furniture with height is also a good option to establish balance. If your asymmetrical windows overlook an unpleasant scene, such as a neighbor's brick wall, you may want to install wall-to-wall drapes. This will give you more space-planning options, too.


Should curtains cover the whole wall?

The drapes should cover as much of the wall as possible to create the illusion of space, so aim to position the rod a few inches from the ceiling.

How far do you hang curtains from the window?

The standard distance from the window casing to the end of the curtain rod (excluding finials) on each side of the window should be four to 10 inches. As a general rule, drapes will be open during the day, so make sure the curtain rod extends at least four inches on each side of the window's inside frame.

Where should curtain rod brackets be placed?

Each bracket should be placed at the height you previously determined and about four to six inches from the side of the window frame. (This will allow you to open the curtains completely.) Check to make sure your pencil marks are level otherwise the entire window treatment will be crooked.

How do you hang curtains without drilling?

Here are five ways to hang curtains without damaging walls or window frames:
  1. Use 3M Command Hooks.
  2. Use Kwik-Hang Curtain Rod Brackets.
  3. Use Tension Rods.
  4. Get Creative With Coat Hooks.
  5. Try Magnetic Rods on Metal Doors.

Where should curtains fall?

Tip: Traditionally, you'd mount your curtain rods one to three inches above the top of your window frame. But my favorite trick is to hang your curtain rod higher (a couple inches below the ceiling). It'll instantly make the room feel taller and grander.

Should curtains go to the ceiling?

If you have the space between the top of your window frame and the ceiling or crown molding, though, you should hang the rod over the window. I like to go 3 to 5 inches down from the ceiling. Doing this visually extends the length of your wall, making your ceiling look higher.

How do you hang curtains from the ceiling?

In order to hang curtains from the ceiling without drilling holes, follow these simple directions.
  1. Gather your materials.
  2. Measure and mark for hook placement.
  3. Scrape away any ceiling texture.
  4. Install adhesive-backed hooks.
  5. Thread curtains onto the rod.
  6. Hang the rod.

How far should a curtain pole extend past window?

How long should the pole be? This can be subjective and is influenced by obstructions around the window area. But as a guide the pole should extend about 15-20cm (6-8in) beyond the window recess on each side. And it should be fitted symmetrically relative to the window opening.

How far should curtain Pole be either side of window?

For a typical window without architraves, we recommend poles/tracks overhang the width of the window by not less than 15cm (6") each side (excluding finials). Mark the pole/track and check your measurements again.

Is it OK if my curtains don't touch the floor?

The answer to this question is important because it can affect the way we do our decorations. Yes, curtains should be long enough to touch the floor. With a few exceptions, the longer the curtains are the more stylish and elegant it will look. This is why most standard ready-made curtains are lengthy.

How do you secure curtains to the wall?

To reinforce your curtain rod brackets and secure your curtain rod, try these methods:
  1. Use curtain rod anchors or longer screws.
  2. Use a thicker or more durable curtain rod.
  3. Install one or more center support brackets.

Which side of the curtain faces out?

The right side of the lining orients to the window, so you need to know how to determine the right and wrong side before you start your construction. The right side of the lining faces out the window.

Should windows be centered?

Whenever possible, try to align all the windows on a wall both horizontally and vertically. For instance, the windows on your second floor should mostly be aligned with the ones on the first floor. If the top or side edges are floating, unaligned with each other, your home won't have a pleasing look.

How do I hide unwanted windows?

4 Ways to Hide an Unwanted Window View
  1. Double Up Curtain Panels. Pairing sheer and opaque curtains together will make your windows look dramatic, romantic, and high class. ...
  2. Frame the View with an Adjustable Window Treatment. ...
  3. Window Sill Flowers, Plants or Herbs. ...
  4. Install Stained or Etched Glass.

How do you decorate a weird window?

Try using an extra-long curtain rod that spans the wall and makes the area look more spacious. Then, add two separate panels on each side of the windows to frame the windows more stylishly. Another option is to choose drapes or shades to each window, so you can let some light and still enjoy some privacy.

Should curtains touch the floor or window sill?

The material should barely touch the floor or hover half an inch above. Use this approach for café curtains, too, short panels covering only the lower portion of a window, hitting the sill, which works well in kitchens and bathrooms, where long drapes or curtains aren't practical.

Which Command hooks for curtains?

Purchase 2-3 jumbo command hooks per window. Pick a finish that is the same as the curtain rods you will be hanging. Clean wall surface where you will be applying hooks with rubbing alcohol and clean cloth or paper towel. Clean gently, rubbing too hard can remove the paint.

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