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How to Hang Curtains

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How to Hang Curtains

Have you ever wondered why some homes just seem to "fit" together? It's not because they're necessarily decorated by professional decorators or have a lot of expensive furniture, it's because they have curtains. Curtains can make a huge difference in the way your home looks and feels, so installing them is definitely worth considering. You may not be tempted to install curtains if you think that's work and expense is involved, but there are actually several ways to hang curtains without having to call a professional or spending an enormous amount of money. Here we'll go over how easy it really is!

Measure Window for Curtains

It's time to measure the window for curtains. To do so, you'll want to measure the width and height of your window. Next, take a look at the frame of your window and write down its width and height as well. Depending on how much space between your curtain rod and wall there is, you might need to make some adjustments based on this information. There are many ways to hang curtains, and the right method depends on your needs. For example, if you want to add a little extra drama or privacy to an area of your home, you may wish to consider hanging curtains from ceiling-mounted rods or higher up above the window.

Determine Number of Curtain Panels Needed

Once youíve determined the number and location of your panels, itís time to measure for curtains. The general rule of thumb is 1 1/2 to 2 times your window width in fabric. However different material content can change this some.

For example if you are looking at sheer or light weight fabric we suggest 2 to 4 times your window width as light weight material will not gather as fast as heavier material. Also you must take the "Return" back to the wall into consideration. Some curtain rods project 2 to 6 inches out to clear trim or shades before making the 90 degree turn, you will have to make sure you have enough material to cover the return. Depending on your style and product you may need just panel or several.

Hang Your Curtain/Valances

Now that you know your measurements, number or curtains or valances needed now you just have to hang them, let's jump right in.

When you receive your curtains, swags or Valances they will be pressed and folded into a plastic bag. There will be some fold marks or slight wrinkles from being folded. To get these out you can either iron them or put them in the dryer on light heat. You can also wash them as per the wash instructions on the packaging and the tag on the product. Once they are ready to hang thread the product onto your curtain rod. If you have a grommet curtain or valance you will "weave" the rod through the grommets. For rod pockets gently push the rod through the rod pocket. Quick Tip, if you are using a metal rod you can use painters tape on the end to cover the edges to make sure you do not rip or tare the rod pocket.

After the fabric is on the rod lets place the rod up on the window. You can then spread out the material evenly out across the rod. Start at the top of the header and stand the material straight up and space it evenly working your way down to the rod pocket and then the folds of the curtain. You may want to have longer panels pulled back to let light in, if you have using ties or hold backs make sure to fold the material before placing on the hold back or tie.

You'll be amazed by the difference that hanging curtains can make!

When you hang curtains, itís important to make sure you do it correctly. Otherwise, your curtains will look like an amateur made them and you could end up with a mess on your hands, literally. You can avoid this by following these simple steps:

ē Measure correctly: You donít want to be short of fabric or too long; both look bad! And make sure that the measurements are accurate so that the length of the curtain matches up with where you want it on the wall (like over a window).

ē Take your time when hanging them. It may seem time consuming but taking your time when ironing and hanging them will pay off. You do not want wrinkled and uneven curtains on your window. Fabric can be manipulated with just a little effort creating an elegant look.


I hope this guide has helped you to pick the perfect curtains and get them hung. Feel free to try out some of these tips in your own home! Swags Galore is America's only Online Curtain Store with thousands of curtains, valances, swags and tiers available at huge discounted prices. We stock all our products and ship within 24hrs or less. If you need help finding the perfect product or need help placing an order give us a call at 1-800-439-0323.

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