How to Hang the Curtains?

While it may seem an easy process, learning how to hang curtains that drape perfectly is an art on its own. In this guide, we'll teach you the technique to choose the best fabric and style, ensure light control, and enhance the overall ambiance of your living space. Let us empower you to elevate your home decor and say goodbye to crooked, uneven curtains. Get ready to turn your windows into stunning displays of style and sophistication.

Selecting the Right Curtains

Selecting the right curtains can frame your windows, make your room look more spacious and warmer, and transform your home decor. Here's how to find the right curtains for you:

Choosing the right fabric and style

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Choosing the suitable fabric is key as it can dictate how well your curtains will function and hold up over time. You'll need to consider factors like weight, texture, light-blocking qualities, sun fade resistance, and durability. Some of the most common curtain fabrics are:

  • Cotton: Cotton is a versatile fabric that suits a range of styles, from traditional to modern ones. Moreover, they can be sheer or opaque, depending on your needs for sun-blocking and privacy.
  • Linen: This natural fabric creates a casual, relaxed environment and allows sunlight to enter your living space.
  • Silk: While it's a luxurious fabric that drapes beautifully and helps you achieve a romantic interior design style, silk is susceptible to sun damage and is harder to care for. 
  • Polyester: It's durable, affordable, and easy to care for, making it a fantastic choice for many interior design choices.

Likewise, the style of the curtains plays an essential role in elevating your home's decor. Here are some of the types of styles and where you can use them:

  • Tie top curtains: These curtains are more delicate in construction, as the curtain is tied in the rod. Therefore, they're usually made of lightweight fabric. They can be ideal in kids' rooms or family rooms.
  • Tab top curtains: As they are more casual in style, they can be used as an attractive accent in cottage or farmhouse decor. Tab top curtains have loops that hang from the top seam and are easy to put through a curtain rod.
  • Pencil pleat curtains: The folds of fabric in the header of the curtain create beautiful pleats resembling a pencil. These curtains can be used in formal rooms like dining and living rooms or casual rooms like bedrooms and home offices.
  • Blackout curtains: As they're made with heavyweight materials, they block light and offer the most privacy. You can put blackout curtains in bedrooms, home theaters, and guest rooms.

Measuring your windows for the perfect fit

Taking precise measurements of your windows is crucial for getting the perfect fit and look. Some of the things you need to consider are: 

  • Width: The standard distance between the window casing and the end of the curtain rod on each side of the window should be four to 10 inches. You can also extend the rod up to 10 inches beyond the window's frame to create the illusion of a wider window.
  • Height: The ideal size for standard drapes is halfway from the top of the window casing to the ceiling. Regardless of the ceiling height, the minimum distance from the top of the window frame to the curtain rod is two inches. Mounting the curtain rods close to the ceiling creates the illusion of height. 
  • Length: Measure how long you want the curtains to be from the curtain rod to the floor. You can choose the curtains to be around an inch away from the windowsill, an inch away from the ground, and one to three inches extended on the floor.

Budget considerations

Curtains come in a wide range of price points; therefore, it's crucial to consider your budget carefully and explore cost-effective options to achieve a stylish and functional window display. Some ways you can find curtains offering value for your money are:

  • Setting a clear budget on how much you're willing to spend to narrow down your options and prevent overspending.
  • Consider ready-made curtains if your windows are a standard size. Ready-made curtains are cheaper than custom-made ones, so you can find various styles and colors and save a buck or two.
  • Keep an eye out for sales, discounts, and clearance sales at home decor stores to get high-quality curtains at a fraction of the original price.

Essential Tools and Materials

The right tools and materials can make the installation easier when hanging curtains. Here's a list of the essential tools and materials you'll need:


  1. Measuring tape
  2. Level
  3. Stud finder
  4. Pencil


  1. Screws
  2. Anchors
  3. Brackets
  4. Curtain rod
  5. Curtain rings or clips
  6. Tieback cord
  7. Curtains

Steps to Hang Curtains

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Here are the steps to hang curtains masterfully:

Preparing the windows and wall

The first step involves preparing the windows and walls by cleaning the area and deciding how high above the window you want to install the curtain rod.  

Installing curtain rods or tracks 

Next, you'll need to install the curtain rod or tracks. You can install the curtain rod in the window casing or on the wall. Installing it on the casing will leave a part of the window covered while installing it on the wall allows you to pull the curtains back completely.

When installing the curtain track, you can choose one of the three mounting systems:

  • The inside mount is installed on the inside of the window frame.
  • The center mount is installed in the center of the window.
  • The outside mount is installed on the outside of the window frame.

Positioning and securing brackets

You can do so by marking the mounting points with a pencil on the wall where you want to place the mounting brackets and ensure the bracket is straight with a level. Next, you need to drill the holes into the wall and fasten the curtain rod brackets to the wall with a screwdriver or a drill.

Hanging the curtains

The most important step to making your vision a reality is hanging the curtains. If your curtains require rings or clips, attach them to the curtain rod, then slide the curtains onto the rod. Next, carefully mount the rod on the brackets.

Adjusting for the perfect look

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To put the cherry on top, you can adjust your curtains and achieve the perfect look. Some things you can do are to:

  • Steam your curtains to remove dust mites, odors, and creases and give your curtains a new life.
  • Arrange folds evenly for a neat appearance.
  • Step back and assess if you need to make any final adjustments to reach the desired look. 

Maintenance and Cleaning

Maintaining and cleaning curtains is vital to keep them looking fresh and to prolong their lifespan. Regular maintenance requires dusting the curtains quite often to prevent dust buildup. Cleaning curtains depends on the fabric, as each fabric has specific instructions on how to care for them. We recommend washing our linen curtains in lukewarm or cold water with a mild detergent in a gentle machine cycle. They can also be tumble-dried on low heat.


By mastering the art of hanging curtains like a pro, you'll discover a new way of transforming your living space. As you understand the intricacies of the fabric, the precise measurements, and how to choose the right style, you'll ensure your windows exude elegance and charm. Remember, the right curtains can enhance natural light, provide privacy, and tie together your decor. So, as you're now equipped with hanging skills, experiment with different textures and colors and let your creativity flow. 

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