How to hang curtains like a pro


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At a glance, it seems that choosing new curtains and hanging them in your home should be a straightforward activity. You just slip the curtains on the rod, right? This is the basic idea, but can actually be a bit more complicated, especially if you need to install a curtain rod as well. Fortunately, Moshell has broken the curtain hanging process into a handy infographic. Look at the tips and charts below, and in no time you’ll be able to call yourself an expert in the art of hanging curtains. Choose your curtain type. Before you think about hanging curtains, you need to decide on the style. You’ll quickly find that there are plenty of varieties, including popular options like grommet, tongue top, and cafe curtains. CafĂ© curtains usually cover only the lower part of the window, adding style while letting in light. Grommet curtains are usually full length and have loops at the top through which the rod passes. Tab curtains are similar, but use a tab loop instead of a loop. Many people also choose to add curtains – short pieces of fabric that hang across the top of the curtains to cover and hide window treatment components. Choose width and length. The blinds should be wide enough to cover the window, the rod and the stacked back (the space the blinds take up when they are fully opened). However, the blinds themselves should be about 2 to 2 times the width of the window (or 3 times the window width for sheer blinds). The length of blinds and cafe curtains can vary depending on the type of style you want, but full-length curtains should be about 4 to 6 inches more than the distance between the rod and the base of the window. Choose a curtain rod. One of the most popular options is the classic rod, which is attached to the wall with brackets. You can also choose a return rod, which is U-shaped and screws directly into the wall, or a tension rod, which adjusts to fit directly inside the window frame. Tension rods are the cheapest option, but usually only support lightweight window treatments such as cafe curtains. Choose where to install the curtain rods. If you are hanging the curtain, you want the curtain rod to be 2-4 inches above the window frame, leaving enough room for the bottom of the curtain to cover the top of the window frame. For grommet or tab blinds, hang the rod anywhere from 4 inches above the window frame to 6 inches from the ceiling. The higher you hang the rod, the taller the room will look once you add curtains. With cafe curtains, you’ll want to install the pole just above the middle of the window. Make sure to carefully measure and mark where you are going to install your rod so that it is straight. Hang your curtains. If you choose a curtain rod with brackets, you will need to use a drill bit to secure the brackets into the wall at the points you measured and marked. Once the brackets are installed, simply insert the rod through the curtain pocket (either grommets or tab tops) and hang the rod on the brackets. Hem your curtains. Balances don’t need to be hemmed, but for full-length curtains, hem the bottom 4 to 6 inches so that the hem is just below the sill. Leaving the curtains hanging close to the floor can give you an elegant look, but be sure not to pull the curtains when you open and close them. How to hang curtains


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