How to Hang Curtains to Make them Look Like Custom Drapes

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If money wasn’t a factor, I would have custom drapes made for every room of our home. I love the tailored look. When done right, the look so rich, yet effortless. Unfortunately custom drapes can be so expensive, but today I’m sharing tips on how to hang curtains to get the look for less.

A few months ago I was so frustrated that I enlisted help. I had still spent a small fortune on ready made curtains for the girls’ rooms and they just looked blah. A friend of mine put me in touch with a gentleman who came over and showed me what I was doing wrong. The idea was there, but my execution fell short. We had used drapery hooks and clips, but to my surprise a few too many. Here’s what I learned…

How to hang curtains:

  • Clips should be hung approximately 4″ apart to offer a beautiful fold. But, that first clip doesn’t hang on the rod. how to hang ready made curtains to look like custom drapes
  • There’s no better way to get a custom feel than to wrap the ready made curtains – around the window! That’s right, add a screw to the wall and attach a drapery pin to the curtain and to the wall. tips for hanging curtains tips for hanging curtains how to hang ready made curtains to look like custom drapes
  • Insert your fingers into the fold as you would gloves and pull away from the wall for a pretty fold. how to hang curtains to pleat pretty

These tips made all the difference in the world. Here are a few of my favorite tips to hang curtains that I live by:

  • When in doubt, go high. I like to hang my rod 6″ above the window.
  • Add at least 10″ to each side of the window. It will make your window appear larger.
  • Use wide panels. A good rule of thumb is at least 50″, but for large windows I like to use 100″ wide panels. This will make them feel full.
  • Skim, kiss or puddle. Hang curtains to skim 1/2″ above the floor for a casual look, 1″ longer than the floor for a kiss or 8+” longer for a puddle {I tend to puddle mine}.
  • Steam. This is my least favorite rule, but it makes a world of difference in how curtains lay and can offer a more custom appearance.

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I hope you enjoyed these tips to hang curtains to look like custom drapes! Thanks for stopping by! You can see more of our home {decorated for fall} here!

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