How high to hang curtains?

You can hang curtains at many different heights. I like to hang curtains about 8″-12″ above the window frame whenever possible. This will give the appearance of a taller ceiling and larger window and make your room feel more spacious.

How long should curtains be?

Curtains can be a variety of lengths. Before you determine what the length should be, you need to decide on the style you’re going for. Do you want them to puddle or just kiss the ground?

If you’re going for a puddle look take the distance from the curtain rod to the ground and add 4″-6″ to the overall length. So if the curtain rod is hung at 96″, purchase 100″-102″ long curtains.

For a just kissing the ground look, determine where the curtain rod will be mounted, then calculate the length to the floor. With that said, I like to slide the curtains on, hold the rod up with the curtains attached, mark placement (using a level and pencil), and then install the hardware to ensure the perfect placement.



It’s no surprise that S-hooks are in the shape of the letter S. You’ll usually find them made of metal, but they also come in plastic or wood form. You may be familiar with them because they’re mainly used and work well with holding up shower curtains. However, you can use S-hooks with any curtain that has a buttonhole at the top. One end of the hook is inserted into the buttonhole and the other end hooks over the curtain rod. You’re going to see the hook above the curtain, so you want to find hooks that are attractive and decorative. Be glad to know they come in many colours and a variety of finishes.

TIPS: How to Hang Curtains to Look like Custom Drapes

  • When in doubt, go high. I like to hang my rod six inches above the window. Use a stud finder and wall anchors to ensure your curtain brackets are secure and won’t tilt. In fact, many designers will suggest going all the way up to the ceiling. This lengthens the look of your windows visually!
  • Have the rod extend beyond the bracket. I tend to do 2-3″, not including the finial.
  • 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. A common rule for curtains is that their finished width should be at least 2 times the width of your window for heavier fabrics such as velvet, and 2 times for sheer fabric… though this often applies to formal spaces.
  • Skim, kiss or puddle. Be diligent about your curtain lengths according to your window height. 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.

What About Clip-On Rings?

Clip-on rings are fine, just keep in mind that the clips will be exposed and clearly visible. This creates a larger gap between the rod and drapery than the method mentioned above does.

Draperies with clip-on rings.

Draperies with clip-on rings.


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Step 4: Space Place Clips

The next step is to place your curtain rings along the top of the folded/ironed curtain panel. This time, you do want to use a ruler to make sure your rings are perfectly spaced along the top of the panel. Remember, you want one ring on either side, all the way at the edge. The remaining rings should be spaced evenly in between.

Your curtain panel is now technically hemmed and r

Your curtain panel is now technically hemmed and ready for hanging!

Step 1: Hang Curtains Upside-Down

(This tutorial is going to assume your curtains are too long. If your curtains are the perfect length for your rod (when hung on the rings), you can skip Steps 1 – 3.)

Your first step is going to be to hang your curtains upside-down. (Trust me on this, it will make sense as you work through the tutorial!) At this point, you don’t need to place your clips perfectly, but you do want to space them fairly evenly and use the correct number for your desired pleat number and depth, as outlined above.

NOTE: Please ignore the grommets on the photo below…my panel IS technically hung upside-down because I will be “hemming” the non-grommet side.

Selecting Curtain Hooks for Your Spaces

Curtain hooks help you create the perfect curtains and look for your window. They’re not only aesthetically pleasing but can help you determine the best length for your curtains. You can hang them high, for example, so that your ceilings look taller. It’s important that they’re attached correctly so that they hang right and are strong enough to stay up over time.

Clip rings may be best suitable for your living room, while S-hooks will be a good way to hang a shower curtain in your home. You’ll likely want a different look for your office then you will for your bedroom, so study the differences so you can decide what curtain hooks to secure for the various spaces in your home.

What Size Drapery Rings Do You Need?

There is no set rule on just what size the drapery rings need to be, but it’s always a good idea to think about scale and proportion. A drapery that’s hung 9 feet from the floor may do just fine with 2-1/2-inch diameter rings and a 1-3/8-inch diameter drapery pole. This is what we used for the cream and black drapes above, as well as the light blue Euro pleat drapes pictured at the beginning of this post.

But if the drapery is hung high up in a two-story living room and is a whopping 240 inches long, you may need to upgrade the size of the hardware. The hardware will be further away and harder to see, not to mention that it may look out of proportion compared to the extra long drapes.

More fabric also means more weight that needs to be supported, so the hardware will need to be substantial, too.


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Stop Curtain Rod Shift

Do you ever get frustrated with your curtain rod shifting? If you have working curtains (meaning that you open and close them), you have probably experienced this. Most curtain rods use a screw to merely brush up against the rod to secure it in place.

Drill a hole into the rod and rather than tightening the screw to meet the rod, tighten the screw into the rod. It’s a game changer when it comes to hanging curtains!

If you look at the curtain rod above it had shifted several inches. Now they’re securely in place with just 2″ on each side. (“after” photos coming soon)

I hope you enjoyed these tips for hanging curtains to look like custom drapes! Thanks for stopping by!

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