How to hang drapery on all window styles

Posted Tuesday October 11, 2016

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There's no shame in admitting that some interior décor ideas are not as clear as others. Turns out, we could all use some ideas on how to hang drapery, so here is some advice from your Shademaker window styling expert.

Where we begin: Consider the length and width of the fabric. We want to hang your drapes about 1/4-1/2” off the floor so they don't collect dust and dirt. This draws the eye up, making the room feel larger. For heavier fabrics, like linen, we add another 1/4- to 1/2-inch of spacing, as they will stretch over time.

When it comes to width, you want your drapery to look full - not like a flat sheet - when closed, so we suggest the width of the fabric should be one and a half to two times wider than the window you are covering.

Got all that?

On to drapery hardware! A properly installed drapery pair can make or break a room, so take heed: Our installers ensure that the rod is completely straight and level. If your rod is long, we use three brackets to secure it. If we are not screwing into a wall stud, we use a good wall anchor. Then, we hang the top of your drapery fabric against the bottom edge of your rod. Ta-da!

While proper installation is relatively straightforward for square windows, certain special cases can be tricky, that is why we offer professional installation for all your drapery purchases.

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