How to Hang Drapes

By Sabarri Haque , last updated April 8, 2011

Drapes add flair to your window treatments, and learning how to hang drapes is a simple do it yourself project. If you decide to put up your drapes, it is recommended that you have a friend or family member by your side to help you streamline the process. Like with any installation, you should make sure to have the appropriate materials, discussed further below, by your side to make your efforts of hanging your drapes a successful project. In conjunction, it is also essential that you have a clear cut vision of how you want your drapes to function in your space, which will help you formulate an idea of what subsequent parts and accessories you should have beforehand.

In any case, the most important component of hanging your drapes is your curtain rod. You should select one that fits the details of your drapes or the function of the overall window treatment. Measurements in this respect will be important, so scrutinize the dimensions of your windows and try to match the drapes and rods with your wall to the best of your ability. Another way you may evaluate which rod length is best for you by taking the dimensions of the drapes and then matching it to a rod size. Some draperies might be too long, so you should have scissors and measuring tape handy to snip off excess cloth. If that seems cumbersome, then you should take it to a tailor or home and design center, so they can adjust the length of your drapes as deemed necessary. Generally speaking, a thicker curtain rod is better suited to create a more dramatic or visual effect, and the higher you install your drapes against the wall, the more bold and profound your drapery set will seem. Curtain rods have several types; examples of curtain rod types include decorative, concealed, and traverse rods. The installation of the rods vary with the type of rod that you decide to purchase. For the purposes of hanging drapes, you should consider the concealed rod because it is best suited to match the decorative nature of most drapes. To create a multilayered luck or add depth, you have the option of adding layers of rods to create a rippled effect.

After you select the type of rod for your drapes, you should focus on obtaining finials, brackets, and sconces. You will need the brackets to support the rod when you place the rods against the wall. Aesthetically, keep in mind that finials and end caps are the most visible type of drapery hardware. Sconces, meanwhile, are often the most decorative and are available in several creative prints and patterns for you to choose from. To make your drapes seem ordinary, choose curtain rod parts that offer a contrast to your drapes. Also buy accessories, such as rings as you wish.

Once you have all your parts and accessories for your drapes purchased, temporarily put them aside. Focus on perfecting your drapes by ironing out existing ruffles, wrinkles, and folds. Then carefully lay them across a flat surface, such as a bed. Once you have done so, you should hammer in your brackets against the appropriate wall space. Make sure that your brackets are placed in even intervals and are far enough apart to leverage both your rods and your drapes. Secure them with screws and bolts. At this time, it is advised that you have an assistant to double check your work and measurements. Thereafter you should start inserting the opening of the drapes into the rod. If you have a valence to hang, a second rod will be necessary to support the material and it should be placed in front of the main rod.

Along the way, you may need to troubleshoot. A possible problem you may face is knowing how many brackets are actually needed for your window size. As a general rule of thumb, two brackets should be used to support the pole for smaller window and three for more wide window treatments. Two should go on the edge and one should be used for the center. Accordingly, another problem that you may run into is an uneven proportion because of a center bracket. To resolve this issue, you can position the last ring a few inches from one of the edges to create an illusion of an overlap. Diverting, you may also run into a conundrum when you take measurements. Remember to keep it consistent and use the same standard of measurement, whether they are inches or centimeters, throughout the process. This will help ensure that your drapes are level and properly hung.

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