6 Ways of Styling Drapes That Maximize your Window

Decorating a home – Drapery

Everything you need to know about selecting the right size drapes, their fabric, how to hang, and style them to make your window look larger.
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Getting the proper-sized drapes makes your windows feel and look a lot larger, rather than those that are not fitted for your space. This can make the entire space feel larger and brighter when the drapes are properly sized. Having curtains that do not match the size of the window can greatly impact the perspective of a room. Whether they are oversized and block too much light, or too short and make the room look smaller, a poorly sized curtain is not good for any space.

Here is How to Hang Curtains the Proper Way

  1. Choose your Fabric (below is a list of the most common ones)
  2. Gather all of the supplies you need.
  3. Thoroughly measure and make accurate marks.
  4. Make certain to examine everything.
  5. Carefully drill your holes to match the size of the rod.
  6. Then set up the rods

And you have successfully hung your curtains the right way!

We have developed a comprehensive step-by-step tutorial on how to hang drapes; however, today we are going to explain where to hang your drapes, so they’re the ideal height. Therefore, you can avoid making the same mistakes that plague so many beginners. Understanding how a set of curtains can impact the perspective of a space is so important. Installing your curtain rods at the proper height ensures that you are maximizing the view of the space.

Hanging the curtain rod within the same space as your window is a common novice mistake. You want to be sure that you are hanging the rod well above the top of the window. You also want to be sure that you are extending the rod past each of the window’s ends. By extending the height and lengths of the rod and the curtains you are creating more space within the view. This gives the illusion of higher ceilings, wider windows, and more light.

So, how wide should you hang the curtain rod?

Prior to finding out the length that the drapes should be, you will need to determine where to hang the rod. The best place to hang the curtain rod is at least 12 inches, past the window – on both sides.  This is suggested on nearly every window since this will let the curtains to drape down to the floor without disturbing the light of the window. Adhering to this guideline ensures that the illusion of size for each window is maximized.

Changing the height of the rod makes the windows, and space, appear taller. Another thing to pay attention to is where the hardware is placed concerning the rods and drapes. After your rod is installed, add one drape clip to the outside of the hardware and have the remaining drape clips on the interior of the rod. This will ensure that the drape does not get pulled to the middle of the window and will keep an even look when they’re drawn closed.

drapes rod dropes about 6 Inches

So, how high should you hang the curtain rod?

Maximizing the rod’s height is the very best method to enhance the visual height of your area and make the ceiling appear higher than it is. Rather than hanging the rod right above the top of the window, the rod ought to be hung much higher than the casing. Place the rod as close to the ceiling as possible to create the greatest illusion of height. We determined the best spot to be about 6 inches from the ceiling; however, anywhere from 2-6 inches works just as well.

A matching, subtle rod works very well; however, a contrasting color is a great way to add character to the room. The greater and broader the rod, the more distinctive the room appears. We like to think of the curtain rod as the eyeliner of the space since it adds a touch of black. This small touch is just enough to call attention to the window and everything else within the space. Don’t worry if you don’t have much black within the space, the curtain rod will add the right amount of “pop”. Consider your drapes to be hung perfectly.

drapes hung right

How long should your drapes be?

As soon as you hang the curtain rod, or decide where the rod will be hung, then you can determine how long your drapes ought to be. Pro tip: do not choose the curtains that look like bell-bottoms! You want your drapes to simply be “kissing” the floor, although some prefer a bit of puddling and the end – which occurs when the drapes are a little longer and pool on the floor. Whichever way you prefer, just make sure that your curtains aren’t too short. This may mean that you have to buy very long curtains, which is fine because they are relatively easy to hem.

drapes hung wrong

Which poses the question – How do you hem drapes?

Once again, consider how elegant and classy curtains look when they properly fit the space! Unfortunately, not all drapes will come with the precise length that you require. So, you might be required to hem them so that they are the best height for your room.

Here is a video that will explain how to do so…enjoy

You can also get them hemmed at most dry cleaners or tailor them yourself, either way will work. A dry cleaner is certainly a lot easier; however, it can be costly and requires you to measure the space beforehand. This can lead to errors in the finished length of your drapes.

The DIY choice requires more of your time; however, it is a lot more cost-efficient. The good news though, is that you do not need to know how to stitch in order to hem your drapes. There are many resources and online tutorials that demonstrate how to hem your own drapes. A quick lesson on how to complete your next DIY project will have your curtains fitted and ready to hang in no time!

An easy guide to hanging curtains for all types of window spaces!

1. Stationary Panels

Stationary Panel

With this design, the drapes remain in place and do not function as curtains that can open or close. If you are concerned about your privacy or controlling the amount of light that enters the space, you can install a set of blinds or shades, as well. We suggest hanging you’re the rods as near to the ceiling as possible. By doing so, the ceiling gets some added height. For an added dramatic effect, let the drapes puddle, just a bit, onto the floor.

2. Meet in the Middle

Meet in the Middle

If you prefer a more traditional take, make sure the curtain panels come together in the center of the rod. Then pull each side back from the middle of the panel and secure with a tie or decorative ribbon. This is a particularly effective design if you like to modify how much privacy or light a room is receiving.

3. Connected Back

Connected Back

Another way to design your drapes in a space with two windows is to pull both curtains to one side and secure them in place with a tie. The second window should mimic the design of the first, much like a mirror image. For instance, if the left drape panel is drawn to the left, then the right panel should be drawn towards the right.

4. Faux Valance

Faux Valance

For something completely unique that works for spaces such as a bathroom, half-bath, or a baby’s room, try a single panel on a tension rod and pull it as far as possible to give the illusion of a valance.

To get this appearance, carefully pleat or fold the panel, beginning at the hem, then hold the folds securely with a ribbon. Wrap the ribbon around the pole and connect the two ends. Position the drape up until you get a mild curve in the middle. The length of the valance can be as long or as brief as you would like. Cut the ribbon at the proper length.

5. Include Clip Rings

Clip Rings

A rod pocket drape is flexible. While it can be held on its own, you can include drape clip rings for a more loosely-tied appearance. This casual design is best in a living-room, dining-room, or bedroom. The rings merely clip onto the top of the drape and slide conveniently on the rod for simple opening and closing. If the drape rod is too expensive, utilize a baton or wand. A baton keeps you from pulling on the panels, so it protects them from wear and tear.

6. Include a Contrasting Color

Contrasting Color

Combining colors that contrast adds texture, character, and more interesting space to look at. Layered drapes work well in a dining room or living space when you wish to manage the light for space. The very best part of this DIY project is that it requires no sewing, so anybody can design their tailored drape design. When you are tired of the old appearance, reorganize your drapes into something completely brand-new.

Common Drapes Fabrics

Silk Drapes

What could be more enchanting than silk drapes? They look like royalty and give a traditional and rich look to your room. Richness and exuberance flows with this material.

Striped silk gives a dual effect and shine in two colors when lights come on. It shimmers in two shades. If the stripes are of different color then you have the privilege of another glowing color. Stripes in the same color or darker hue are mostly preferred as they blend in with the décor of the house.

You can also settle for textured silk. They are thick and give that solid look. Partnered silk is another outstanding option as the pattern makes the drapery look lively and gives a look that is definitely a class apart. These fabrics are classic and every designers delight. Silk draperies come in a variety of colors and you can choose the one which best suits your interior design. In case you are a little confused you can always seek expert advice. So if you want to brighten you house with a fabric then silk is the rich choice.

Velvet Drapes

Velvet drapes are another classic statement for your home. The material is so rich and soft that it automatically draws the attention of your guests. Velvet drapes are luxuriant and heavy which helps keep the light out and the heat in. If you are staying in part of the world where warmth is really needed, velvet drapes are the best option for you.

Velvet refers to the soft furry coverings on deer’s antlers and velvet effect material is produced from woven fabrics made with cotton or man-made fiber such as polyester. Velvet has a soft deep pile which feels almost furry when you brush your hands over it and gives depth and richness to the color with a strong contrast between light and dark. Velvet drapes are ideal for bedrooms as once they are drawn they keep the room completely dark. Although the material is heavy it flows like a cascade of water.

 Window Drapes

Window drapes should be such that they should keep the light and heat outside at the same time as looking beautiful in the room. There are various fabrics which are used for window drapes such as cotton, silk, velvet, linen and other synthetic materials.

 Drapes should be such that they should complement the look of your room. They should be easily washable and should require little maintenance. Two sets of window drapes should be maintained, one for regular use and the other for occasional use. Drapes can be ordered from tailors who specialize in them or they can also be made at home if you are able to sew.

About Drape Headings

A curtain heading is the top piece of the curtain that attaches to the curtain track or rod. There are many types of curtain and drape headings and they are created, usually, by the application of a heading tape and a draw cord. Here is a quick look at the most common ones.

Drapes Heading Explained


The most common form of curtain heading is the standard one. It comprises of a one inch tape that is gathered up into a narrow, even heading. This is most often used for informal curtains and in hidden areas, under valences and behind pelmets for instance. When employing this method of curtain heading on net curtains or sheer, lightweight drapes a synthetic tape is available thus ensuring that a reinforced curtain rod is not required.

The standard form of curtain heading is generally used on dormer windows and cottage windows. It only uses one and a half times the width of the curtain and so is extremely economical on materials

Pencil Pleat

The pencil pleat is employed where there is no valance or pelmet and it gives a pleasant finish at the curtain header. Most interior decorating styles will be enhanced by this form of drape heading, especially modern ones. Remember to allow about two and half times the width of the window in fabric to allow the pleats to present themselves nicely.

French Pleat

This style of curtain heading is sometimes referred to as the French pleat. It is often used with extra stiffener in the fabric to produce full, regular folds in heavy fabric, velvet for instance.  As with the pencil pleat it is important to allow at least two and a half times the width of the window in fabric to allow the pleats to achieve their fullness and to give a pleasing effect. The pleats are usually fanned across the window and have a button sewn to the bottom of each one.

Cartridge Pleat

This is often called a goblet pleat and takes it’s name from the goblet shape that is formed in the top of each pleat. This shape is held by stuffing polyester or tissue paper into the top of each pole to help the curtain retain it’s shape. It is most usually used in formal settings where the curtains are full length and have a very formal feel to them.

Slot Pleat

As the name suggests this is simply a pleat formed by cutting slots in a cased header tape to feed a pole through. It can be improved by allowing a quantity of curtain to stand above the header tape. Once again ensure that you leave twice to three times the length of the opening to give a pleasing finish and to allow the pleats to stand up.

Puff Ball Heading

This is a very impressive curtain heading that is more simple to achieve than you might imagine. You employ the same method as for a slot pleat, allowing at least 12 inches of fabric above the slot. The curtain is then fed onto the pole and the excess above the header tape is simply balled up into a puffball shape.

Whichever curtain header you decide to use you can be sure that a little time and effort will impress visitors who look into and out of your windows.


The decision will be all just a question of your personal taste and wants. Your drape selection will be based on how hot or cold you want the room to be. As well as the amount of light you prefer in your room. The material, style, and color are just your final selections.

Keep in mind that window drapes & coverings define the style of your room. The more details are added (pleats, swags, valences), the more your room will look formal.

While fewer chosen elements in your window treatment the simpler or more rustic the total effect will be.

Hopefully this post helped you to make some sense out of the available window drape Jungle…if not feel free to post questions or comments below. Thanks for reading and sharing…JK  🙂

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