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Are You Hanging Curtains the Right Way? Do’s and Don’ts in Curtain Placement.

Curtains are used for both functionality and aesthetic purposes. They offer privacy, control the glare or light entering the room and obstruct drafts. All types of curtains can do this for you-but how you hang the curtains is what can transform your home’s decor.

In this article, we will cover 5 common questions about hanging curtains and the do’s and don’ts in curtain placement in your home.

Should Curtains Touch the Floor?

In decorating 101, curtains should be long enough to touch the floor. Avoid having them sweep the floor because you are likely to trip on them. Additionally, when they are too long or too short, they look awkward.

Don’t do this:

hang curtains the right way
Curtain not long enough.
Too long and hazardous.



Do this instead:

Allow your curtains to gently kiss the floor.
The best look for really high quality fabric.



To achieve the ‘kiss‘ look, you need to measure the rod accurately and make sure to include in your measurements the rings/clips/hooks. Whereas to get the ‘puddle‘ look, add a half of an inch to an inch of extra material to your curtains so that the drapes won’t just cut off when they reach the floor. More on how to achieve the perfect puddle and the different types can be found here.

When you’ve got the height of the curtain figured out, then you’ll be able to avoid making one of the most common interior design mistakes – hanging your curtains either too low or not high enough. Click here to learn more on common interior mistakes that we make.

Where should curtain rod brackets be placed?

Your bracket should be 4 to 6 inches above the window frame and 3 to 6 inches outside the frame on each side. You can use a measuring tape (foot) or cut out a right angle shape from a piece of card board and use it as your template. This will help you mark your bracket spot and ensure that the rods are not crooked.

Use a tape measure for accurate measurements
Improvise with a piece of cardboard cut in the shape of a right angle



Hanging Curtains Without Drilling

Depending on your style, window treatments and how the frame is set up, you can use command hooks if drilling is not an option.

Some rentals may not allow drilling or tampering with the original structure of the house, therefore command hooks would be perfect for such a set-up.

It’s important to note that the paint on your wall may or may not have an effect on the command hooks. If the hooks keep falling off, then the paint on the wall is the reason the hooks are not able to fully stick. 

For this reason, wipe the wall above the window frame gently with rubbing alcohol. If you wipe it too hard then the paint might come off.

hanging curtains the right way
Command Hook

By now you should have an idea of what kind of command hooks to use when installing your curtain. In that case, here is an article with detailed step by step instructions on how to hang curtains with command hooks. I couldn’t have said it any better.

Hanging Curtains with Hooks and Rings

Printed Curtain


This is one of the most common methods of hanging curtains. Put rings over the curtain rod and make sure to place the hooks in the pockets of the tape at even intervals. 

Place 2 rings on the outside of the bracket between the finial and the bracket. According to ZDesign at Home, this helps the curtains to have a more polished look.

In case you are wondering, finial is the piece of curtain hardware that attaches to the end of a curtain rod. 

Hanging Curtains on Windows with Decorative Molding

This may seem tricky, but it is do-able. If your crown molding is all the way up to the ceiling, position the rod directly underneath the molding.  Most rod brackets extend past the window trim/decorative molding. So I wouldn’t be too worried about this.

Measure a few inches down from the molding to where you’ll position the rod. This will give it a tall effect and will have you drawing your eye up. You don’t want the curtain rod be level to the wall. This is because, if the rod is level and the molding is not, there will be a visible gap.

You may also want to measure and extend the curtain rod 6 to 8 inches past the window edge – this allows your window to look large when open.

Hanging curtains with molding


In summary, here is a hanging curtain guide from Emily Henderson that I found to be very useful and straight to the point.

hanging curtains the right way
Emily Henderson’s Curtain Guide


What to consider before hanging your new curtains;

  1. Always measure the windows and allow room for adjustments. This will save you a 2nd and a 3rd trip back to the store.
  2. If you’re going to ready-made curtains, then make sure that they reach the floor. We’ve seen how awkward short curtains look. Whereas, if you are going the custom-made route, then purchase enough fabric for your curtains height.
  3. You may want to consider ironing your curtains before hanging them. 
  4. Always take into consideration the style of the rod/curtain box and how the curtains will compliment them.
  5. Depending on how much light you want to let in, keep in mind the type of fabric before buying the curtains.

We hope this article has covered your basic curtain questions. If not, let me know in the comment section below and I’ll see how best to help. Now you can stop feeling overwhelmed about hanging curtains and get started! 

As always, keep it Manjano Zuri for all your design needs, tips and inspiration.

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