Are you looking for a way to refresh your space but not sure how? Adding curtains to your windows, especially large windows, can completely transform a room. There’s just one catch – how you hang the curtains will play a huge role in their functionality and visual appeal. Hanging curtains can be daunting if you don’t know what you’re doing. Here are some basics of how to hang curtains like a pro. 

Measuring for Your New Curtains

You will want to begin by measuring your window. Starting with this step allows you to pick the correct length for the curtain rod and the proper curtain panel size and length. After this part is complete, you can shop for what kind of drapes you like. 


Pier 1 suggests that your curtain width should be 1.5-2x the window width to simply cover the window. This will also allow the curtains to create a flowing, gathered effect when they are open and closed. 

Next, add 12” on both sides to ensure enough fullness. This will make the window look larger and allow the fabric to fold clear of the window when the curtains are open. 


The length of the curtains should be at least the distance between the rod and the floor.

Traditionally, curtain rods are hung 4” above the top of the window. You will then want to measure the distance between the rod and the floor. Give yourself at least 5” extra to account for hemming and the curtain header.

Pro tip: Want the illusion of big and tall windows? Hang the curtain rod 6”-8” above the top of the window and extend the rod 3”-6” beyond the window’s frame. 

Additionally, you will want to consider whether the curtain panel has a rod pocket, which causes the curtain to hang shorter. Typically, a good rule of thumb is a bit longer is better so you can account for adjustments. 

Supplies Needed to Hang Curtains

Having the tools and materials you need is essential for a smooth curtain hanging. Decorilla recommends the following for a smooth process:

  • Pencil and notebook: note curtain lengths, widths, and marking anchor points on the wall.
  • Tape measure: measure the height and width of the window and the height of the ceiling. 
  • Sturdy ladder: to safely and comfortably measure and install the curtains at the top of the window. 
  • Safety glasses: to protect eyes from debris during the installation process. 
  • Drill and drill bits: for the curtain rod’s anchor holes. 
  • Stud finder: to locate framing studs in wood walls. 
  • Wall anchors: have enough for each screw, and a few extras – just in case, for securing the curtain rod to the wall. 
  • Clothing iron or steamer: get any wrinkles out of the curtain fabric. 
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  • Curtain rod

Styling Your Curtains Like a Designer

There are three styles of hanging your curtains: floating, grazing, and puddling. 

Finding the right drapery length for your space is “like having a perfect pair of tailored slacks,” states Architectural Digest. With the right dimensions, the room can look put together and crisp. Too long, they can look sloppy; too short, they can look like they are there by mistake. Consider your environment and what will work best for your needs and style. 

Remember that the style and the texture of the fabrics you choose play a tremendous role in how the curtains make your space look and feel. Full curtains are the look to be going for; not enough fabric can make the curtains look lifeless. If possible, order fabric samples before committing. 

Curtains provide so much – they give privacy, light, texture, and color. If you’re getting ready to move and can’t wait to hang your curtains but don’t want to deal with your moving boxes, let the experts at Elite Moving Service Co. help you out. 


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