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Don’t Skip This Quick and Easy Curtain Hanging Tip

July 26, 2023

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We recently hung curtains in Faye’s room (one of the final touches), and I have one easy tip to share anytime you are using curtain rings. But before I get to that, let’s revisit the basics when it comes to curtain hanging.

Curtain Hanging Basics

Shop Faye’s Room

  1. As we covered more extensively in this post, always hang your curtains high and wide to make your space look larger and more grand (and who doesn’t want that?). In Faye’s room, we actually installed the curtain rod all the way up onto the crown. Yes, you can do that!
  2. Make sure your curtains kiss the ground. Unfortunately, most curtains you see in stores only go up to 84″, and for standard 9 ft ceilings, that’s simply too short. You don’t want high-water curtains, nor do you want your curtains pooling on the floor. A gentle kiss will do. This often means you need to order curtains online or have them custom-made.
  3. Use curtain ring clips to elevate the look. This comes down to personal preference, but if you want to dress up your curtains, hang them using ring clips.

Bonus Tip

And if you DO use curtain ring clips, don’t make the mistake of putting all the rings on the inside of the bracket. To anchor the curtain in place, make sure to keep one ring on the outside of the bracket.

Hopefully, this better illustrates what I’m talking about! If your rings are all to the inside of the bracket, then your curtain can be pulled away from the bracket. Keeping one on the outside will anchor one end of the curtain in place so that you can open and close your curtain with ease!

Curtain Rod | Curtain Brackets | Curtain Rings

These custom-made curtains were originally made for Polly’s Modern Cottage room and have since hung in Greta’s room and now Faye’s room. The print is one of my favorites because it’s incredibly versatile and fits with my whole home color palette, and I’m so happy to have found a more permanent place to hang them. Patterned curtains are a great way to add more color and, well… pattern into a space. We put together a round-up of patterned curtains in case your home could use a bit more of either.

1. Shibori Dot Linen/Cotton Curtain $159 (per panel)
2. Arnica Bhotah Floral Curtain $159 (per panel)
3. Woven Michelle Curtain $138 (per panel)
4. Tikal Printed Cotton Curtains $89 (per panel)
5. Ramillies Cotton Blend Semi-Sheer Curtain $38
6. Matilda Goad & Co. Scalloped Curtain $138 (per panel)
7. Adirex Blue Organic Cotton Curtain $99 (per panel)
8. Perla Curtain $138 (per panel)
9. Jinchan Linen Curtains Floral Curtains $41
10. Henrik Curtain $88 (per panel)
11. Darby Curtain $68 (per panel)
12. Maison d’ Hermine Curtains $49 (per panel)

Other Sources

Curtains (custom by Martha & Ash)
Curtain Rod
Curtain Bracket
Curtain Rings
Wallpaper
Crown Moulding
Roman Shades
CLJ x Pottery Barn Kids Turned Wood Bed
CLJ x Pottery Barn Kids Quilt & Sham Set
CLJ x Pottery Barn Kids Sheet Set
Velvet Lumbar Pillow w/ Tassels
CLJ x Pottery Barn Kids Little Flower Table Lamp
Framed Cat Art
Nightstands
CLJ x Loloi Francis Silver/Sky Rug
CLJ x Pottery Barn Kids Turned Wood Dresser

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  1. Linda says:

    Another way to get curtains just the right length is to order the size just too long for your window and then take them to your tailor and check to see he hems draperies. I did that….measured and pinned only one panel and then asked him to hem all the panels that length. Within a week I had pressed and hemmed draperies for $15.00/panel.

  2. Kate says:

    Custom Drapes are always the way to go……..

  3. Janice says:

    I wanted to see how you hang the pleated curtains on rings. I believe it was on a reel or story…now long gone.

  4. Fiona says:

    To properly hang them, and further disguise the bracket you should have the end of the curtain return to the wall with an eye hook.

  5. Susan Highness says:

    What type of pleat did you use for the curtains: into the woods? Love them!

  6. Cristina Diaz says:

    I do the same to leave one or two rings on the outside of the bracket but I do see you put 2 brackets instead of one? Is there a reason for that ?

  7. JD says:

    Alternative to custom curtains – buy them long and then use hem tape to achieve the perfect length! I settled for that solution when I couldn’t find a tailor to modify some curtains I had. It looks great and saved me $$$.

    • Karen Begley says:

      Beautiful! I have a long lasting question though. What about heating vents and fire safety? (in general, not in this room specifically). In every home in my region, the electric heaters or floor vents are put under the windows. So having curtains anywhere near them in a fire hazard. Thankfully I live in the woods and no one really has window coverings except maybe a black out roller blind in the bedrooms for sleep, but curtains would look so good in a couple spots! Any suggestions? Thanks!

      • Cici Haus says:

        That’s generally the exception to the rule. In this case, you should hang them a couple inches off the ground.

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