How to Hang Drapes

Blue and white living room

Every designer knows that a good pair of drapes can instantly take a room from blah to beautiful. Drapes add impact through the use of color, pattern, texture and decorative details. And when hung right, they can give the illusion of height in a room, visually widen a window and let in huge amounts of light. You don’t have to be an expert to know how to hang drapes. Get the basics with our easy tips below.

Hanging drapery panels using pin hooks

Measure

First you’ll need to take a few measurements to determine the size of your curtain rod and panels. Generally, it’s more visually appealing to hang the rod on the wall above and outside the window molding. Drywall is also easier to repair and paint than wood molding should you decide to change the look of your window down the road.

Using your tape measure and the suggestions below, you can measure out and up from the window frame, making light pencil marks to show where you want to hang your rod.

How to hang curtains and drapery

Width: To make the window feel grander and to let more light in, add 3 to 6 inches beyond the window frame on each side.

If you plan on closing your curtains, choose a panel width that is two to two-and-a-half times the width of your window. A lightweight sheer fabric might require more fullness, while a heavier fabric like velvet or chenille might require less fullness (no more than twice the width of your window). However, if you’re hanging drapes just to frame the window, you can round down one to one-and-a-half times the width.

Length: To draw the eyes upward and to give visual height to a room, add 4 to 6 inches above the window frame. Or, you can measure halfway between the top of the window and the ceiling.

To determine what length panels you need, measure from the floor up to where you plan on hanging the rod (your pencil mark), then round up to the closest panel size. It’s better to have to hem them a bit than to have curtains that are too short — the fashion equivalent of wearing high waters.

Drapes that just hit the floor or hover above no more than a half inch creates a crisp, classic look. For a slightly more casual feel, let the drapes float down past the floor 2 to 3 inches. However, if you’re going for all-out romance that also reads more formal, you can puddle your drapes on the floor; just add 4 to 6 inches to your measurement. Of course, if you’re hanging café curtains in a kitchen, bathroom or child’s room, measure from the bottom of your windowsill up to your height mark.

Once you’ve determined how high and wide you want to hang your rod, use a level or measure up from the floor on both sides to ensure that your pencil marks are level. Then you’re ready to install your curtain rod hardware and curtains using the manufacturer’s instructions.

Acrylic drapery hardware and rods from Ballard Designs

Accessorize

Much like jewelry, you can use decorative rods with finials, brackets and tiebacks to dress your windows up or down. Changing your accessories and experimenting with different looks is a budget-friendly way to update your style. For example, using tiebacks can help bring lots of light into a room while creating a swooping effect with the panels pulled to the side. Rope tiebacks introduce natural texture while a simple ribbon tieback can add a pop of color. Just remember, if you use a wall mount tieback or rosette to tuck your curtains behind, install it on the wall two-thirds of the way down the window — and match the finish to your hardware.

Bold drapery trend from fashion to rooms

Get Creative

Drapes are more than just window coverings. You can always repurpose old curtains or get those new ones you’ve had your eyes on and use them in another way.

If you struggle with a small storage space in a bedroom, office, kitchen or bathroom, take the door off and hang a pair of curtains instead. Café curtains hung from a tension rod are great for concealing an under-sink cabinet. For a closet or pantry, drapes mounted slightly wider than the door make the space look big and offer easier access to every shelf. An added bonus? You get another opportunity to inject your space with a fun graphic print or color.

Canopy-inspired bed created with sheer linen drapery panels

Of course, curtains are perfect for defining spaces and creating privacy in large rooms, like a loft or even an outdoor porch, while still letting light filter through. Get creative by hanging drapes from a DIY wire or jute string, or you can install a metal curtain track.

Horizontal striped curtain panels

Browse our drapery panels, or pick our the ideal drapery hardware for your space.

Have your own ideas on how to hang drapes? Please share them in the comments below. And for even more ideas and inspiration, check out our Drapery board on Pinterest.

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121 Comments

  1. Reply

    Christine Bell

    October 6, 2017

    I want ready-made drapes to hang right up to top of our 9′ high ceilings. Which length drape with which type rod will achieve this please?

    • Caroline McDonald
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      Caroline McDonald

      November 22, 2017

      Christine,
      This is tricky, but I would recommend ordering the 108″ panels and hanging them as close to the ceiling as possible. They’ll be a little long once you add hardware (probably another 2-3″) so either let them puddle a bit or have them hemmed at your dry cleaner.
      Best of luck!
      Caroline

  2. Reply

    Sherita Thompson

    October 3, 2017

    Hi, I am really bad at decorating. I just purchased a home and would love some help with my dinning room…I would love to do white sheet curtains because it’s gives a very clean look, what is thought? The color of the room is cream/tan and White

    • Caroline McDonald
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      Caroline McDonald

      November 22, 2017

      Sherita,
      We’d be happy to help you! Send us some photos and a description of your dining room using this form, and one of our designers will make some suggestions for you.
      Caroline

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    Nikki

    January 15, 2017

    Hello, I´m having a trouble with my curtains as my window goes from wall to wall and there is no chance that my rod would be wider, do you think it would be a big problem? Or could you please suggest any solution?Thank you
    photo of the trouble window https://i.imgsafe.org/b8e0f5e5bf.jpg

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      Annika Dupree

      June 8, 2017

      Nikki,
      We would love to help you with this design dilemma! We offer a free design service in which our interior designers pick out furniture, fabric, and accessories. Just send in your question along with a picture of the space here, and a designer will reach out to you with your design solution!

  4. Reply

    Janice

    October 23, 2016

    What is the blue gray color on wall in living room??

    • Caroline McDonald
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      Caroline McDonald

      November 15, 2016

      Janice,
      Which room are you referring to? The living room (the first photo) is Benjamin Moore’s White Dove.

  5. Reply

    Angela

    October 18, 2016

    It appears as though you have a choice of either hanging the Essential panel drapes with either drapery rings or using the rid pocket. Is that correct? I love the look if the drapery rings!
    Thank you!
    Angela

    • Caroline McDonald
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      How to Decorate

      October 19, 2016

      Angela,
      Our Essential Drapery Panels can accommodate either a rod pocket or ring CLIPS. There is no plastic thread along the back of our essential panels that work with drapery pins. However, you could certainly buy some pins to thread through the top of the panel. Does that make sense?

  6. Reply

    Kay lingenfelter

    September 17, 2016

    Looking for sheer white or cream color. Want 72in. Long

  7. Reply

    Libby

    September 4, 2016

    But I forgot to ask my actual question. I need help hanging drapes from the opposite perspective. Say I’ve bought several panels of your 84″ drapes. How do I figure out how high to drill the screws? I want the drapes to “kiss” the floor – not puddle, not hang a little bit above, but kiss. That’s some precise math, and that’s what I came to this page looking for!

    The information you’ve shared here is excellent, as usual!

    • Caroline McDonald
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      How to Decorate

      October 18, 2016

      Libby,
      You’re right, it can be tricky to measure just right. It depends what method you’re using to hang your drapes. Are you using ring clips? Are you using a rod pocket? That will change the length of your panels, as the ring clips usually add around 2 inches. Our best suggestion is to thread your drapery panels on the hardware you’re using, then hold the hardware with the panel above your window to see exactly where you’ll need to mount the hardware. Unfortunately there’s no magic trick — just math and measuring!
      Best of luck.

  8. Reply

    Libby

    September 4, 2016

    Ok, I’m going to need sources (links) for the first photo! Love the rug but can’t find it on this website. Also love the curtain/ottoman material! And would it be too much to ask the name of the fabric on the chairs?

  9. Reply

    Kelly

    August 24, 2016

    what fabric did you use for the white sofa in the first picture and then the white dining chairs?

  10. Reply

    Debbie

    July 17, 2016

    I am wanting to buy curtains for my master bedroom, which has 3 windows (middle 46 x 58 1/2) window on each side 22 1/2 x 58 1/2) with a 7″ sheetrock separation. I want to keep the curtains open with sheers in the middle, so 4 panels of curtains and 3 sheers. What style of curtain should I select? I like the inverted box pleat, but I think the windows are too small on the sides and those panels would cover the windows? Should I select 30″ or 48″ wide panels? Double Rod? I am considering Davidson Herringbone Toffee Nylon or Davidson Herringbone Pewter. With those colors, would you put a white or off white sheer? Plain sheer or one with a bit of a design? My walls are painted a leather/taupe color (brown family, but not sure of the exact color). I have some spa, moss green, grey colors in my bedding. My floors are wood. I have accordion style shades on the windows which I plan to keep.

    Thanks for your help

    • How to Decorate Team
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      Caroline @ How to Decorate

      July 25, 2016

      Debbie,
      We would suggest getting a larger width panel as it usually looks nicer when the panels are more full and voluminous. We would also suggest a very simple white sheer with no design underneath your panel. Typically, we prefer a sheer to be simple when it’s being layered underneath another panel.
      Best of luck!

  11. Reply

    Blanca Brandon

    June 28, 2016

    My windows are eleven foot high I was wondering if I were to go with shutters on the bottom part of the window and drapes on the top would that look good?

  12. Reply

    Lisa

    March 25, 2016

    Hi!
    I have three windows in my living room. One 5 feet wide facing east and 2 Windows 2feet wide facing south. I have enough wall space to hang drapes on the big window but now the other 2 p. Can I use long drapes on one of the Windows in a room? All of the Windows have plantation shutters already.
    Thanks for your help!

    • How to Decorate Team
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      Caroline @ How to Decorate

      June 29, 2016

      Lisa,
      This does sound tricky. We suggest hanging drapery panels on the large window, and maybe looking into another window treatment option on the smaller windows. We love the look of both panels and roman shades in a matching fabric!

  13. Reply

    Amber

    February 29, 2016

    Hi, we are building and our living room ceiling height is 18 ft, I want to hang curtains from ceiling to floor and I’m struggling figuring what size diameter of rod we should use. If we go to small it disappears that high but the 3 inch diameter to span 11 ft is extremely expensive… Any suggestions would be great.

    Thanks
    Amber

  14. Reply

    Janice Hardisty

    February 18, 2016

    What is the color of the velvet drapes at the top of the page. I want a rich brown, but I can’t find this color in your velvet collection. Would the “Fog” color be the closest?

    • How to Decorate Team
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      Caroline @ How to Decorate

      February 19, 2016

      Janice,
      Unfortunately the drapes in that photo are a color we no longer sell. We’re so sorry! The fog color is very pretty, but has a silver sheen to it.

  15. Reply

    Dave

    January 26, 2016

    I am trying to figure out how high above the windows and how far down past the window I should go with my curtains my ceilings are cathedral ceilings that are 14 to 15 feet tall can they be up to the windowsill or above the trim please help with any suggestions as I struggle to figure this out thank you so much for your help

    • How to Decorate Team
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      Caroline @ How to Decorate

      February 9, 2016

      Dave,
      We would love to help you solve this problem but without seeing your space, it’s hard to say. Complete this form, and our Design Solutions team can access your space and contact you with suggestions!
      Thanks.

  16. Reply

    Cynthia

    January 11, 2016

    I have a large laundry room with an 8 ft x 8 ft wide open pantry on one side. I would like to cover the open pantry side with drapes but don’t know how many panels I would need and what type of fabric should I look at using
    For drapes. The cabinets are distressed creamy white with dark brown stain in the corners and cracks. Old Chicago brick floors and white walls. My home has a old world decor. Can you help?

    • How to Decorate Team
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      Caroline @ How to Decorate

      February 9, 2016

      Cynthia,
      We would love to help you with your space, but it’s hard to help without seeing your laundry room. If you complete this form, and our Design Solutions team can see your space and contact you with suggestions!

  17. Reply

    Elaine Cerrone

    January 2, 2016

    I have been reading all the Q and A’s, but not finding the answer to my question, which is ……….
    In the very last picture, what is the paint color please ??
    I have a lot of neutral color palette & I am hanging your Bufalo check drapery panels on the SGD’S in the kitchen. I think some color on the walls will break up the neutral/beige look.
    Thanks in advance, Elaine

  18. Reply

    Rosemary

    October 6, 2015

    Hi, I found this super helpful and detailed! When you recommend placing the rod 3-6 inches beyond the window frame on each side, is that where I’d place my bracket? Or just how far the rod would extend? Also, how far above my window can I place my rod where it’s as close to the ceiling as possible but doesn’t look ridiculous? I have 10′ ceiling and have placed the rod 7″ above the window and the ceilings still look too low. I’m trying to give it extra height. Thank you!!!

    • How to Decorate Team
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      Caroline @ How to Decorate

      November 5, 2015

      Hi Rosemary,
      Yes, place the bracket 3-6 inches out from the window frame. As far as where to hang the rod above the window frame, we suggest buying the longest panel length that will fit in your space and hang the panel so the bottom just grazes the floor but doesn’t puddle. Work backwards from there as far as where the hardware needs to go!
      Hopefully that answers your question.
      The How to Decorate Team

  19. Reply

    Denys

    October 5, 2015

    Love this article!

  20. Reply

    judy

    September 23, 2015

    I live in an apartment with a brand new blue sectional, and a swivel matching rocker chair that has green, yellow , white and blue strips. I like the coastal elegant, and airy look (not nautical). I have a large window that I wanted to add draperies and rods but i believe that adding a pattern would make it too busy,so I am thinking solid. Can you help me with rods and drapery? Also my furniture for my entertainment center and desk are white.

    • How to Decorate Team
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      Caroline @ How to Decorate

      November 5, 2015

      Hi Judy,
      We can absolutely help you choose drapery and hardware for your apartment! We actually offer free design services that can help you pick paint colors, fabrics, furnitures pieces, art, rugs, and everything else you need for your space. Simply complete this form and our Design Solutions team will reach out to you. Be sure to include photos of your space so we can give you the most helpful advice and tips!
      The How to Decorate Team

  21. Reply

    G.D.CHANDOLIA

    May 20, 2015

    ENTERY TO BED ROOMS IS THOURGH LIVING ROOM . SHOULD WE PUT CURTAINS ON OUTSIDE THE DOORS OF BED ROOMS HAVING OPENING IN THE LIVING ROOM SIMILAR TO CURTAINS OF WINDOWS OF LIVING ROOM..
    WITH REGARDS.
    CHANDOLIA

  22. Reply

    G.D.CHANDOLIA

    May 20, 2015

    ENTERY TO BED ROOMS IS THOURGH LIVING ROOM . SHOULD WE PUT CURTAINS ON OUTSIDE THE DOORS OF BED ROOMS HAVING OPENING IN THE LIVING ROOM SIMILAR TO CURTAINS OF WINDOWS OF LIVING ROOM..
    WITH REGARDS.
    CHANDOLIA

  23. Reply

    Scentsy Katie

    March 15, 2015

    I have had my eye on your Jacobean floral motif curtains for a while now. I think I’m going to take the plunge and go for it, but I was really struggling with which length would work best in my space. Thanks to this post I learned the 84″ panel I was thinking about is going to look like flood pants in my living room. 🙂 Question, do you offer samples of the fabric so I can see if the colors will work in my space before I purchase?

    • How to Decorate Team
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      Caroline @ How to Decorate

      March 17, 2015

      Yes, of course you can order a swatch! You can do that here.
      Happy Decorating!
      The How to Decorate Team

  24. Reply

    Frances

    February 27, 2015

    I need recommendations for the rod type (material and diameter) I should purchase to hang four of your 108″ Signature Velvet Panels over 132 inches of window width. I’m trying four panels instead of five to see if they are full enough – I don’t want the rod to sag! Also, what rod supports, if any, do you suggest? Thank you.

    • How to Decorate Team
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      Caroline @ How to Decorate

      March 3, 2015

      Hi Frances,
      Thanks for your comment. We would love to help you figure out how many panels and drapery hardware you need. We actually offer a free service where our Design Solutions team will can help you with that very thing! Simply complete this form, and we’ll reach out to you. Don’t forget to include photos of your space with the form!
      We look forward to hearing from you,
      The How to Decorate Team

  25. Reply

    Marilyn

    February 21, 2015

    Just bought gorgeous silk lined drapes for 4 windows (full length) and they are wrinkled. How can I get the wrinkles out without ruining them (heard steaming silk is a no no) and how can I “dress” the drapes (create the beautiful folds in long drapes)? Thank you for your time.

    • Caroline McDonald
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      Caroline McDonald

      November 15, 2016

      Marilyn,
      We suggest using a standing steamer and steaming them from the back!

  26. Reply

    Jane

    February 6, 2015

    Great tips on hanging drapes etc. I am in a dilemma though with radiators under one or two of windows all throughout my home. There wasn’t any info for this. My dining room (trying to redecorate) is used everyday since I don’t have an eat in kitchen (long galley) has three Windows. one stands alone the other two on the same side of room except that one of them has a large radiator underneath that extends way beyond the window frame. Older Tudor home. I want to add some style to the Windows and don’t just want to hang valances or Roman shades. What can I do to add some warmth n charm? Help!

    • How to Decorate Team
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      Caroline @ How to Decorate

      February 6, 2015

      Hi Jane,
      It’s hard to make a suggestion without seeing your space, but we would love to help. Send us photos and our Design Solutions team can come up with a place for you. Simply complete this form, and we’ll reach out to you.
      We look forward to hearing from you!
      The How to Decorate Team

  27. Reply

    Jeannette

    January 12, 2015

    What is the rug in the bottom picture?

    • How to Decorate Team
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      Caroline @ How to Decorate

      January 15, 2015

      Hi Jeannette,
      Thanks for your comment. That is our Bella Rug from Ballard Designs.
      Happy Decorating!
      The How to Decorate Team

  28. Reply

    Mary Dobson

    January 2, 2015

    As a window covering expert (30 years) and now as a Porfessor of Interior Decorating, I was so pleased to read your article. I cringe everytime I read an article that advises mounting every window treatment at the ceiling. Proportion and balance often go out the window ( no pun intended) and my personal pet peeve is that awkward chunk of wall that is framed by the rod and drapes. I would like to share your article with my students.
    Thanks so much, Mary Dobson

  29. Reply

    Jessica Morse

    November 23, 2014

    Can you tell me the paint color of the gray and white room with the mirrors and chandelier, the room pictured under the heading “get creative”?

    • How to Decorate Team
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      Caroline @ How to Decorate

      March 25, 2015

      Hi Jessica,
      This color is Benjamin Moore’s Graystone #1475.
      Happy Decorating,
      The How to Decorate Team

  30. Reply

    Beverly

    November 20, 2014

    I have 14 foot ceilings and my windows are 7’6″ tall, how high should I hang my curtains?

    • How to Decorate Team
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      Caroline @ How to Decorate

      November 21, 2014

      Hi Beverly,
      It’s really a matter of personal preference, so it’s hard to answer that question. Without knowing how high the tops of your windows are it’s hard to say, but we think anywhere from 6-12 inches above the top of the window moulding always looks really nice.
      Hope that helps!
      The How to Decorate Team

  31. Reply

    Cyndee

    November 14, 2014

    I have a 16′ length window on one wall in my dining room. The view is very nice, so I don’t want to cover it. I would like to soften the edges by using a drapery panel at each end.
    – should I run a rod the entire width of the span or
    – should I use two shorter rods at each end.

    I am dealing w/a corner at one end, so I only have enough room (24″) for 1 50 x 96 panel at each end.
    If I go with two rods at each end…
    – how long should each rod be using the one panel?

    Thank you! Cyndee

    • How to Decorate Team
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      Caroline @ How to Decorate

      November 21, 2014

      Hi Cyndee,
      Thanks for your comment. We actually have a design team that can help you with your home, and they should be able to give you some suggestions for drapery. It’s a free service that we offer to all of our customers. Use this form to submit some photos, and our design team will create a design plan for your space. We look forward to helping you!
      Happy Decorating,
      The How to Decorate Team

  32. Reply

    Tania O'Donnell

    November 9, 2014

    Hi! I’m a new homeowner & need some direction in choosing window treatments for my living area. We have a 20ft ceiling with 2 5 ft. Vertical high windows & 2 low windows (same hgt& width) below near near the corners of our room. I put up sheers just on the low windows for privacy but think doing drapes from the ceiling down would be more dramatic, but don’t want to make a costly mistake. Can you help? I can send photos!! Thank you!!

    • How to Decorate Team
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      Caroline @ How to Decorate

      November 21, 2014

      Hi Tania,
      Thanks for your comment. We actually have a design team that can help you with your home. It’s a free service that we offer to all of our customers. They’d be happy to help you choose window treatments. Use this form to submit some photos, and our design team will create a design plan for your space. We look forward to helping you!
      Happy Decorating,
      The How to Decorate Team

  33. Reply

    Jackie

    November 1, 2014

    Can you give me some advice on hanging panels and height? I would like to put panels in our bedroom that are 108″ in length. I have 3 windows. 2 of them are 43″w x 68″l and the other is double window that is 72″ w x 68″l. Our ceiling is 9′.5″ and there is a crown molding that is 25” top of window panel to molding. Trying to figure out how high to hang rod since my panels are 108″ in length. Is this going to be too high? Should I have ordered shorter panels? . I also have the rods …2 that are 48″ expanding to 88 ” and 1 that is 60″ expanding to 108″…is that right?

    Will you let me know? Thank you, Jackie

    • How to Decorate Team
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      Caroline @ How to Decorate

      November 5, 2014

      Hi Jackie,
      We actually have a design team that can help you with your curtain panels. It’s a free service that we offer to all of our customers. Use this form to submit some photos, and our design team will help you sort out all of your drapery and window issues! We look forward to helping you with your space.
      Happy Decorating,
      The How to Decorate Team

  34. Reply

    Olivia

    September 8, 2014

    Where can i find the curtains in the last picture?

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    kelly

    July 10, 2014

    Im interested in hanging the check valance or panels in my kitchen but my window is 67 inches tall. Which size would you recommend and would I hang them half way down the window or at the top? Thank you!

    • How to Decorate Team
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      Caroline @ How to Decorate

      August 4, 2014

      Hi Kelly,

      We totally understand that picking window treatments can be a daunting task, and we would love to help you out! We actually have a design team dedicated to helping customers solve problems in their home, and they would be happy to make some suggestions for your. Go to this page and complete the form (with pictures!), and we’ll have someone from our Design Solutions team create a plan for you!

      Happy Decorating,
      The How to Decorate Team

  36. Reply

    Sarah

    July 5, 2014

    How do you connect the corners?

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      Caroline @ How to Decorate

      October 9, 2014

      Hi Sarah,
      Unfortunately we don’t have any way to connect the corners of our drapery rods at the moment, but we do know this can be tricky! Sorry we can’t be of more help!
      The How to Decorate Team

  37. Reply

    Peggy

    July 4, 2014

    I’m considering the grommeted indoor/outdoor drapery (Sunbrella fabric) and would like to order swatches. The catalog says swatches are available, but I do not see them online with the product information. Please help. Thanks!

    • How to Decorate Team
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      Caroline @ How to Decorate

      October 9, 2014

      Hi Peggy,
      You can find all of our indoor/outdoor fabric here. If you click on the fabric that you’re interested in, you can order a swatch. Hope that helps!
      The How to Decorate Team

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    Kirstin

    April 8, 2014

    We are buying a new home. My dining room and living room are painted SW Agreeable Gray and an accent wall in Mega GRiege. I am looking at the Firenze Embroidered Panel in gray and wonder what you think…

    Is there a way to submit pictures? I have 2 windows the same size, but one has a bench below it and another window in the dining room that is square but it lower…so I have curtain height and curtain rod dilemmas…

    • How to Decorate Team
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      How to Decorate Team

      April 10, 2014

      Hi Kristin,

      Thanks for your comment. We would love to give you some guidance in regards to drapery. Our design services team is always ready to hear your design dilemmas. If you would submit your question through this form, our team will create a plan for you!

      Happy Decorating,
      The How to Decorate Team

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    Melissa

    April 7, 2014

    The top of my window is exactly 96″ from the floor, total ceiling height is 108″…..I like for my curtains to just touch the floor (not a big pool of fabric on the floor). If I use ring clips to hang the curtains will the 96″ Firenze curtains touch my floor and clear the top of the window or would you still suggest 108″ curtains?

    • How to Decorate Team
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      How to Decorate Team

      April 8, 2014

      Hi Melissa,

      The 96″ curtain panels with a 2-3 inch drop from the ring clips should bring you pretty close to the top of the ceiling. We suggest hanging the rod maybe a few inches above the top of the window, somewhere in between the ceiling and the window frame. Be sure to measure the panels though so the you’ll get that floor-skimming look that you like.

      Best of Luck,
      The How to Decorate Team

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    Ann

    March 30, 2014

    I have a double window. Dimensions 63 in H x 75 in wide. 6 in above sill to floor is 89 in. What size panel do I need for this window. I will not be closing the drapes. Thank you.

    • How to Decorate Team
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      How to Decorate Team

      March 31, 2014

      Hi Ann,

      Our design services team would be happy to help you with this decorating dilemma. We actually have an ongoing column on How to Decorate that addresses customer questions! If you’d like to submit your space to our design team, we would love to help come up with a solution. Simply submit to us a photo of your space, as well as a brief description of the issue, using this handy form, and our team will reach out with our best solution!

      We look forward to helping you with your issue.

      Best,
      The How to Decorate Team

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    Mary Ann Tavella

    March 28, 2014

    Hi, I am always worried about where to,drill my holes. I do not want to ruin my woodwork or make wrong holes in the sheet rock, this can be quite a project if you don’t know where to measure. I was raised not to show the top of any wood or a rod. Which do you think looks better.

    • How to Decorate Team
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      How to Decorate Team

      March 31, 2014

      Hi Mary Ann,

      It’s really a personal preference as far as rod placement on your window coverings. If you’d like to add some height to your room or give the illusion that your windows are larger than they are, we suggest raising your rod above the window frame, but again, it’s really a personal preference. If you prefer the look of the rod grazing right at the top of your moulding, then you should stick with that!

      Best of luck, and happy decorating!
      The How to Decorate Team

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    Linda Gearhart

    March 27, 2014

    I have an outdoor patio which has roof only and would like to hang some outdoor drapes. What kind of a rod can I use, the space is 8 feet, from one post to the other? Would a tension rod work for that amount of space? I am not sure you can attach a fixture to the post……thanks

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      How to Decorate Team

      March 31, 2014

      Hi Linda,

      Our design services team would be happy to help you with this decorating dilemma. We actually have an ongoing column on How to Decorate that addresses customer questions! If you’d like to submit your space to our design team, we would love to help come up with a solution. Simply submit to us a photo of your space, as well as a brief description of the issue, using this handy form, and our team will reach out with our best solution!

      We look forward to helping you with your issue.

      Best,
      The How to Decorate Team

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    James

    March 27, 2014

    When outdoor grommet drapery panels are hung. What do you recommend that’s decorative to be used to hold the top portion of the panels in place from sliding in the wind.

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      How to Decorate Team

      March 28, 2014

      Hi James,

      Thanks for your comment. This is a difficult question to answer because we’ve never experienced this problem! Our outdoor drapery panels are actually quite thick and heavy, so the weight of the panels typically keeps the top of the panel from shifting. However, you may have an issue with the bottom of the panels billowing when it’s really windy. We don’t currently have a product that would remedy this issue, but that’s certainly a great idea!

      We’ll let our product team know!
      Thanks,
      The How to Decorate Team

      • James

        April 2, 2014

        Thank you for your reply. I live in Hawaii and we periodically have stronger than usual wind gusts on our expansive outdoor covered lanai area and although we use outdoor drapery panels and tie-backs for each of the twelve archways, like many others I’m a stickler to having every panel draped the same way. I currently use the largest clip you can find at the office supply store and it does the job to keep the top panels in place. I actually hot glued inexpensive glass gems to the black clips which works fine for it’s intended use and with the décor but I was just curious if there was anything out on the market for homeowners and decorators alike.

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    Georgie M

    March 27, 2014

    Where do you find the curtain clip-on holders for drapes? I would like to use drapes as a shower curtain?

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      March 31, 2014

      Hi Georgie,

      You can find clip-on curtain rings on our Ballard Designs site, here.

      Happy Decorating,
      The How to Decorate Team

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    jackie

    March 27, 2014

    Hello, i was wondering if there was someone i could email pictures of my boring family room thay need sine attention including a rug and curtains. im in live with the florenze curtains but nit sure on what color to purvhase. please help! thank u

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      March 27, 2014

      Hi Jackie,

      We would be happy to help you with your family room. Our design services team is always willing to address your decorating problems. Please submit to us a photo of your space, as well as a brief description of the issue, using this handy form. We look forward to helping you!

      Best,
      The How to Decorate Team

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    Linda

    March 27, 2014

    I did not see any allowance for when you have chosen rings instead of rod pockets.
    The measurement has to be included for the drop to determine curtain length.

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      March 27, 2014

      Hi Linda,

      You are correct, we do not suggest allowance for rings over rod pockets. We’re sorry to inconvenience you. We can mention that our ring clips are between 2.5 to 3 inches long, so you can use that number to adjust your desired length!

      Best of luck,

      The How to Decorate Team

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    denise

    March 27, 2014

    So, it’s okay to use drapes and curtains interchangeably? I was taught drapes are a specific type curtain which is lined and primarily hung on a traverse rod. Just curious, not complaining.

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      How to Decorate Team

      April 3, 2014

      Hi Denise,

      Thanks for your comment. You are correct. Traditionally, drapes are a much heavier window treatment and are characterized as hanging from hooks on a rod, rather than a pole pocket for example. Today, most customers use the words interchangeably, so we do as well. But if you prefer to distinguish between the two, we fully support that!

      Happy Decorating,
      The How to Decorate Team

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    Summgardner

    March 25, 2014

    What is the trend for drapery and curtain rods, thin or thick rods with ball finials? It seems both are in style whereas a few years back, most were the wider thicker rods with larger diameter rings, but now it seems smaller rings and thinner rods are in style also.

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      How to Decorate Team

      March 27, 2014

      Hi there,

      It really depends on your space and your own preference, both are equally popular! If you like a little bit more detail and drama, or maybe your room needs a little umph, we suggest a thick rod. If however, you prefer a clean, simple look that isn’t bold, a thinner rod would be perfectly elegant. It’s all a matter of personal preference.

      Happy Decorating!
      The How to Decorate Team

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    Julie

    March 25, 2014

    Help! Our new home has a “Library” room has mahogany stained paneling on the walls and ceiling, old red tiles on the floor and fireplace, and four large windows. We need to have both sun filtering and blackout options for these window treatments. And I have already purchased a sage green and gold rug with touches of red for one half of this long room. What would you suggest for colors of the drapes? I do not want anything too heavy in look, but an afraid of making it too light as well. Thanks!

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      How to Decorate Team

      March 27, 2014

      Hi Julie,

      Our design services team would be happy to help you with this decorating dilemma. We actually have an ongoing column on How to Decorate that addresses customer questions! If you’d like to submit your ‘library’ space to our design team, we would love to help come up with a solution. Simply submit to us a photo of your space, as well as a brief description of the issue, using this handy form, and our team will reach out with our best solution!

      We look forward to helping you with your issue.

      Best,
      The How to Decorate Team

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    Angela

    March 25, 2014

    I have 2 sets of double-width windows in my family room (i.e. 2 singles together). Also have 2 singles that flank the stone fireplace. And they are tall with transoms (at least the illusion of) incorporated at the top. So, very tall window. The room ceiling height is 9.5′. What’s the best way I can use ready-made drapes? I want to use a heavier weight for cutting glare in the daytime and some insulation during the cold.

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      How to Decorate Team

      March 27, 2014

      Hi Angela,

      Our design services team would be happy to help you with this decorating dilemma. We actually have an ongoing column on How to Decorate that addresses customer questions! If you’d like to submit your ‘library’ space to our design team, we would love to help come up with a solution. Simply submit to us a photo of your space, as well as a brief description of the issue, using this handy form, and our team will reach out with our best solution!

      We look forward to helping you with your issue.

      Best,
      The How to Decorate Team

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    kathy

    March 25, 2014

    We just removed heavy plantation shutters from our master bedroom slider door. The glass door leads to our 2nd floor outdoor deck which overlooks a small lake. We need a bit of privacy (we have neighbors) but I don’t want heavy fabric. I want to replace with coastal free flowing panels (thinking indoor-outdoor look that invites the beautiful Florida landscape- in.) What do you suggest for fabric?
    In addition, I don’t want the fabric to puddle on the interior wood floor but to just break a bit, what type of rod and fabric top design do you suggest with a breaking hem?
    Thanks!!

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      How to Decorate Team

      March 27, 2014

      Hi Kathy,

      Our design services team would be happy to help you with this decorating dilemma. We actually have an ongoing column on How to Decorate that addresses customer questions! If you’d like to submit your master bedroom space to our design team, we would love to help come up with a solution. Simply submit to us a photo of your space, as well as a brief description of the issue, using this handy form, and our team will reach out with our best solution!

      We look forward to helping you with your issue.

      Best,
      The How to Decorate Team

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    Melissa

    March 25, 2014

    I have a two corner windows to cover (as shown in the first picture). What hardware is used (if any) to connect the two rods in the corner of the two windows? Thanks!

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      How to Decorate Team

      March 27, 2014

      Hi Melissa,

      Unfortunately, we don’t have any curtain hardware that can be connected to create a corner. We’re so sorry we can’t help out! Best of luck finding a solution.

      Best,
      The How to Decorate Team

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      Jennifer B

      March 30, 2014

      To Melissa about the corner:
      Pottery Barn website has the corner brackets to connect the rods. Just saw them the other day. Hope this helps!

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    Mary Olsgaard

    March 25, 2014

    My windows in the family room are 69 1/2 x 35. What size of how many panels do I need? I have windows
    (2) that size. Should I go down to the floor with that size? I have black leather sofa and some brown
    furniture. What color rods should I use? The windows get afternoon sun so I have a glare. What do
    you think I should use.
    Thank you

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      How to Decorate Team

      March 27, 2014

      Hi Mary,

      Our design services team would be happy to help you with this decorating dilemma. We actually have an ongoing column on How to Decorate that addresses customer questions! If you’d like to submit your family room to our design team, we would love to help come up with a solution. Simply submit to us a photo of your space, as well as a brief description of the issue, using this handy form, and our team will reach out with our best solution!

      We look forward to helping you with your issue.

      Best,
      The How to Decorate Team

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    Yvette

    March 23, 2014

    There are built in bookshelves under 2 of my windows, on either side of the fireplace, and larger window on an adjacent wall. How can I/is it possible to dress all 3 windows without getting custom roman shades on the two with bookshelves beneath? 80’s home, small windows, so would like to extend window dressing to ceiling, which is vaulted…. having trouble with this room. Would appreciate any advice 🙂

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      How to Decorate Team

      March 27, 2014

      Hi Yvette,

      Our design services team would be happy to help you with this decorating dilemma. We actually have an ongoing column on How to Decorate that addresses customer questions! If you’d like to submit your window dressing dilemma to our design team, we would love to help come up with a solution. Simply submit to us a photo of your space, as well as a brief description of the issue, using this handy form, and our team will reach out with our best solution!

      We look forward to helping you with your issue.

      Best,
      The How to Decorate Team

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    Nancy

    March 22, 2014

    How many rings do you use per panel Thanks

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      How to Decorate Team

      April 3, 2014

      Hi Nancy,

      We suggest approximately 5 – 7 depending on how relaxed you’d like the panel to feel. For a more relaxed look, use 5!

      Happy Decorating,
      The How to Decorate Team

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    Judith

    March 14, 2014

    I love the looks of your fringed burlap panels; however, I hate drapes that look sparse when you hang them and I hate when you have to use 3 drape panels to achieve fullness. Do you sell panels that are wider than 54 inches? I want a fuller look than two 54 in wide ones without adding a third or 4th. This is the one thing I hate about buying pre-made panels.

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      How to Decorate Team

      March 27, 2014

      Hi Judith,

      Unfortunately, we don’t sell any curtain panels that are wider than 54″. We do often suggest doubling up on both sides to achieve fullness, but since you mentioned you prefer not to do that, we might suggest having two panels sewed together. You can often have this done by a dry cleaner as it’s a very simple seam. Best of luck achieving the look you’d like!

      Happy Decorating,
      The How to Decorate Team

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    Shani

    March 9, 2014

    I have the Ballard small black check panel with valance. What color rod and rings should I use, black or bronze? Thanks!

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      How to Decorate Team

      March 12, 2014

      Hi Shani,

      Either black or bronze should work well with our check panels, however, we’d say pick the one that is more similar to the other finishes in the room. If you have a few metallics, go with the bronze. If you have any black furniture or accessories, go with the black!

      Happy Decorating,
      The How to Decorate Team

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    Lansha

    February 28, 2014

    Our glass door to back yard is 145″ in width. We are planning to hang drapery over it. The longest width of the rods that I found from your catalog is about 108″. What kind of rods should we get and how should we install them?

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      How to Decorate Team

      March 31, 2014

      Hi Lansha,

      Our design services team would be happy to help you with this decorating dilemma. We actually have an ongoing column on How to Decorate that addresses customer questions! If you’d like to submit your space to our design team, we would love to help come up with a solution. Simply submit to us a photo of your space, as well as a brief description of the issue, using this handy form, and our team will reach out with our best solution!

      We look forward to helping you with your issue.

      Best,
      The How to Decorate Team

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    Marilyn Sperstad

    February 18, 2014

    I like the check drapes, but I am afraid of checks as I have a sofa and loveseat that has mostly greens. I like to cover them, but I paid a lot for the material and the colors do flow nicely. We have to paint our cathedral ceilings in the great room, dining room and kitchen. The great room and dining room are in bright light as I have a cathedral large window in the front (great room) and a sliding window leading out from the dining room. I have been looking at Benjamore paint in fact I have color fans that I have been looking and really mixed up. A designer mentioned golden straw or fenwood or go to the greens, or Horizon gray and Peak’s blue gray? Unless, you have colors you can recommend. My mind is really running on emotions. Thank you. By the way I do not like the clips with snaps as they come off and cheapens the look of the drapes.

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      How to Decorate Team

      March 27, 2014

      Hi Marilyn,

      Our design services team would be happy to suggest some paint color options for you. We actually have an ongoing column on How to Decorate that addresses customer questions! If you’d like to submit your space to our design team, we would love to help come up with a solution. Simply submit to us a photo of your space, as well as a brief description of the issue, using this handy form, and our team will reach out with our best solution!

      We look forward to helping you with your issue.

      Best,
      The How to Decorate Team

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    Amy

    February 17, 2014

    I am struggling to find draperies panels that are long enough to cover my windows and hang above my woodwork as you suggest here. My measurements are 120″ from top to bottom. Any suggestions?
    Thank you!

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    Tracy

    February 10, 2014

    So beautiful. Can you share the paint color? Thanks!

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      How to Decorate Team

      February 10, 2014

      Hi Tracy,

      We recommend Benjamin Moore’s Light Pewter (#1464) or Shoreline (#1471) for the wall color in the top photo.

      Best,
      The How to Decorate Team

      • Yarub Al-Ahmad

        March 27, 2014

        Hello,

        What is the color code in the third picture please? With the white chairs and Surrounding mirrors.

        Looks great

        Thank you!!!

      • How to Decorate Team

        How to Decorate Team

        April 3, 2014

        Hi Yarub,

        Thanks for your comment. The paint color you’re inquiring about it Benjamin Moore’s Graystone #1475.

        Happy Decorating,
        The How to Decorate Team

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      Darlene Beaudry

      October 12, 2014

      The last picture can you tell me what the drapes are product number and color?

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