7 Designer Tips to Draping Your Windows Beautifully

Here are 7 fabulous designer tips to taking your window decor from drab to fab!

Before we start, do you know the difference between curtains and drapes? Often we see these terms being used interchangeably but they are actually two different things! 

Curtains are made of unlined, lightweight, usually sheer fabrics and are used to filter out light rather than to darken the room completely. Curtains can look stylish and effortless alone or paired with almost any other type of window treatment.

Drapes are very similar to curtains. The only differenc is that drapes are made from thicker, lined fabrics that block light very well making them a great choice to control light or privacy in a room.

Even though these two are different things, pairing them works well because you get both functionality and style together with this combo. 

1. Measure Your Windows

If there’s one thing we can emphasize when it comes to window treatments is to measure, measure and measure again. 

You don’t want to get caught spending so much in window treatments to only have it not fit your window properly in the end. 

Most people underestimate the amount of fabric they need for drapes or curtains. A helpful tip to estimate approximately 2.5 times the width of your window for the length of fabric you need for that window’s drapes. Of course the length may vary a bit depending on the material you are using for your window coverings and how well it drapes

For example, if you are using velvet drapes, you will likely need a little less fabric than let’s say sheer curtains because sheer curtains need more volume to give you the look and feel you’re after.

2.The Higher the Better

This is the key to making any space feel more spacious! If you don’t have big windows, why not create the illusion of big windows? Try hanging your drapes at least 6 to 12 inches above the window frame, or install your hanging hardware as close to the ceiling as possible.

You should also extend your curtain rod out three to six inches on either side of your window frame. This will give a majestic feel to the window and make your window look bigger. When the windows in a room appear bigger, it gives a sense of luxury and elegance to the room.

3.Take Them to the Floor

For a more tailored and elegant look, drapes should be taken right to the floor. Never hang them up to the windowsill.  You want your drapes or curtains to kiss, hover, or make a puddle on the floor. 

The kiss is when the length of your curtains is long enough to slightly touch the ground.    

The float, on the other hand, is when the bottom of the curtains stop about 1 to 2 inches above the floor to create a “floating” look.  

The Puddle length is when your curtains length is a couple extra inches longer than the curtain rod to floor length which results in a puddling effect of the curtains on the ground. 

4.Layering is Key

Designers almost always use at least two window treatments for every window to help balance privacy and to control the amount of light allowed into the room. 

Typically, a roman shade, a set of blinds or sheers will be paired with drapes that have a much heavier presence. Not only does this allow for ultimate functionality, but it boosts style and character in the space, turning the window into a design focal point!

5.Choose Your Fabric Wisely   

When it comes to window coverings, we can’t stress enough how important it is to choose the right fabric. 

For example, if you are trying to create fresh and airy space, the right options might be light and airy materials like sheer, semi-sheer, cotton or linen drapes to add to the feeling of lightness. 

Contrastingly, if you are looking to create a more luxurious, cozy space, you may be more inclined to use a heavier fabric like velvet or wool. 

6. Find the Right Type of Hardware 

The hardware you use to hang your drapes is just as important as the drapes themselves! Think of the drapery hardware as the jewellery that provides just the right finishing touch to your room. 

Curtain rods, rings, and other drapery accessories come in all sorts of finishes and styles. Make sure you choose according to the style and overall design that will give your room a sense of continuity. 

7. Keep it Simple

Too much of anything is usually a bad thing, and window coverings are no exception when it comes to keeping things simple. 

Your drapes may be just the right subtle accent you can introduce to your room by way of colour or pattern. 

If you’ve already got too many patterns going on in your space, try keeping your drapes a solid color or shade that blends in with the rest of the room. 

These are our tips to beautiful window coverings that will up your style game at home. Got questions? Feel free to ask us or start a project with us! We’d love to help you get started on your path to a beautiful, inspirational home!


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