When it comes to hanging curtains in your home, there’s a lot you need to get right. Hung correctly, curtains are a wonderful complement to any room’s decor. Hang them incorrectly, and curtains look like a haphazard mess.
Sometimes, knowing what you should do isn’t particularly beneficial when it comes to hanging curtains. It’s easy to understand what you should be doing, after all – you should be hanging them neatly and levelly. However, this is far easier said than done, and sometimes, it’s best to focus on what you shouldn’t do. By avoiding the pitfalls below, you can be sure you’re avoiding the biggest mistakes people experience when hanging curtains – which should, in turn, give you the best chance of success…
Do not… try to be scarce with fabric
While by no means expensive, curtains are rarely cheap (and if you do find a cheap pair, be extremely sceptical of them!). The reason for the expense is primarily the fabric. To try and bring costs down, it can be tempting to opt for a smaller amount of fabric; for example, buying a drop that is a few inches shorter or narrower than what you ideally need. It’s important to note that this tactic will not work, and the finished look will be severely compromised by the reduction in size.
Ultimately, the amount you spend on curtains is like anything else in life – you get what you pay for. When well made, curtains will last for years, so try to see them as an investment. You will achieve far better aesthetic results if you use made to measure curtains that suit your window size exactly. You’ll be able to get your money’s worth, too, as they will last you for many years to come.
Do not… try to make an incorrectly-sized rod work
If you eyeball the width of the rod you need for your curtains, you will almost certainly be in for a surprise when you try to fit the curtains – the rod will be too big or too small. If this happens, the best thing to do is to return the rod you have bought and opt for the correct size. Sometimes, it can be all too tempting to just try to make it work with the incorrect rod.
This is a mistake. The size of the rod will dictate the way the curtains drop and, most importantly, the overall finished aesthetic. If the rod size isn’t suitable for the window, then return it and start over. This is an inconvenience, but it’s better to rectify this situation rather than lose time trying to hang the curtains on a rod that isn’t, and never will be, suitable.
Do not… try to hang curtains alone
Curtain rods are generally fairly light, so it can be tempting to think that you can manage the task alone. If you’re a real DIY pro, you may succeed, but otherwise, solo curtain hanging is highly unlikely to produce good results. You’ll need at least one other person to hold the rod in place while you mark and then drill the necessary points along the wall. Always ensure you have a friend or family member on hand to help you out.
By avoiding the above errors, you can be confident that your mission to hang your new curtains will be successful. You can then sit back, relax, and enjoy how your fantastic new curtains complement your room.