Where to hang a drapery rod can sometimes be a tough call. The placement of your rod can create the visual illusion of higher windows and ceilings. If, however you have more than 12 inches between the top of your window and the ceiling or crown molding, this visual illusion doesn’t work as well because the eye will zone in on the exposed wall and it will highlight the distance between the ceiling and the top of the window, and it will feel obvious that you are trying to cover a mistake – small windows.
If your ceilings are low (less than 7 feet) consider hanging the drapes at the ceiling to create the illusion of height.
Here are some other general rules:
- If there is less than 12 inches between window molding and ceiling or crown molding, hang the drapery rod directly below the ceiling or crown molding.
- This will help make the ceiling look higher.
- If you have gorgeous window molding, leave them exposed and hang them at the bottom of the molding.
- Drapes that perfectly touch the floor clean, straight across work well in modern spaces. A professional measure works best especially if have uneven floors. You don’t want to hem them twice!
- Kissing the floors (1-2" puddle) is a more forgiving application and helps to disguise uneven floors.
- A serious puddle (12-24 inches) works in traditional spaces or in rooms that have a glamorous design – they’re like a ball gown for the floor. If you like this style, remember that they can become a trip hazard and get dirty especially when hung in front of patio doors.
And a few tips on hemming:
- Whether it’s a sewn hem or a taped hem, it’s best to hang them; measure them at the length you want, mark them and then take them to a flat surface (e.g. Countertop).
- Double up the hem – this means if you want it to be 6” shorter then fold at 3” and then 3” again, or if you want 8” then fold at 4” then 4” again, etc. This gives the drapery panels the proper weight you want in drapes.
- If your drapes require a 14” hem or more, take them to a professional seamstress for assessing potential cutting.
When choosing window treatments, it’s wise to take their “shading coefficient” into consideration. The shading coefficient is a measure of the ability of the window treatment to reduce the solar heat gain. The lower the number, the less solar heat will enter your home and the lower your cooling or heating bills will be. Honeycomb cell shades and wood or faux wood blinds are better at energy conservation than roller shades or aluminum blinds.
Linen is actually from the flax plant and is one of the most historic, long lasting, and durable fibers. When used on upholstery, choose one that has a particularly tight weave so the abrasion resistance is better.