It’s so easy to hang your curtains incorrectly. I remember feeling like spending a fortune on curtains in my first home (it shows FAST). I bought curtains the size of my windows and they looked … awful. But when I realized my mistake, it was too late. It felt too expensive and a waste to fix my curtains that were too small. So I lived with them until I moved out. Don’t let this happen to you!
In this post, I’ll show you how to make your windows look bigger and get the great looking curtains at affordable prices. There are so many little tricks you can use and by the end of this post you will receive your Curtain Expert Merit Badge. OK, really, you can easily save Hundreds of dollars!
How to find out which curtain size you need:
As a rule of thumb, you want to hang your curtains wide and high. The best place to hang your rod is on the wall between the ledge of your window and the ceiling trim. Here is a sketch to illustrate the difference that hanging curtains that are wider (and taller) can make on the overall look and feel of the room. It can make your windows appear a lot bigger.
Where to buy curtains:
I understand it’s tempting to run to Target, but the curtains they sell are often too short for most rooms and make your windows appear smaller. It’s really difficult to walk into the store and find curtains and all of the hardware that many windows require. Even a place like Target can find more sizing options online. For this reason, I mostly buy my curtains online. My favorite places to shop for curtains are West Elm and Anthropologie, and to save up, I tend to go for options from Amazon and IKEA.
My personal favorites:
Here is a list of all the curtains and hardware that I keep using.
Linen Curtains / Gold Holdbacks / Poles / Rings (you need seven rings per curtain panel)
Velvet blackout curtains (for bedrooms) 1, 2
-My favorite splurge: velvet curtains and pompoms.
I hope this post is a helpful starting point for properly hanging curtains and making your windows look bigger. Let me know if you have any questions in the comments. xx- Elsie
Credits // Author: Elsie Larson. Photography: Amber Kelly. Photo edited with A Color Story Desktop.