How to hang curtains

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How to hang curtains

Knowing how to hang your curtains correctly is important. With many different curtain tracks and styles of curtain poles, it can be a little bit trickier than most homeowners imagine. However, there is no need to worry, as we have got you covered. In this guide, we are going to take a look at how to hang curtains properly so you can be sure that your made to measure curtains look beautiful and last for years to come.

Hanging different styles of curtains

As mentioned, there are a lot of different styles of curtains to choose from nowadays. With that being said, we are going to take a look at how to hand some of the most common types of curtains, to begin with.

Pinch pleat curtains

The first style of curtain we are going to take a look at is the pinch pleat curtain. You will need to begin by laying the curtain face down on a surface that is clean and flat. You should then work out the right distance from the top of the curtain in terms of where the hook is going to be placed. You will be able to adjust this later if you feel you have made a mistake. 

You should then insert the hook into the curtain. This should be inserted slightly to one side of the pinch pleat. You need to ensure that the hook pierces both the inner stiffening material and of course, the outer material too. If you only insert the hook through the stitching that is holding the pinch pleat together, there is a heightened risk that the stitch will come apart as time goes on. 

Next, you should insert a few more hooks. You can then hang the curtain while holding the rest of it. Check that the bottom and top positions of the curtains are correct. Once you are happy with the position, you can then take the curtain down and you can complete the rest of the hooks from the same distance. 

Pencil pleat curtains

Next, we are going to talk you through how to properly hang pencil pleat curtains. You should double-check the width of your window before you pull the cords in order to gather the heading tap. This is important because you want to make sure the gathered width is going to be wide enough so that your window is covered. Pencil pleat curtains will be half of the original pre-gathered width once they have been fully gathered. You need to make sure that you check this first because you will not be able to return your curtains once you have gathered the header tape. You would only be able to return them if there was a fault with the product.

Once you have checked the width and you are satisfied that it is correct, you will need to secure all of the cords at one end of the header tape. This is an important step because it ensures that there is no detachment of the cords from the header tape when you are drawing them to generate the gather. Once you have done this, you should take hold of the loose cords on the end that is unsecured and you should pull them in a gentle manner. Attempt to do this evenly, ensuring the finished effect is neat and straight. You can then tie the cords once you are satisfied with the appearance and width of your curtains. You should not cut the cords because you may need to change the appearance or width in the future. The final piece of the puzzle is to ensure that there is an even quantity of hooks that you have for all curtains. You should then attach these hooks at equal distances to the header tape. 

Eyelet curtains

The final type of curtain that we are going to look at is eyelet curtains. In order to hang eyelet curtains, you simply need to thread the pole you are using through the eyelets on the material of your curtains. One mistake a lot of people make is threading the eyelet on the outermost part onto the pole. You should not do this because this has been designed to fit onto the outside of the bracket. This is utilised so that the pole can be attached to either the ceiling or the wall. You can stop the curtain from doing a slide along the window if you attach the eyelet outside of the bracket. You will notice that your curtains naturally pleat into generous folds once they are hanging on the pole.

Caring for your curtains

Now that you know the different steps that you need to take when making sure that your curtains are hung correctly, let’s finish off by taking a look at some steps for caring for your curtains…

  • Do not pull the draw cords on your pencil pleat curtains without checking them first. If the cords have been pulled, you will not be able to return your curtains.
  • You may be worried about folds in the curtains when you first take them out of the pocket but these should drop once they have been hung up. 
  • Make sure new curtains are being hung away from the window pane. This is important because it makes sure that your curtains do not come into direct contact with the glass, which could have condensation. 

So there you have it: everything you need to know about how to hang curtains properly. We hope that you have found this guide useful. After all, you can easily end up taking away from the beauty and style of your home if your curtains are not hanging up correctly. Plus, there is no denying that it can be a frustrating task if you do not know how to go about it properly.

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