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Why You Should Hang Curtains Higher


Why you should hang your curtains higher

There’s no doubt that I stand firmly in the “Team Curtains” camp when it comes to room dressing. I feel like a space is never complete until there are soft panels hanging on either side of the windows (or above them if you choose to use a Roman shade or something similar, of course). I think I’ve been pretty consistent with my use of blinds over the past two decades of owning and renting homes, but there’s one thing… Didn’t do that It was consistent with the height I hung them at.

Today’s blog post will be about how I finally came up with the concept of hanging curtains as high as possible (kind of like how I realized that you should always have the largest rug possible for your room). In the past, in order to save money, I tended to look for shorter curtain panel options in the store. Now, though, I’m all for “floor to ceiling” curtains, which are generally 95 inches long if you have standard 8-foot ceilings.

Why you should hang your curtains higher

Why you should hang your curtains higher

Why you should hang your curtains higher

Why you should hang your curtains higher

Let’s take a look at our current living room as a first example (keep scrolling if you want more examples – I got you a lot In today’s article!). When we first moved in, I tried to save time by purchasing curtains that fit the existing installed curtain rods that the previous homeowners had left behind, and hung at a lower height of 84 inches. But I ultimately decided that I could give the room a more spacious look and feel by taking the time to raise and invest in the rails 95″ longer curtain panels. This before/after graphic above gives you a good sense of how much of a difference this swap made. Raised curtains make a room appear several feet taller, and give the space a luxurious feel as well, in my opinion.

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Curtains I ended up hanging it last summer in the kitchen, also reaching the ceiling, and I love the effect. Our sunroom, located just off the kitchen, was actually a late addition to our house — the previous homeowners had closed off what had previously been an outdoor porch. This left the kitchen with a kind of strange exterior window that now peered into the enclosed sunroom.

I hesitated to hang curtains on the window for a long time because they were kind of “fake” and I didn’t want to draw attention to them, but I finally bit the bullet and… I got the curtains for the window, and actually make the fake window look more intentional. Installing curtain panels along the height of the crown molding also made the kitchen itself appear taller and sleeker. I’m ultimately sorry that I waited so long to try out the curtains in our kitchen – they were a visual game changer!

Why you should hang your curtains higher

Why you should hang your curtains higher

Why you should hang your curtains higherWhy you should hang your curtains higher

Why you should hang your curtains higher

Here’s another before/after transformation model if you need more convincing. Our primary bedroom in the new house also has currently installed curtain rods left by the previous homeowners that are hung 84 inches off the floor. Instead of spending time putting the bars back up, I took the easy route and bought New 84 inch curtains He called it. Six months later, I realized my mistake. I ordered new rods to replace the old ones, and bought them Longer curtain panels To go with them. Again, longer and higher curtains make our bedroom look more luxurious. I love the hotel ambiance we were able to achieve.

Of course, finally removing the old wallpaper also helped save space significantly. This detailed post will be coming soon, I promise!

Why you should hang your curtains higherWhy you should hang your curtains higher

Why you should hang your curtains higher

Why you should hang your curtains higher

Our guest room was the same situation. I tried to make do with old, low-slung curtains and rods that we inherited from the previous homeowners, but eventually replaced them with new ones Longer bright white curtains To update the space. This change instantly updated the room and made it feel less squat.

I think it might be worth noting that the pictures don’t really do justice to this concept. It really is a “personal” feeling you get when you are in a room where you have raised the rods and hung the long curtains. I can’t really explain it other than to say it feels like a breath of fresh air. Rooms containing the truth Floor to ceiling curtains Just feel more expansive. You may not be able to realize this meaning in pictures, but trust me it is transformative on a personal level.

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The room above, the sunroom, is one of the last to contain Curtains 84 inches Which I hung up when we first moved in. Since the room is so large and requires a lot of curtains, I don’t have the budget right now to spend on all new curtain panels. I hope to one day renovate the room with floor-to-ceiling panels, but for now it still looks a little worn. Fortunately, the sheer number of windows in this room makes it seem larger than it is anyway, so it’s not really a hasty situation.

I can’t deny that replacing your curtains is a big investment. I’m kicking myself for buying too many short curtain panels when we first moved in, but this is just one of those lessons I’ve learned that I’ll take with me to every house we own from now on (although I hope we don’t) Move again for a while very long). I was able to sell all my old, sheer curtain panels through Facebook Marketplace, so they’re not gone. Completely Don’t waste it let me know in the comments how you hang your curtains. Have you tried mounting it all the way up to the ceiling? Obviously I can’t recommend this method more if you want to make your room look like it’s almost twice as long.

Why you should hang your curtains higher

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