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Thursday, June 13, 2013

How to Professionally Hang Drapes

Since several of you have been busy making drapes and redoing rooms, I have had a few questions again on how I get my drapes to hang so evenly. I did a post a while ago on how to do this and thought maybe I would repost it again.  Here it is. - -  -

Everytime I show the LR or the FR, I get several questions and emails on how I get the drapes to hang so smoothly and all of the pleats to be in line.  Well, I am definitely not a professional, I did make all of my drapes, but I do think that hanging them properly makes all the difference.

All of my drapes are lined which gives them some weight, and I do use fabric with a bit of weight too.  Both of these things help the drapes hold the pleats, but the same idea works well for unlined also.

The placement and number of rings is a major factor.  Too many or too little and they won't hang properly.  I've made all the drapes out of 54" wide fabric and using 7 rings is perfect for this width.

 The two end clips are placed in from the side of the panel so the side returns back to the wall and window and there are no gaps.  The rest of the panel is divided so that you place the remaining 5 clips evenly across the panel.  Then I pull the space between the clips forward to form the pleats.

 I don't puddle any of my drapes, I just hem them to barely skim the floor.  I also do a double 3" or 4" inch hem so the bottom also has some weight.

Next is what I call finger pleating.  I follow the fold of the panel that is pulled forward on the rod down to the hem and use two fingers to gently press them into pleats.  This doesn't create any sharp edges, it just allows the fabric to naturally follow the line from the top to the bottom.  Just take the index and middle finger and place the fold between them and run up and down the fabric.

That's it.  They still have a casual feel, but the pleats are all in line with casual folds that hang in a nice flow up and down the window.

Hope that answers the questions.  This is just my own method.  Let me know your secrets.

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  1. thanks for the great tips Marty! I usually have the grommet type of drapes because I am worried about them not looking a perfect as yours! but know I know better! :-)

  2. Thanks Marty...I remember this post, but it is a great refresher...your drapes always look so beautiful...and I am not a fan of puddling gets in the way of the vacuum cleaner!!

  3. Excellent tips, Marty! Your drapes are beautiful and I'm not a puddler either. With two dogs and a cat, that would just be hair raising for me!~~Angela

  4. Such a helpful post. Thanks so much!!! :) -Rachel

  5. Fabulous information! Thanks so much for joining Diann and I at TTF this week.


  6. Great drapery ideas...They look so good in your living room. Thanks for showing us how to do this.


  7. These are great tips, Marty! Thank you so much for sharing them. Your draperies always look wonderful, so I'm glad to know your method! :)

    Thanks so much for linking to Grace at Home. You're the best!

  8. Well, you sure made that sound easy! :)
    You are so smart!


  9. I like the barely skimming the floor. I'm not for pooling on the floor. You certainly make your drapes look professional.

  10. Great tips, Marty, and your drapes look gorgeous! laurie

  11. Your drapes always look so beautiful Marty. thank you for sharing these great tips with us!

  12. Thank you for the great article I did enjoyed reading it, I will be sure to bookmark your blog and definitely will come back from again. I want to encourage that you continue your great job, have a good day

    Hunter Douglas

  13. Thanks for the great tips! I hate hanging drapes! Hubs always has to help me and we can never agree on how high to hang them..LOL

  14. How high and wide should you hang the curtain/drapery rod? Is there a standard? Is it personal preference?

  15. JoAnn in KentuckyMay 22, 2016 at 3:46 PM

    Love your blog site. I just came across it this weekend and have spent hours looking at all your beautiful projects. I love the drapes you made for your living room and dining room. And then you used the same fabric in your hall bath makeover. Can you tell me where you purchased your fabric. I wold like to make drapes from the same fabric! Beautiful!!

  16. Beautiful drapes. You are an inspiration. I would love to make my own drapes and this has given me the motivation to get started. Can you share with me where you purchased your drapery fabrics? Thanks