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Monday, February 9, 2015

Tell Me Your Opinion-How Do You Hang Drapes

How do you feel about drapes.  Do you have a preference for pleats, grommets, sheared or just ring clips?

I have new drapes to use in the living room.  I love the beautiful silky fabric and the gorgeous soft stripe.   I need to cut them off and hem them, but before I do, I have been trying to decide how to hang them.

I could sew pleats at the top to achieve this look.  It is a very professional and classic style.

Or since they have a rod pocket, I could simply shear them on a rod.  This creates a pretty soft look that can be casual or can be hung so it has a formal look.

Or I could hang them like I usually do with the rings and clips.  This is a really easy middle of the road look.

Ok, now give me your vote - -

#1 - Simple with rings and clips. (I could also use smaller rings)

#2 - Pleats - (I just pinned the pleats in and I would need different rings)


                                     # 3 Sheared on the rod.

Here's all three so you can see them all together.  Do You have a favorite?

My daughter thought I should shear them, and my hubby likes this look also.  I did the dining area window so I could see how it looked with just one style.  Pretty, however I think it is a more formal look than the others, or is that just me?  I'm not much of a formal girl.

So, what is your preference?  How do you hang yours?  Since they are going in this room, what will look best? #1 - #2 - #3

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37 comments:

  1. Beautiful curtains, Marty! I would use the rod pockets since they're already there. Why go through all the trouble of more work in hanging them. The shirred look is casual and that's what you said you want. And speaking of more work - are they too long that you have to cut them off? Draping on the floor looks good, too, as seen in your Country Curtain picture.

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  2. I hang from the rod pocket too on most of my window treatments, with the exception of my bedroom. The curtains were just a bit short (or the rod a bit too high) so I used rings so they would be long enough. It does make it easier to open and close for night time.

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  3. Since you said shirring was more casual, then you should probably do that. But, I love the look of pleats with rings...sort of a casual/formal mix. Have fun! ;)

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  4. Marty--- # 1, love your beautiful home & your style ❤️

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  5. Rings and clips is perfect. Pleats too dated, shearing too casual. This fabric is gorgeous and it should be the focal point.

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  6. Love the idea of rings and clips! Beautiful look for that beautiful fabric!!

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  7. I would use the rod pockets. They make the ceilings look taller. I used a similar weight fabric in my daughters room with pinch pleats and the looked skimpy. You need a heavier weight fabric for those or more widths. I never like the clips. I always take off the clips and sew on the rings. I like this fabric with a little puddle like one of the photos. Your room is going to be beautiful and I love the new panels.

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  8. Those are beautiful drapes, Marty. My vote would be for rings and clips, but I would do a chunkier rod and bigger clips. Pleated drapes are very formal and kind of dated, and shirred is casual and always looks messy if you are actually closing them at night or whatever. Also the puddling look is kind of passe', too. I have a question. Is this the area where you are getting hardwood flooring? If it is, you might want to wait on the whole hemming process. The drapery hemmed edge kissing the carpeted floor can be very different than kissing hardwood, and even less than an inch too short on your drapes would probably drive you crazy! Just sayin'. Good luck, and I know whatever you decide is going to look great and suit your taste.

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  9. Your drapes are so pretty! I like them with the rings. One thing I don't care for is the puddling on the floor. I notice Joanna Gaines on HGTVs Fixer Upper puddles all her drapes. I love most everything she does but not that, the drapes just collect dust and dirt. What do you think?

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  10. I prefer the pocket rod. I think it looks well with your furniture and will soften your soon to be hardwood floors. Just my humble opinion--I tend to have a relaxed style.

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  11. Marty...I love how you use the clips on the drapes and give them a bit of a pleated look...I think #1 gives you both a casual and bit of a formal look in one...Not too casual and not too formal....

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  12. Welllll, I like the pleated look with rings, BUT i find that the fabric often slips off the rings if you close them often. The formal look fits your style well. Using the pocket is certainly the easiest! I also like them hanging 1/2" up off the floor

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  13. Such gorgeous fabric for your window treatments. For me, I would shirr on the rod. I think the look with that is casual yet a little more dressy than the clips. Your home is beautiful and what ever you do will look gorgeous. All your other treatments have been so pretty these will too no matter what...

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  14. Hi Marty,
    I love your beautiful drapes. I think the rod pocket looks great in your room. I especially like them in the dining area. I'm sure whatever you decide that it will look fantastic. As for puddling, yep, I like it!

    hugs
    Sissie

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  15. Marty, I always liked your window treatments so I like the way it is with the clips and rings, but the shirred ones look nice too.

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  16. Since no answer is "wrong" and you like opinions of others' eyes, I guess I shall oblige. Although I do love the rings and the opportunity to cheat to make pinch pleats, I found myself drawn to the gather on the rod. I think because I got my first house in 1980 and my Mom paid for custom pinch pleat drapes in the big picture window and smaller 'dining' area, I've always found gather on the rod less formal. I happily sewed curtains with fabric on top of my tube so as I gathered the curtain had a bit on top to stand up. I hung these in the kitchen, my baby's room and even used old lace trim and a sheet to make gather on the rod curtains for a back room. So I guess for me, the shift to the gather on the rod in formal spaces is kind of a nod ( to me) of loosening up the rules. I like how it brings fabric as high up to the ceiling as the rod. I also like how your rod is an accent piece. The rings distract from that with these softer colored which I love drapes. So for what it's worth? My free advice is no rings at all!

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  17. I thought I would like the pleated the best, but they look really nice just in the rod pocket.

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  18. I have grommeted ones and sheared ones too, I love the grommets because of how easy it is to pull back and forth, but I love the look of pleats for sure and would definitely do that in my Dining room someday. Yours look great any way, but I love the sheared one the most.

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  19. I think shirred look the best for a casual look. Least favorite is the pinch pleats as they look too skimpy and outdated.

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  20. Too late.....your living room is already formal !!! Pinch pleats are formal, old fashioned and definitely outdated. Your new curtains are lush, silky and have a bit of formal to them.......which makes them perfect for sheer on the rod.....taking the look to chic. Like wearing a mink jacket with denims and high heels!!! Whatever you decide, it always turns out lovely!!! xoxo

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  21. I too prefer the rod pocket style. It gves the room a fresh look and makes it all look New..

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  22. My vote is for No. 1 because your luscious silk fabric is more formal. Last time I hung draoes, I hired a professional drape installer who does side jobs. He hung the drapes I had bought retail. If you go with rod pockets, they can be placed on a rod and arranged to fall like pleats. He told me how. If you email me, I can send you a photo.

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  23. My vote is for #2! I love that casual look. Love the drapes too!
    XO Barbara

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  24. Marty I love hanging mine with clips...the pleated look with the clips is my favorite!

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  25. I think I like #2 the best. I'm a huge fan of hanging drapes on rings, but the pinch pleats really add a nice finish to the top. so, the combination of the pleats with the rings really appeals to me. I think the shirred look also looks nice though.

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  26. I happen to love a pinch pleat that hangs from the ring but they all look great - love your fabric!!

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  27. Love the drapes and would like to know where you found them. #1 would be my first choice. Really enjoy your blog.

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    1. They are ones that my daughter had in her bedroom and she handed them down to me. They are a beautiful silk lined with a gorgeous sateen fabric. I don't know where she found them.

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  28. Hi Marty,
    Lovely curtains, and think the fabric looks to luxurious for the rings, I think I would go with the rod pocket and let them puddle
    on the floor a bit. I think the puddling gives it a bit more of a formal look...............

    Can't wait to see what you do..................
    Gotta go check out your family room reveal now.

    Hope you are doing well.
    Blessings, Nellie

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  29. I think I like #3 best because the curtain is a little bit higher up on the ceiling... If you compare the shirred curtain to the other two the curtain itself sits up higher and I think it looks a little nicer. But I also loved pleated curtains so #2 is a close second. How fun!

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  30. I like to run mine through the rod pocket, however I do have usually two curtains on each side, so 4 per rod, so I can make them plead. I also like my curtain a little longer, so they drape on the floor. In my current space I don't have curtains at all, one it would be hard to hand, because the windows are pretty wide with no wall to attach rods, two the ceilings are high and the curtains would have to be custom made. So, we opted for the modern look. :)

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  31. Definitely rings and clips. The pleated look is rather dated. Through the rod pocket is my 2nd choice.

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  32. Love the rings and clips #1, they are easy to hang and also easy to open and close. Plus, they just look nice. :) second choice would be the rod pocket. I love the curtains!

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  33. First off, I'm not a curtain girl....I like blinds and especially plantation shutters....however, in your pretty room, I would use the pockets .....much more casual look. Your drapes are very pretty.

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  34. You've probably already finished, but I like the pleats the best! I'm wondering if that would gather them up too much, though, so that they wouldn't be the right size anymore. Pretty new curtains!

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