Simple Guide to Choosing the Right Curtain Length

Curtains remain one of the most popular forms of window dressing. Get it right and they can tie together a room, bringing warmth, style and finesse to the space. Get it wrong, however, and you could ruin an otherwise great design scheme. Discover our simple guide for choosing the right curtain length, which can be an important aspect of custom window coverings. Getting the proper curtain length could be the best solution for your home.

What curtain lengths are available?

Interior designers generally agree that in most cases, curtains should graze the floor for an elegant and dramatic look. Full-length curtains should not puddle or rise off the floor and are a great choice for sitting rooms and lounges. But there are some cases where floor-length curtains are not appropriate. For example, windowsill curtains end at the windowsill of an elevated window, while apron curtains fall around four inches below the windowsill and are great if you have a radiator under your window. Choose the appropriate curtain style for your space.

How to measure for curtains

Hang your curtains too high or too low and they could fail to do their main job: control the flow of natural light into a room. Measuring properly is essential for avoiding this. It is important not to measure the size of the window; instead, measure from where the curtain rail will be to where you want the curtains to fall. A general rule is to add on an extra four to eight inches starting from the top of the window - more if you have high ceilings. Measure at least three times and take measurements at different points along the window to allow for walls or windows that are not level.

Dos and Don'ts of curtains

Don't hang your curtains too low or high, and don't hang the curtain rod within the window frame. Make sure floor-length curtains skim the ground - if they're too high or too low, they will spoil the finished look. Do add blinds to the window if you want more privacy and make sure to always hang curtains at least a few inches above the windows. If you can, consider custom-made curtains.

Invest in custom window coverings

Custom window coverings can help you to get the perfect fit. Invest in custom curtains for a professional and unique look that is exactly the right length. Designers will not only know the perfect length but can also suggest great patterns and fabrics. Investing in custom window coverings means it will be right the first time and you will end up with curtains to last for years.

When it comes to curtain length, there is a lot to think about. However, knowledge of window styles, accurate measurements and understanding where curtain rods should be hung will all help you achieve the perfect look for your home. The Designers Resource Centre is happy to help you discuss ideas for custom-made curtains.