So, you have new curtains. The most beautiful pair of curtains that are going to completely transform the look of the room. You can’t wait to see them hung up. However, you’re not entirely sure how to hang curtains. That’s OK, not many people are. Hanging curtains can be tricky.
We have put together a step-by-step guide on how to hang curtains, whether they’re eyelet curtains, pinch pleat curtains or pencil pleat curtains. Following our guide, you’ll be able to hang your new curtains like a pro!
Before Hanging Curtains
Whichever curtains you have, there are a few things to do before you hang them. Firstly, if you don’t already have one, you will need to purchase the correct curtain pole. To do this, measure the width of the window and add at least 15cm on each side. The curtain pole should be at least 30cm longer than the width of the window.
You may also need to purchase curtain pole ends (finials) if they don’t come with the pole. Once you have a curtain pole that fits and matches the other furnishings in the room, you can fit it.
The curtain pole brackets are generally positioned around 4-6 inches about the window and 3 inches to either side of it. If you want your window to give the illusion of being taller or wider, adjust the brackets accordingly.
Use a tape measure to measure where the brackets should go and use a spirit level to ensure they are straight. Then, use a pencil to mark where the screws should go. Next, drill holes where the pencil marks are and add wall plugs to the holes.
Finally, place the bracket against the wall and secure it with screws, using a drill or screwdriver. Set the curtain pole on the brackets and adjust it to the correct length.
How Do I Hang Eyelet Curtains?
Eyelet curtains are the easiest curtains to hang. Simply thread the curtain pole through the eyelets on your curtains. You will see how the curtains pleat into generous folds as you thread them onto the pole.
Keep the outer eyelet off the pole until the pole is attached to the brackets. The outer eyelet will sit on the outside of your bracket and will prevent the curtain from sliding all the way across the curtain pole. Once the last eyelet has been thread onto the pole, attach the curtain pole finial to keep it secure.
How Do I Hang Pencil Pleat Curtains?
Pencil pleat curtains should always be twice the length of the curtain pole. If they are not long enough, they wont fit onto the curtain pole once they have been gathered.
Once you’re sure the length of the curtains is correct, you can start gathering the curtains. To do this, take hold of the loose cords at the end of the header tape and start to pull gently. Aim to pull the cords evenly so that the finishing look will be straight. Once you are happy with the width and gather of your curtains, tie the cords tightly so that they will not unravel. Although its tempting, do not cut the leftover cord as you may want to adjust the curtains later.
Then, attach an even number of curtain hooks to the header tape ensuring that each one is an equal distance from the other.
Finally, you can thread the curtain pole through the curtain hooks and admire your new curtains.
How Do I Hang Pinch Pleat Curtains?
Pinch pleat curtains look lovely and elegant once they’re hung up. However, hanging them seems like a challenge. Pinch pleat curtains have a different hook than pencil pleat curtains, as they are metal with a sharp point.
The important thing to remember when hanging pinch pleat curtains is that there’s very little chance that you will damage your new curtains… so don’t worry too much! It’s not as hard as it looks.
Firstly, add the curtain rings to the curtain pole. Then, ensure you have the same number of curtain hooks as curtain rings. Starting in the middle and working outwards, slide the sharp point of the hook up and under the stitches in the back of the pleated curtain until only the end is of the hook is visible.
Once the hooks are all threaded onto the curtain, you can attach each hook to a curtain ring. As always when hanging curtains, be sure to position the end hook to a curtain ring on the outside of the bracket, before adding the curtain pole finial.
If you’re looking for stylish new curtains or blinds, or you’d like any more help hanging your new curtains, get in touch with us!
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