Expand Your Horizons
To some extent, how high, how wide and how long you hang your drapery,
is a matter of taste and/or
a of matter of treatment to disguise unfortunate architecture.
I’m Rules Adverse, as a rule, but some guidelines are very useful…
- Hang your drapery one half inch or less off the floor to avoid premature wearing and dirt and at least four inches above the window so that the top hem can’t be seen when light shines through.
- Puddled drapery is meant to create an atmosphere of romance, opulence or a formal, historical statement. They can be anywhere from a one inch break on the floor to an excess of fifteen inches. This treatment is great for stationary panels but not for drapery that’s used functionally because the fabric will be dirty in no time.
- Drapes should end just ABOVE a baseboard heater and not drape over it.
- When there are several windows in a room with varying dimensions, make the panel lengths consistent. Use the same fabric on windows that are too small or inconveniently located for the same treatment, as in the case that a small window will only accommodate a shade and not a full length panel.
- Take into consideration where the drapery is going to “stack” at the sides when open when determining how far past the frame the drapery rod should extend.
- When using extension rod type hardware, use a somewhat longer rod than needed: less extension means stronger support.
- Drapery is measured in a kind of loose equation called “2X width”. Most designers use 2.5 X width and some even use 3X. This means that a 50 inch panel should be compressed to roughly 25 inches to look good. A 50 inch window would need 100 inches of drapery, or two panels.
- The drapery hooks can be inserted higher or lower on the top hem of the drapery panel to fine tune length.
Most windows do need some sort of covering, if only for privacy, to filter sunlight and/or avoiding that creepy night time “black glass look”. Considering all the benefits, one could make the case that these are actually good problems to have, for the wonderful excuse of a Great Window Treatment.