How to Guide to Window Treatments

How to Guide Window Treatments Happy Monday Friends! Today is the first post of my How To Guides and I’m so excited to share my tips and tricks about window treatments! Anywhere you live, whether it’s a house, condo, or an apartment, window treatments are a must! First things first, there’s a variety of window treatments that you can use for different types of windows (drapery curtains, roman shades, valences, etc.) For example, you might recognize roman shades in kitchens or formal dining rooms, and valences in living rooms with long windows or sliding doors. Curtains are found almost everywhere and are a great option for budget friendly, window treatments in any setting.

Focusing on straight panel curtains today, you can find them almost anywhere that sells home products. And don’t forget you’ll need to pair them with a curtain rod as well. Here are a few tips and tricks for what to shop for, where to shop and a stress free way to install curtains once you get them home!

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What to shop for:

1.) Curtain rod

  • Always remember to measure your window first. You’ll need the WIDTH of your window to know what size curtain rod is best. You’ll want to get one slightly larger than your window (for overhang)
  • I love pairing thicker rods with bold details for a substantial look. Also, know the style of your home or your personal style so you can pick a curtain rod that fits the overall look you’re going for. My go-to is black metal or dark wood. Modern, gold curtain rods are also popular right now!
  • Most curtain rods should come with hanging hardware but reading to make sure won’t hurt!

2.) Curtains

  • You’ll need to measure again for your curtains. Measuring the CEILING HEIGHT and also the HEIGHT to the top of your window. This will help you figure out what curtain length you need to shop for. Curtains typically come in 84″, 96″, 108″, 120″
  • Also keep in mind that some curtains are sold as single panels instead of a pair. Make sure to read the packaging before you buy so you go home with everything you need!
  • Curtains have a few different styles; pockets, grommets, and ties. I always recommend to stay away from grommets! They’re very distinct with metal rings around the top, it’s all personal opinion but I think they lean towards a little more in-expensive look.

3.) Accessories

  • Curtain Hooks – In some cases, you might want to get curtain hooks to hang your curtains a different way rather than just sliding the curtain rod through the pocket in your curtains. This can also help add some length if you need a few additional inches to hit the floor.
  • Curtain Holdbacks – These are personal preference as well. I’d typically only use these in a more formal setting, like a formal dining room or living room. These hooks are installed on the wall on either side of the window about halfway up from the floor. It’s a nice way to ‘tuck’ back your curtains to let more light in. Always remember to match these with your curtain rods for a nice pairing.

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My favorite Places to shop for Curtains:

How to Install Curtains:

I know how tedious the thought of mounting and hanging a curtain rod seems. This is one of my favorite tricks to perfectly hanging curtains every time! It’s super easy and stress free, follow the photos and directions below – You’ll be a pro in no time!

PRO TIP: Keep the cardboard insert that comes in your curtain packaging. This will be your template for mounting the hardware to your wall.

How to Guide Window Treatments

Step 1: Using the cardboard insert from the curtain package as a template is a must!! Take anything around your house you can find that is a square or a rectangle and trace the corner into the edge of the cardboard. (I used a tray, and it doesn’t have to be perfect.) You’ll then cut out that corner of your cardboard so you have a right angle that can sit along the corner of your window trim.

How to Guide Window Treatments

Step 2: Take one of the brackets from your curtain rod, and mark the holes where the screws need to go onto your cardboard template. Make sure your bracket will sit about 4-6 inches ABOVE the corner and 2-4 inches on the OUTSIDE of the corner. (Shown: 4″ high and 2″ outside)

TIP: It might help to hold your curtains up against your window and make note where the top of your curtains need to be in order to kiss the floor. This way, when you hang your curtains there’s no surprises and they fit perfectly!

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Step 3: Now that you’ve marked your bracket placement, you can place the template on the corner of your window and screw directly into the cardboard. Once you’ve started to grab into the wall you can reverse them out and remove the template.

Step 4: To get the other side of your window, simply flip over your template and the holes you just made with the screws will show through. Repeat step 3 on the other side to mimic the same measurements.

Step 5: Hang your brackets on the screws you just put into the wall. Then follow with hanging your curtains and curtain rod and TA-DA!

xx, Emma

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  1. Sarah McLaughlin
    January 30, 2017 / 1:09 PM

    TG! I needed this in my life. I’m clueless and this was so helpful ??

  2. February 1, 2017 / 11:55 AM

    Your living room is beautiful! I still need window coverings for my living room, this is really helpful!

    Old World New

  3. February 1, 2017 / 11:57 AM

    What a neat tip for how to install curtains! I’ve never seen that before! We have floor to ceiling windows though, so no curtain rods for us! Although window treatments are definitely one of the many things on the apartment-decor to do list! 😉

  4. February 1, 2017 / 1:13 PM

    Love the cardboard idea!

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