My mom seemed surprised to learn that I’m hanging curtains in the family room at 11 ft up – at the ceiling, instead of just above the first set of windows. So, I thought I’d talk about how high to hang your curtains today.
Here is a great diagram that essentially sums up my thoughts on this topic.
The key is, high and wide. Why? We want to draw the eye up and use the height of the room, as well as make the window look wider and more substantial.
Frame your window, think of curtains as artwork. Use them to soften the space and make a design statement.
Though the two windows in the drawing are the same, the window on the right (#2) will look larger, provide more light, and look more custom.
So hang your curtains/ drapery close to ceiling height (on 8-9 ft. walls), and, out onto the wall area next to the window,
I like to extend the rod 12″ wider on either side of the window, (if room permits and other walls and windows don’t prevent that). Cover a couple of inches of window with the curtain so that it doesn’t seem disconnected. When hanging, don’t forget to allow for the height of the finial.
Let’s take a look at some examples so you can take special note of how these curtains in gorgeous rooms are hung.
I like to keep draperies fairly simple. Simple straight hanging panels compliment any decorating style. For a slightly more custom and upscale look, I prefer a lined pinch pleat curtain hung with rings. For a more casual feel, I love curtains with grommets.
With vaulted ceilings, hang curtains a minumum of 8 or 9 ft, but above the highest window if you can.
What gets me is that the majority of ready made curtains come in 84 inch length, which is 7 feet. Too short! You don’t want high waters and you don’t want them hung too low. Stores need to get with the times. My favorite places that sell longer curtains are IKEA, West Elm, and Restoration Hardware. What are yours?