MollyMC

Molly Mc

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Molly started decorating imaginary children's rooms out of the Laura Ashley catalog in junior high. Since then, she's bought a house, inherited a… read more

Comments - Curtain Lengths: How Long Should Your Curtains Be?

Paula Marshall on Aug 08, 2018:

I keep looking for a simple answer to a simple question, and it never gets answered! I want to put curtains over the window IN MY BACK DOOR and no one tells me. I don't want that ugly pulled-tight thing that has a rod top and bottom, either. I guess I'll just let them hang 3 or 4 inches longer than where the window ends.


Patti on Oct 28, 2015:

hi

i have electric baseboard radiators in my living room. I wanted to hang off white sheer panels on either side of my picture window up a bit higher and wider than window. what length will be ok? just above heater or just below window sill? any suggestions?


Adrianne on Jun 25, 2015:

Q:  I have a room in my shotgun house with windows of two different lenghts; one is 42" and one is 63."  Should I use two different lengths or the same long lenght for both?


Kelly on Jun 11, 2014:

We have a sunroom with 8 foot windows. I purchased long curtains that I want to hang just above floor. However, I would have to hang the decorative rod at least a foot away from molding at the top of the window. Can this be done or is it a big no no?


Carol on Mar 14, 2014:

I am having a porch enclosed with insulation and six 56" windows.  The ceiling is low on one side, vaulted up to the other side an additional 2 feet.  The room will be heated and cooled,  a 9 x 11 foot area, exit door and slider into the home.  I will have 2 recliner chairs, TV and end tables.  The floor is painted cement.  Will 63 inch drapes be wrong?  The only other option is 84 length and I don't want to hem them.  Never had to think about this before!  Help!


Sally on Oct 21, 2013:

Is it ok for the curtain to be 3/4 the length of the window . I like it that way with a scalloped shade.


M on Jul 13, 2013:

If I use short panels, do they skim the window sill or pass it?


JOSEPHINE COLLIER on Jun 09, 2013:

I HAVE TAB TOP CURTAINS 66" X90" HANGING ON A POLE,BUT I WOULD LIKE TO CHANGE TO PLEATED CURTAINS.THE PROBLEM IS THERE IS ONLY ABOUT 9" WALL SPACE BEFORE MY FRENCH WINDOWS AND THE EXISTING TAB TOPS COVER ABOUT 6" OF THE WINDOW.WOULD A 90X90" PLEATED CURTAIN TAKE UP TOO MUCH OF THE WINDOW WHEN PULLED BACK OR COULD I HAVE A 66" WIDTH OF PLEATED CURTAIN BUT NOT HAVE THEM GATHERED. i AM 72 YEARS OLD AND HAVIING TO GET UP LADDERS TO UNDO FINIALS AND UNDO SCREWS    TO  LOOSEN POLE TO ALLOW REMOVAL OF CURTAINS IS GETTING TOO MUCH FOR  ME TO DO


Jenny Mertes on Aug 22, 2012:

Help me please - our new home has a 20-ft ceiling in the living room with four enormous windows - two on the left (stacked one above the other) and two on the right (stacked one above the other), and no draperies. The previous owner put one rod above the upper window on each side (about 18' off the floor) and hung an 18' length of fabric on each side of each bank of windows. I have no idea whether to repeat that treatment, and if so, how to even get up to the 18' level to hang a rod. I can just imagine hiring a handyman with a 20' ladder and clearing the room of furniture so he can get to the windows, then trying to find enough matching fabric in 20' lengths. Yikes. Anybody else have/solve this dilemma?


Barbara on Aug 22, 2012:

I'd like to hang panel drapes in my master bedroom with 12-foot ceilings.  The windows are five feet tall. The distance between the ceiling and top of windows is 4 feet.  The distance between bottom of windows and floor is three feet.  How far above the windows shall I place the curtain rods?


Jeannie on May 01, 2012:

I love highly hung white, billowy curtains, tied in a knot and slightly puddled.


JulieBaby on Apr 01, 2012:

Those of us who have radiators have to adjust our drapery expectations. In my living room, two of the windows are above radiators and one is not. Floor-length draperies draped  over the radiators would look bad, so we stick to café length curtains here.


Lina-bee on Mar 30, 2012:

Ooh, thanks for the ideas!
 


penny on Mar 30, 2012:

floor length, floor length, floor length. The end. I can't stand stumpy curtains! I grew up with a mother and grandmother who felt the same, and none of us ever had a drawback. Children will use them as climbing ropes? How about we just teach the children not to climb on things.


craftmel on Mar 29, 2012:

I love this type of thing! Daughter of a window covering professional here... so I'm a drapery snob! Personally, I could never do the puddle panels.  And hanging higher and wider is always best for the average window!  On that note, having more than one panel width makes a big difference too.


My girls' bedroom has short, window sill panels, though, because a) I was using fabric I had on hand and didn't have enough for floor-length and b) we were planning on putting a bed next to it.  It works great now that the bed is in the room.


Don't get me started on drop-cloth drapes, though. {shudder} ;)


MollyMC on Mar 29, 2012:

Bruno, we switched up our Living Room curtains from tension rods within the windows to one long rod hung just below the ceiling. It's an amazing difference, I agree!


MollyMC on Mar 29, 2012:

BethS, our drapes in our dining room are a bit billowy. Not to the extent you see in those French photos, but somewhere in between. 


You can see them here: Molly's Dining Room


Anyway, during my last cleaning spree, I found a dead lizard behind them! WHOOPS! So they do have their drawbacks, as you mentioned. ;) 


MollyMC on Mar 29, 2012:

Lina-bee, I think you are on the right track with the clips for easy washing! As for your high ceilings---what a great problem to have! I would say, if you have a baseline of another, shorter wall in the room, to use the height of the break between it and the ceiling to set the height of the curtains on the vaulted wall. If you don't have such a wall, then I'd say just go 8 feet from the floor, so 96" curtains.


As for width, I've seen some great DIY horizontal stripe curtains that can help give the illusion of a wider space. 


 


Lina-bee on Mar 29, 2012:

Very timely. I'm delaying curtain decisions until I take care of new decor to match these walls, but I've had curtains on my mind all month. Mine are at high risk for cat fur so they all need to be washable and easy to remove (clips instead of rod pocket). I think it'll be floor-length for all the tall windows and sill length for the short one.
Also, three windows are in rooms with high vaulted ceilings, which is something NONE of the posts on "hang your curtain rod at the ceiling!" have taken into account.  I have eight feet of wall above the actual six-foot window -- there's absolutely no need to create an illusion of height here, width and breadth, yes, but not height.


DesigningMom on Mar 29, 2012:

As a seamstress, it's whatever the client wants.


As for our own home I prefer the rod hung from a couple to eight inches (at the most) below the ceiling with the hem just a touch above the floor. However I have been thinking about the old standard of 63 inch length for the bedrooms because of furniture placement. Not sure on that yet.


 


Beth S on Mar 29, 2012:

The only length I don't understand is the one where you make them so long that that bunch and drag on the floor...I know some think it's kinda of elegant, but all I see is having to vacuum those drapes even more! :)


bruno on Mar 29, 2012:

Timely question! We just repurposed some old curtains we had (we took them off Ayla's windows) and put them on our bedroom windows (where we had previously had roman blinds). We didn't get to choose the length (they were already hemmed), but they land just under the window sill, which is good, because our bed is right there!


I decided to hang the rod a little higher than I normally would've, and I'm suprised what a difference it makes;  a higher curtain rod really makes the room feel bigger. 


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