How To Hang Curtains Properly (in my opinion)

Time and time again it is asked how to properly hang a set of curtains. So much of this is about personal aesthetics, how you have been trained and fashion of the time. This blog contains my experiences of the way I do it.


Hi all. E.D.Wolfe here signing in.

What I have to say next is purely my opinion and I do not want to offend those who do what I consider to be BIG curtain no no’s .

May I also add that personal aesthetics play a big part in this and one persons mess is another persons “pièce de resistance” . So at the risk of offending her we go.


1. Pinch pleat pushovers.

Time and time again I see these lovely headed curtains hung disastrously wrong.

Curtains hung incorrectly. Pinch pleat Curtains hung incorrectly.

Pinch pleat curtains hung correctly. Pinch pleat curtains hung correctly.

Swaffer Silk

To me it is completely obvious why the first is wrong and the second is correct but let me make it clearer.

The flat section between the pleats is meant to fold under and away so the curtain hangs neatly and pulls off the window well. If the curtain is not…

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2 thoughts on “How To Hang Curtains Properly (in my opinion)

    • Thank you Jane for your comments and encouragement, I love it when people take the time to read my blog and leave a message. In response to your comments / question I would like to assure you that………
      I have ALWAYS considered the pattern in conjunction with every type of curtain heading, and actively encouraged this consideration with colleagues and clients alike. I have done this mathematical exercise for Pinch pleating, Eyelet, Goblet and Box. Sometimes it falls in nicely, sometimes mathematical adjustments are required ( bigger / smaller spacings or pleating) to allow for the pattern pleat ratio. And sometimes it just does not work. When a client and / or I have selected a pattern I warn them that until I have sat down and looked at it on paper it may not work. If it is not possible or has required additional fabric, making the job cost too much, I give the client the following options.
      1= Live with the random pleat to pattern result. 2= Choose another cloth. 3. Put a plain contrast top in so the pattern is not across the pleats.(which in some cases enhances the design)
      It is fantastic when the pattern can be regimented across the curtain heading. And yes I have always worked it out before the client signs an order form and it goes to the workroom. I have never just presumed it can be done and left it down to my seamstress. On occasion I have spoken to the workroom before job goes across and given very clear instructions with all the workings, to make their job easier and run more smoothly. I hope this answers your question?
      Thanks for reading and commenting Jane
      Keep in touch


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