While setting up a room, often people put all their focus on arranging the furniture and decorating with accessories and painting the walls and ceiling. But curtains, which are also indispensable constituents of a room’s décor, are often overlooked. In fact, curtains impart a fresh feel to a room. Not only do they bestow a softer look to the entire space, but also quintessentially complement the whole decor. Moreover, one more important role that curtain play apart from decoration purposes is that it wards off noise, light, cold and heat. Though hanging curtain may not be too much of a strenuous endeavor, yet it is true that, purchasing the window treatment along with those hardwares required to hang it can be a bit pricey. But do not forget that a bit of extravagance can add character to the most ordinary of windows. Some simple steps along with some dos and don’ts have been compiled in the article below. Read, as it offers a great assistance in your endeavor to hang curtains.
Hanging A Curtain
- First of all, fetch a strong step ladder.
- Wash your hands even if they appear clean to you. Do not take chance as you might put oily spots on your curtains especially after using dirty tools while fitting the poles and the tracks. So much handling of curtains particularly close to the heading means they can get marked easily, the last thing you want on your fresh new curtains.
- Make a clean space where you would lay your curtains after you remove them from the packaging.
- Arrange a pocketful of spare curtain hooks. Even if some of the curtain hooks fallout from the heading tape while you are up the ladder, spare hooks will ensure that you don’t have to put your curtain down and scrabble around the floor looking for the hooks.
- It is extremely important to ensure that the tracking system is securely tightened to your wall or ceiling. Make sure that the support brackets can hold up the weight of your curtain fabric and curtain track without bowing in the middle. If in case the windows are very large, the extra support brackets must be mounted at even intervals in between the beginning and end bracket, especially when the track is flexible, or you have the kind of the curtain pole that can be expanded to your chosen width.
- Now see how many curtain hooks are there on the back of your heading tape, and make sure that you have an equal number of runners or curtain rings on your track before you start.
- Now slide one runner or curtain ring to either of the outer edges of your curtain rod or track, lying out of the bracket. If you use stoppers or finials theses won’t slide off the end of your track. It will ensure that the curtain panels completely cover the outermost edges of your window frame. It will also hide the wall bracket supporting your tracking system.
- Taking one at a time, hang each of the curtain panels with care. Start with the outside edge and keep working towards the center of the curtain pole or track.
- After you finish hanging both curtains, take the inside edge of one curtain panel (the leading edge) in your hand, ensuring that the right side of the fabric turns in, towards the window. Now pull the curtain together in your hands, and force the fabric back into neat even folds, which will draw the heading and the whole curtain back completely into folds, and will form pleats across the fabric.
- With the use of a pack of unused washing pegs, peg the curtain folds together across the top of the curtain heading. Make sure that the pegs are pointing vertically downwards, pinching the pleats that you have created together.
- Tie the middle of your curtain together around the folds you have created with the help of a lightweight cord or string.
- Now until the hanging curtain panel gets totally tied back into a long tube, tie the top and the bottom of the curtain together in the same folds. Repeat the same for other panels as well.
- For a couple of days at least, keep your curtains tied back. It will create some folds in the fabric, which the fabric will gently fall back into, each time the curtains are closed or opened.
- And lastly, do not forget to take a look at your curtains from the outside. See if the lining is falling smoothly and each of the panels appear symmetrical or not. Where necessary make the requisite adjustments to the curtains and then check once more from the outside until you achieve the desired perfection.
Curtains offer a soft backdrop to the room décor and enhance the color scheme of the room. Go through the above mentioned tips on how to hang a curtain and jazz up the interior of your house.