Hang Curtains High and Wide for a Spacious Look

Does it feel like your curtains are shrinking your windows and the entire room? Here's a simple trick to make your space feel larger and brighter: hang your curtains high and wide!

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Going Wide:

Extend the curtain rod beyond the window frame by 8 to 10 inches on each side.

This ensures the open curtains don't block any incoming natural light.

To determine the total rod length, simply add the width of your window to your desired extension on both sides.

Reaching for Height:

Mount your curtain rod as close to the ceiling as possible.

If that's not feasible, aim for at least 8 to 10 inches above the window frame. This creates the illusion of higher ceilings.

Perfect Length for Curtains:

For floor-grazing curtains, measure the distance from the top of where the curtain rod will be placed to the floor.

Remember to factor in the height of your curtain rings when measuring.

Alternative Window Treatments:

If you have obstructions below the window, like cabinets or a heater, consider alternative window treatments like pull-down Roman shades or cafe curtains that won't be affected by the limited space.

By following these tips, you can transform your curtains from space-shrinkers to space-enhancers, creating a more open and inviting atmosphere in your home.


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For more advice on this topic, check out this post on 7 Common Window Treatment Mistakes.

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  • Rae Rae on Jul 01, 2024
    I keep reading about hanging your curtains so high nearer the ceiling. Just not sure how it will look. I understand the theory of it making of the appearance of higher ceiling height but I think they look a bit strange when they are open to see the wall and woodwork above the window. Opinions anyone else?
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    • Patty Patty on Jul 02, 2024
      I felt the same at first, but I got used to it and no longer notice it. it really does make the ceiling feel taller and the room larger. I have adjoining rooms that I haven't done it in yet and I swear when you go in them you say to yourself "is the ceiling lower in here"?
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