June 27, 2017
Depending on how you hang drapery, it will block the light and give you privacy. However, if you want your drapes to make your room look bigger, or to hide windows in odd places or enhance the beauty of the room, how you hang them will make a big difference.
The best way to hang drapes to give the best effect is to hang them at the line of the ceiling or just below and extend them right down to the floor. This will make smaller spaces look larger. It doesn’t matter the type of window, whether it is large or small, up high or lower on the wall, or even one that is an irregular shape, extending the drapery from floor to ceiling will give you a sleek, clean look.
It is the usual practice to use one drapery rod to a window. But having one rod extend across the length of paired windows can also give an elegant, polished look. If you have several windows on one wall, another way to provide a clean, graceful look is to extend the drapes from wall to wall. When closed, they provide a nice backdrop to the other décor in the room.
When determining the width of the drapes, it is important to know that they need to be wider than the rod itself. The drapes need to have a fullness, which is the width that is required to give the drapes a natural wave when they are drawn closed. If the drapes are not wide enough when closed, they will look flat and taut. So rather than enhancing the look of a room, it will detract from it.
To get the proper fullness, the drapery should be at least two and a half times the width of the rod. For an even more opulent look, the width of the drapes can be three times the width of the rod, especially if they are made of a light weight material.
Stacking is a word used to describe the way that drapery gathers together in folds when they are pulled open. All of those folds of fabric take up space on the rod. So if you want to ensure that the drapes are completely away from the window when opened, you need to make sure the rod is wide enough to accommodate the stacking.
The amount of stacking space that a particular type of drapery will need depends on the type of fabric it is made from and the weight of the fabric. A common rule of thumb is that drapery usually needs about 10 to 15 percent of the panel width for stacking, and about 20 to 25 percent of the width if it is made of a heavier material. So, the rod needs to extend beyond the edge of the window accordingly for the drapery to open completely and naturally.
The right type of drapery truly can transform the look and ambience of a room. Contact us at either our Los Angeles or Dallas location to learn more about our drapery design and installation services.