August 2, 2017
These days, while there are industry standards that apply to drapery lengths that have been established over time, homeowners are more apt to try something that suits their particular taste, to experiment for a truly unique look.
But for those who want a more traditional and conventional look, here are some tips on what professionals say about drapery lengths.
For this type of drapery, the usual length is one-half inch on the floor. If you are installing drapery that extends from the floor to the ceiling, you should also allow about one-half inch of space at the top so that there is isn’t any contact that can cause the material to fray.
If you are hanging your drapes above a window, they should be at least four inches higher than the window so that you cannot see the top hem when sunlight is coming through the fabric.
If you have a baseboard heater, the bottom of the drapes should be just a little above the heater.
If you are using decorative rods, the drapes should extend four to twelve inches above a window. If the rods are close to the ceiling, their prominence is increased.
When determining the length of drapes, you also need to take into account proportions of the room and windows as well as the use of valences or cornices. This is especially true if the height of the ceilings is more than eight feet. You need to discuss proportions with your interior designer because there are other formulas that apply.
It is also acceptable practice for drapery to extend only to the window sill, the bottom of the molding, or four inches below the bottom of the window. The best situation, again, is to make sure that you cannot see the four-inch hem when sunlight shines through the drapery.
Having a room with different length windows presents another decorating conundrum. You can adhere to the practice of having drapery extend to the bottom of each window; however, some designers recommend having all drapery the same length so that there is more symmetry to the room.
Another common question for shorter windows is whether short or long drapery should be used. There are varying opinions on how to decorate with short windows. Some designers, however, routinely recommend using longer drapery, even with short windows, because the larger the dimension of the drapery, the more visually alluring and elegant the room becomes.
No matter whether you’re looking for a traditional and elegant look to any room, or a modern, cutting-edge feel, GP Drapery will help you find – even design – and install the drapery you need for your home, spa, restaurant, or hotel/resort. Contact our Los Angeles or Dallas locations today.