Installing Curtains & Drapery? Avoid These Common Mistakes.

Curtains and draperies are preferred window covering options because of their timeless appearance and versatility.

Apart from being a cost-effective way to cover your windows, they work well with almost all types of interior decor.

To make the most of your window treatments, make sure you haven’t made any of these common mistakes when installing them. It might look easy, but hanging draperies and curtains is an art, and poorly hung window treatments can ruin your home’s decor.


Here we discuss mistakes homeowners often make when installing curtains and draperies and how to avoid these decorative crimes.

6 Common Mistakes to Avoid When Installing Curtains and Draperies

Many of us try to recreate the perfect curtains and draperies we see in lifestyle magazines and on websites. Inevitably, we’re disappointed when we don’t get the exact results.

Don’t worry. We can help you avoid the blunders many of us make when installing curtains and draperies.

1) Don’t Let The Process Become Overwhelming

Many of us amateurs try to install curtains or draperies by ourselves, and the amount of work can be overwhelming. You have to figure out how to use all the accessories, how to properly install the rods, measure the height and coordinate the background and curtain colours. It’s no wonder we make mistakes under all that pressure. Trying to copy a picture you liked can make things worse as every room has unique requirements.

The best way to avoid these mistakes is to conduct research or consult a window covering professional who can help you make informed decisions about your DIY project.

2) Don’t Get the Wrong Curtain Length

Many homeowners have trouble figuring out the length of their curtains and end up getting fabric that’s too long or short. This can negatively impact your living space’s overall decor.

It’s best to measure the window accurately and estimate the window curtain length accordingly. To that end the curtain width must be twice that of the windows, including the trim. It’s recommended that you keep the length longer than necessary so you can fix and trim them to the ideal length.

3) Measure the Curtain Rod Height Properly

Hanging curtains right on the window frame is a common mistake. Hanging them too low visually shortens the height of the window whereas hanging them too high (say, touching the ceiling) will decrease their functionality. Therefore, make sure the curtain rod height is measured appropriately.

The best height is at least four to six inches above the window or halfway between the top of the window casing and the ceiling, if the space between the window trim and ceiling is more than 12 inches. This will make the window look taller without losing out on the practicality of your window coverings.

Interested in knowing more about curtain rods? Here’s a guide.

4) Make Sure Your Drapery Pleat Style Matches Your Decor

Whether you’re buying a custom drapery or a ready-made one, it’s important to consider pleat style.

Draperies come in several pleat styles including inverted, pinch, goblet and rod pocket pleats, and each is suited to a specific type of home decor. Make sure you don’t choose the wrong pleat style for your living space. For example, if you’re buying draperies for a condo with contemporary decor, a classic rod pocket pleat match. A casual and sleek grommet pleat is a better complement.

5) Match Your Tools and Accessories

You’ll need tassels, grommets, hooks, rod holders, tabs and rod pockets in addition to curtains and rods. These should complement each other to make the window visually attractive and well-balanced. People often neglect these minute details and their decor style falls apart as a result.

6) Mixing and Matching Curtains & Draperies With Other Window Coverings Is Confusing

Mixing and matching different types of window treatments is a great idea to make the windows more functional and appealing than they were with just one window covering.

But this isn’t as easy as it seems. Some homeowners confuse which window treatment will complement their curtains and draperies and end up with disastrous results. Instead, consult a window fashion professional to help.

Meanwhile, here are a few tried & tested combinations.

  • Install sheer curtains under draperies so you get privacy while also letting in sunlight.
  • Layer curtains on top of cellular shades for both style and insulation.
  • Try curtains layered over plantation shutters to give your windows a built-in look, control glare and up your living space’s style.
  • Mix and match printed roman shades and draperies in a coordinating solid colour to add visual interest to an otherwise boring interior design.

It’s essential to invest time in both choosing and installing your curtains and draperies. We’ve outlined the mistakes to avoid so you can achieve the desired results. Still in doubt? Consult a window covering professional near you to figure out whether you’re on the right track.