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Once you have chosen the perfect fabric for your drapery with Normandeau Window Coverings Lethbridge, you next need to decide on the height from which you will hang your custom drapery.

There are many factors that your designer will help you with, to decide the perfect height and length of your custom drapery.

Window Style

If your window style doesn’t go with the decor of your space, or you just find it unappealing, hanging your curtains at the top of the wall is one way to effectively conceal them. However, if you have ornate trim around your windows, hanging the rod higher covers this trim unless you leave your curtains open, and you lose what could be a point of interest and texture in your room’s decor. Ornate or decorative windows should be shown off, so hang the curtains within the window frame using a tension rod or inside mount to show off the architectural features of the window.

Ceiling Height

Ceiling height plays a major role in how high you should hang your curtains. In a room with standard ceiling heights of about 8 feet, either method of hanging can work. The typical height for hanging drapery, on a window that has more than 12 inches of space between the top of the window and the ceiling, is about 4 to 6 inches above the window trim. If there is not at least 12 inches of space, hanging the drapery at window level may highlight the limited space. Hanging the drapery at the top of the wall hides the trim and can visually heighten the wall.

Cathedral ceilings or ceilings higher than 8 to 10 feet are another matter. It is often best to use the 4 to 6 inches above the window trim rule here unless the windows stretch close to the high ceilings. If there is little space between the trim and the ceiling, then hang the curtains from the ceiling. Normandeau Window Coverings Lethbridge has a wide variety of styles to match the perfect treatment with your style of window.

Visual Effects

Hanging your drapery at ceiling level maximizes the light that shines through your window and it makes the room feel larger because the walls look taller. This works well in a small space, but may not be ideal in a room that is already too large. Placing the drapery just above the window trim allows you to use a shorter drapery or to allow the fabric to pool at the floor, which can create an appealing effect. To do this with ceiling-mounted curtains would require longer drapery than you’re likely to find at a store, however your design specialists from Normandeau Window Coverings Lethbridge can help you with this decision. Hanging the drapery at ceiling height, on the other hand, can be a useful technique for balancing a room with windows of different heights or sizes.

Considerations

If hanging at ceiling height, we will need enough room between the ceiling and the brackets to allow our certified installers to slip the rod into place. If your draperies have a decorative edge, where the material is slightly higher than the rod, we will take care not to affix the rod right up against the ceiling, avoiding folding the material. No matter where the drapery is hung from, the hem of the drapery should fall past the bottom of the window frame. Drapery hung at window level only needs to pass this point by several inches, while drapery mounted at the ceiling looks more appealing if it is long enough to reach the floor.

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