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Date: 9/11/12 4:42 PM

New house, need new curtains/drapes. Are there any rules for how much above the window and/or to the side of the window the rods should be placed to be "pleasing"?
I never did like where I hung the curtains in my old house. Thanks.

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Date: 9/11/12 4:56 PM

This would definitely depend on what type of curtain/drape you are hanging and the type of rod you are using. Are hanging pinch pleats or rod pockets? And what type of rod will you use? A decorative or a plain white rod.

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Date: 9/11/12 5:36 PM


Too much depends on too much to really advise. The first person to advise you should be you.. you know when you have the look you are after.. Some people have old fabulous woodwork surrounding their windows which they like to leave in view as much as possible.. Other times utility may come into play. such as my sewing room curtains.. I hemmed them to a length to not lay on my desktops.. so I can easily open/close them .
Do you know in cold climates often people leave their drapes hanigng onto the floor for about four inches to cut down on drafts. use to be a sign of wealth if one had long drapes btw. Of course anyone with dogs nowadays would never do that.
I personally like to see as much of my windows as possible. see out them ...so I hang my rods far enough outside the window itself so that my drapes hang over the wall space.. and not over the window panes when pulled open.. I rarely close my drapes anyhow as I have shades or such on most of my windows.
I will caution you to buy your rods according to weight issues.. if you are hanging heavy drapes.. you will need rods strong enough to support those drapes. and so on.
Hanging your drapes near the ceiling will make your walls seem taller most say.. So.. play with your look.. and then decide where to place your rods. Of course you may have little choice if you are using drapes already purchased.. or store stock sizes.. However you can always add borders on them easily to adjust the length of any drape you have or may want which is not the desired size.. or hem them if too long.

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Date: 9/13/12 3:38 PM

Thanks everyone! I checked with a custom drapery company and they said when the drapes are all the way open, they should come to the edge of the window. As for height, they recommend as a guide 4 - 6" above the window frame. I think I'll go the 6" because I like the Tall look. Length is preference.

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Date: 9/13/12 5:24 PM

Ica - IMHO it also depends on the height of your ceilings as well as the style you are going for. If you have standard 8 ft ceilings (the standard where I live) then the rule I go by is about half way between the top of your window casing to the ceiling. If you have 9 foot ceilings you can go a bit higher. Some people still prefer to go right to the ceiling. This usually denotes a very formal look. Ceilings higher than 9ft? You might have to call a drapery specialist / designer to help you. The drapery panels need to be the right scale for the room (and windows) or else they can can look dwarfed.

Also if you are talking toppers, although it doesn't sound like you are, you want to make sure that the bottom of the toppers (at its shortest point) covers the window casings/frames. (or the top of the window if you don't have casings/ frames around your windows.

Good luck.

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