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How Long Should Curtains Be

How Long Should Curtains Be

Curtains are the most significant part of our home’s interior design. They can completely transform and enhance the appearance of our room. Picking the improper curtain can completely ruin your otherwise well-designed interior. 

The curtain fabric, hanging style, curtain length, ceiling size, and the gap between the ceiling rod and ceiling are just a few of the things to consider while buying curtains to get that ideal look for your space. 

Curtain Measurements 

The width of the curtain is always stated first, followed by the length. Curtains are available in a variety of conventional widths and lengths. 63, 84, 95, 108, 120, and 144 inches are some of the standard lengths. The standard size is for the ready-made and online available curtains. However, you can customize your length. 

Usually, curtain rods are installed one foot lower than the ceiling. For measurement purposes, we measure from the top of the rod to the bottom lower edge. Some curtains have decorative headers or edges and we don’t consider that part in the measurement. 

Curtain Styling

Another thing that plays a vital role in the curtain length measurement is whether you want to mount your curtains inside or outside the window frame.

Outside Mount Curtains

Outside Mount Curtains

These are the most common type of styles for hanging curtains. The rod is outside the window frame just above the window. Outside Mount enlarges the frame’s borders, and provides the illusion of a large window. 

This is suitable if you want to make the room dark as it blocks out natural light and gives a more luxurious appearance. If you wish to add some decorative valance this will be the best option as decorative valance is mounted outside the window and it will be visible.

Inside Mount Curtains

Inside Mount Curtains

Inside-mount curtains style is not so common. Inside Mount, shades are hung from the window frame’s roof and fit completely within the frame giving it a more streamlined appearance. Since Inside Mount brackets are drilled into the window frame’s ceiling, the holes are hidden and easy to fix if you decide to remove them later. 

Although inside-mount curtains do not block out light, they do provide plenty of privacy and have a modern, minimalist appearance. Hanging curtains around the window to keep the shades out of the way as you open and close them.

Different Curtain Length Options

The length of the curtains can’t be the same for all the windows. Depending upon your preference and where the window is situated. 

Above Sill Curtains

Above Sill curtain

This type of Curtains hangs typically 1cm above the window sill. These are the shortest standard window length available. Because these are the shortest of the regular curtain lengths, they’re a great place to experiment with patterns or color. 

Befitting for: Small windows, windows over heaters, counters, or furniture that would impede full-length drapes, For kitchen and bathroom windows.

Below Sill or Apron Curtains

Below Sill or Apron Curtains

Apron curtains are somewhere in between the floor and the window sill. Below the sill are curtains that are usually 15cm below the sill. 

This can be an ideal choice if you don’t want your curtain to collect dirt or dust from the floor and will be simple to open and close.

Befitting for: These types of curtains are advised to be put where full-length curtains would be hidden by big furniture or radiators. These curtains will provide a stylish touch to your kitchen, bathroom, bedroom, living room, or breakfast nook.

Floor-length Curtains

Floor-length Curtains

Just the way the name implies Floor-length curtains are those that begin above the window and end above the floor. These curtains are the same height as the wall. They’re long and will either end less than a quarter-inch above the floor or will slightly touch the floor. They’re also one of the simplest to keep up with, as well as open and close. Floor-length curtains will make your space feel taller by elongating your window.

Befitting for: This is one of the most popular options and can be placed where you want to flaunt your curtains. These drapes are suitable for rooms with a panoramic view. They can be used in living rooms, family rooms, dining areas, and any other high-traffic space. Long curtains, on the other hand, are not suitable for rooms, such as kitchens and bathrooms as they would be unhygienic. 

Curtains That Puddle 

Curtains That Puddle 

These type of curtains strikes the ground. At least 2-3 inches of curtain puddles on the floor. As a result, it gives a more dramatic look and is frequently employed informal locations such as dining rooms. However, they are hard to maintain as they accumulate dust from the floor and splash on the floor. This might not be an ideal option if your little ones and pets are in your house as they pull it. They are even hard to open and close.

Befitting: They’re ideal for places with high ceilings since the puddle beautifully connects the ceiling and floor. They provide a rich impression, these curtains are commonly found in historic and big homes.

Some Useful Tips

  • To get the perfect width for your curtain, calculate the window’s width by multiplying it by 1.5 to 3 times.
  • Curtains should not be hung too low it will make your space look short. which is something you do not want.
  • Your curtain rod should be larger than your window.
  • Curtains should be hung at least a few inches above the windows.
  • The curtain rod should not be hung within the window frame.
  • If you want greater coverage, match your curtains with blinds.

You can choose the length of your curtain based on what type of look you want to achieve for your space and the size of your window.