Last Updated on February 26, 2013 by Kristi Linauer
Good morning, friends! I’m slowly chipping away at my “to do” list for my hallway, and I think I’ll actually have the final ta daaaaaa to show you next week.
I finally made a trip to Home Depot yesterday and actually remembered to purchase the items I needed to hang my striped painted curtains properly. So last night as I was finishing those up, it dawned on me that many of you might not know the secret of the drapery return. So for those of you who aren’t familiar with this simple trick used by the pros, and what a difference it can make in the appearance of your draperies and curtains, let me show you! (I apologize in advance for the dark pictures. It was quite late, and I clearly forgot to turn on the lights in the family room.)
First, let’s take a look at how most people hang their curtains and draperies. Most just use clip rings all the way across. The final result looks something like this…
The problem with that method is that from the side, you can see several inches of space between the curtains and the window (or closet, in my case). When the purpose of my curtains is to hide my closet, this method of hanging the curtains kind of defeats the purpose.
Not only is this not an attractive look, but in some rooms, it might make your draperies less effective. For example, if you’ve gone to the trouble of adding blackout lining to your bedroom draperies to keep the early morning sun out, these big gaps will still allow the sun to stream in.
And again…it’s just not attractive. Nothing about this looks professional.
The good news is that you don’t have to hire a professional to correct the problem. And in fact, the solution is very inexpensive and simple. All that you’ll need is a drapery pin and an eye screw for each end.
First, screw an eye screw into the wall at the end of the rod (between the bracket and the finial) at the same height as the top of the curtains (minus about 1/8th of an inch).
Now remove the drapery ring…
…and insert a drapery pin so that the top of the hook is right at or just below the top of the curtains.
Now move the last drapery ring into the space between the bracket and the finial, and slip the drapery hook over the eye screw.
No more unsightly gap! Wasn’t that easy? And doesn’t that make such a huge difference?! Now you know the secret of the pros.
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