You Might Be Making These Drapery and Drapery Rod Mistakes

We’ve all been there: You’ve just installed some brand-new drapes and hardware on your windows, but no matter what you do—something looks off. Fret not friends, Barn & Willow is here to help. From hanging your hardware too low to not clipping your curtain rings on evenly, read ahead for eight common mistakes to avoid when installing your window treatments.

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1. You're not hanging your hardware high enough

Believe it or not, Barn & Willow recommends hanging your rods at least 6 inches above the frame of the window to help create the illusion of a larger space.

2. You're buying low-quality hardware

Buying cheap hardware might save you money up front, but we guaranteed you’ll regret it in the long run. Stick with high-quality hardware, like Barn & Willow’s bespoke drapery hardware collection, since the inexpensive stuff can cause sagging in the middle of your curtain rod (under the weight of the drapery panel).

3. You’re ordering too short of a curtain rod

Never underestimate the impact of a curtain rod that’s too short for your windows. When pushed back, the drapery panels won't clear the window, so you’ll be stuck with an unsightly scene.

4. You’re not measuring your drapes correctly

Nothing is worse than investing in drapes that don’t actually fit your windows properly. Luckily, Barn & Willow has a handy measurement finder tool that’ll help you measure your drapes like a pro in no time.

5. You’re not adding lining

A little lining can go a long way when creating fullness for your drapes. Barn & Willow recommends always adding a lining to your drapes (with the exception of sheers) to add weight to the drapery so that it looks fuller and falls better.

6. You’re not clipping your curtain rings on evenly

Nothing destroys the appearance of your drapes faster than a bunch of funky folds. Take care to clip your curtain rings on properly and evenly to avoid any unnecessary bunching. Or better yet, invest in grommet-style drapes to bypass the need for curtain rings entirely.

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