Years ago when I posted a tutorial for stenciled drop cloth curtains, I included my alternative method for hanging them. For some reason this little idea hit a chord with a lot of readers (and appalled one commenter on Apartment Therapy who apparently takes window dressing VERY seriously 🙂 ).
I often get inquiries about how the curtains are hung, so I thought I’d break it down into it’s own little tutorial for those of you who might have a similar dilemma.
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I absolutely love all the light from our two bay windows in our dining room, but they are super awkward. The windows are actually different styles and one of theme has a bunch of funky wall angles, plus a built-in cabinet under it, that make using bay window rods with corner joints a bit of a nightmare.
I could have just gone with roman shades on all the windows but I didn’t want to block any natural light in here, plus I figured curtains might disguise the weird mismatched window situation, and I’m a big fan of simple full length curtains anyway.
Many years ago I saw a similar idea in a design show house, and have since used it in our last three houses: curtain rings hung on cabinet knobs.
This method allows you to hang the rings on various walls with an angle situation like I have, and lets the curtain curve as needed.
A quick tutorial:
I took a knob with me to the hardware store to find a hanger bolt that would fit. These 8-32 x 1-1/2 ones were perfect for the cabinet knobs I bought.
Screw the knob and the hanger bolt together.
MOUNT THE KNOBS
Use a level to draw a very light line with a pencil,
then measure, mark and drill pilot holes for your hanger bolts. Make sure the pilot hole is smaller than the screw size. Erase your guide line.
HANG THE CURTAINS | RING CLIP METHOD
When I hung the stenciled drop cloth curtains a few years back, I used rings with clips, folding down the top of the panel so it was the right length.
The clip method is quick and easy, but if you want a more finished look, keep reading.
The even better way….
HANG THE CURTAINS | SEWN IN RING METHOD
My stenciled drop cloth curtains were super inexpensive and were great for a few years while we put our house budget towards other projects. This year we were ready for an upgrade and I was JUST ABOUT to pull the trigger on having custom curtains made for this room (remember this Instagram post?)…..
….when these curtains from West Elm went on sale (Star Flocked Curtains in Ivory).
Look how similar they are to one of the fabrics I was considering!!
They are 100% linen with a velvety, raised pattern and I rather liked them for my white & “oyster” whole house color palette that allows me to change up the colors I use throughout the year – plus, they were a heckuva lot less expensive than having curtains made.
To attach the rings to the curtains I figured out how much of a hem I needed to make, then folded the curtain panels over at the top, and hand sewed the rings through both layers (I also lined them with a white sheet I cut in half but that’s story for another day.) I didn’t even bother to take off the clips, they are hidden anyway.
A bit of ironing was in order, then up they went on the knobs.
Here is the difference between using the clips and sewing the rings in.
So much more finished looking without the clips (now I need to sew in the rings on curtains all around our house!)
The panels that are on the angle would hang beautifully if not for my cabinet, but I don’t mind how they sashay out like that. Gotta work with what you’ve got! See how the knobs wrap around the 3 angles of that corner on the right window?
Facing these windows hung on the funky angles, they look straight and frame out the window prettily.
(I just painted all around these windows white because I’m thinking of adding trim and crown here to further alleviate the awkwardness and wanted to get a feel for it.)
I like that for my awkward windows, the hardware is not a major focal point….it’s a subtle little detail and hanging the curtains this way allows me to have the full length panels I wanted, and give the windows the illusion of being the same.
If you dont’ want to go the subtle route, just think of all the beautiful and interesting knobs out there that you could use to hang your curtains!! Kinda makes me think it’s time to add a little bling to mine.
I hope this little tutorial helps those of you who are struggling to figuring out how to hang curtains on weird and wacky walls!
I think some Trader Joes flowers are in order to celebrate finding solutions to bothersome problems, don’t you???
Wishing you a happy weekend friends!