Size matters – especially when it comes to windows.
Large, wide windows are a highly sought-after feature in a home. They’re visually appealing, inviting and offer a bright, welcoming gateway to the outside world.
But finding the right window treatments for expansive windows can be a daunting task. It’s challenging to maintain the aesthetic of large windows without going overboard when it comes to hanging curtains. And you don’t want to sacrifice an inch of that beautiful natural light!
Luckily, we’ve got you covered. Today, we’ll show you how to hang curtains for wide windows with ease and cover our six favorite curtain ideas.
How to Hang Curtains for Wide Windows
Before you start, take note of these three important considerations:
- Purpose: What’s the function of your curtains? Do you want extra privacy? Light filtering? Or just for decoration?
- Budget: How much can you spend? Purchasing curtains and hardware for large windows can add up quickly. Remember you’ll need single or double center support brackets for extra reinforcement.
- Style: What style do you want to create? Since large windows are a focal point of the room, you’ll want to match your décor and ambiance as closely as possible (it’ll be obvious if your curtains are lackluster).
6 Curtain Ideas for Wide Windows
1. Hang Curtains Only on the Edges
The easiest, most economical way to decorate larger windows is to hang a standard set of curtains with one panel on each end.
This technique is ideal for inviting ample light into a room. However, you’ll have to compromise on privacy, so this method is better suited for living, dining or entertaining rooms.
2. Hang Multiple Lightweight Panels to Create Continuity
This method works well if you have a row of multiple windows next to one another.
Hang curtain panels at each window break or equidistantly across your windows to create an illusion of continuity. It’ll make your windows appear larger and more inviting.
Keep in mind that you won’t be able to cover your windows entirely using this technique. If privacy is a big selling point for you, try our next tip instead.
3. Hang Sheer Curtains Seamlessly
We’re big fans of sheer curtains. They’re lightweight, elegant, affordable and suitable for taller windows.
These curtains stand perfectly on their own so you won’t need additional draperies to complete the look. Plus, you’ll still be able to enjoy the view and the light while maintaining privacy. If you have a bedroom with giant windows, sheer curtains will be a good fit for you.
We recommend combining multiple sheer panels to create a soft, seamless and luxurious look.
4. Swap Curtains For Window Scarves
Don’t want to hang curtains traditionally? Try window scarves – it’s one of our favorite curtain ideas for a reason!
Window scarves are a unique way to upgrade your dining room or living room windows. This style is compatible with most windows regardless of size (make sure you have enough fabric to work with).
It’s easy to get creative with window scarves – just switch up the scarf style and you instantly have a new look for your windows.
5. Experiment With Color and Fabric
Still conflicted on how to decorate your larger-than-normal windows? Don’t panic – your windows are a décor blessing in disguise.
You can experiment with multiple colors or different fabrics. For example, try hanging velvet drapes on the outer edges and accent the center with sheers to create a luxe, modern look.
6. Utilize Shades With Curtains as Accents
Wide windows do fall short when it comes to delivering full privacy and insulation during colder months.
If you need complete privacy or insulation, it may be best to invest in blinds, shades or shutters instead. You’ll still be able to adorn your windows with curtains while maintaining your privacy.
Keep it Simple with Kwik-Hang Curtain Rod Brackets
Your curtain-hanging worries shouldn’t be as big as your windows. That’s why we created Kwik-Hang.
Our damage-free curtain rod brackets are the perfect solution for hanging curtains on wide windows. Just align the brackets to your window trim, tap with a hammer or mallet and hang your curtains in minutes. No measuring, screws or drills needed!