How to Hem Curtains

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After hours of browsing online and looking at textiles at the store, you’ve finally found the perfect pair of curtains for your home! 

There’s just one small issue. Your new curtains are too long and need to be shortened to accommodate your windows perfectly. 

Luckily, hemming your curtains at home is easier than you think. You don’t have to break the bank getting your curtains tailored by a professional.

We’ve put together a comprehensive step-by-step guide to help you hem your curtains to the perfect length for your windows.

Hem Curtains to the Right Length

When shopping for curtains, you’ll often find that they come in a select few standard lengths (typically 63, 84, 95, 108 or 120 inches). However, these measurements won’t always work for every window. 

Tailoring curtains to the appropriate length isn’t just for styling purposes. Hemming also prevents the fabric from drooping on the floor, fraying and posing a tripping hazard. That’s why it’s important to hem your curtains to the right length to fit your windows properly. 

Curious about curtain lengths? We explain everything you need to know about curtain length rules for your home.

With a few measurements and materials, you’ll be able to get your curtains to the optimal length in no time. 

How to Hem Curtains

Learn how to hem curtains at home in seven easy steps. 

Here’s what you’ll need: 

  • Tape measure
  • Iron or ironing board
  • Straight pins
  • Hand-sewing needle
  • Matching thread

Step 1: Hang Curtains

The first step to finding the optimal length for your curtains is to hang them in the desired area of your home. 

You can use Kwik-Hang’s damage-free curtain rod brackets and curtain rods to make this step a breeze. All you have to do is align the Kwik-Hang brackets to your window trim, tap them in place and set up your curtain rod and panels to determine how much hemming you need to do. 

Learn more about how to hang curtains here.

Step 2: Pull Curtains

After hanging your curtains, gently pull the fabric towards the floor to see the exact length. It’s important to observe how much excess fabric you have so you can hem them to the perfect length.

Step 3: Pin Curtains

Anchor straight pins where you would like to hem the curtains. Make sure the pins are placed in a straight line so you don’t hem the curtains unevenly.

Step 4: Measure Length for Sewing

Use your tape measure to ensure that the straight pins are evenly aligned. Keep in mind that most floors aren’t perfectly leveled, so double-checking measurements and straightness is a critical step. 

Step 5: Fold and Iron Hem

Next, fold the hem up evenly and heat the iron to prepare for sewing. 

Use the straight pins to continue to hold the hem in place. Iron across, slowly and firmly to secure the fold of the hem. You can remove the straight pins once you’re done ironing.

Step 6: Sew Curtains

You can sew by hand or use a sewing machine to secure the newly measured hem on your curtains. Aim to sew as close to the folded edge as possible.

Step 7: Rehang Curtains

You’re ready to go! Once the hem is sewn, it’s time to rehang the finished product. 

Using your no-drill Kwik-Hang curtain rod brackets and curtain rods, you can rehang your newly fitted curtains with ease. 

With this foolproof DIY hemming method, you can avoid shelling out tons of money to get your curtains tailored! 

Solve Your Curtain Hassles the Kwik Way

Hemming curtains at home can take time, but that doesn’t mean the rest of the curtain-hanging process has to drag on, too. 

Kwik-Hang is an easy and hassle-free way to hang curtains. Put up your curtains in seconds with the help of Kwik-Hang’s no-drill, damage-free curtain rod brackets and stylish rod collection.

All you need to do is position the brackets to the window frame and tap them into the woodwork gently with a hammer – absolutely no measuring or drilling required! 

Kwik-Hang brackets are available in 5/8 or 1-inch widths to accommodate standard curtain rods. Choose from various color options to match your furniture, textiles or decorating style. 

If you’re looking for the easiest, most affordable way to hang your curtains, try Kwik-Hang risk-free today! 

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