How to Layer Curtains Like a Pro
Layering curtains has numerous benefits. It’s an easy decorating hack that adds color and depth to your windows and enhances and beautifies the space.
It’s also a great way to double-down on privacy. Plus, layered curtains provide extra insulation that can increase energy efficiency and lower utility costs for your home.
But the process of selecting, coordinating and hanging double-layered curtains can get tricky (not to mention frustrating).
In this post, we’ll break down how to select the right layers for curtains and set them up, hassle-free.
How to Layer Curtains and Drapes in 3 Steps
Learn how to hang two layers of curtains in three easy steps, and even add extra finishing touches to complete the look.
Step 1: Install Hardware
Make sure to select a double curtain rod bracket and the right length rods based on the style you’ve chosen and the length of your window. If your window extends more than 30 inches across, you’ll want to install a center support bracket to reinforce the rods.
Step 2: Layer Curtains
Next, assemble your base layer. As mentioned above, the base could be a sheer or opaque curtain, shade or blind. Feed the curtain rod through your curtain panels.
Then, assemble your second outer layer (typically an opaque or blackout curtain). It’ll look something like this:
Step 3: Add Finishing Touches
Attach decorative finials to the ends of your curtain rods. Finials aren’t just for looks – they prevent the curtains from sliding off the end of the rod. Choose a finial that complements the curtain rods and the style of the room.
You can also add tiebacks or holdbacks for both decoration and functionality. Secure the tiebacks in the middle of the outer curtain layers. Tiebacks bring the look together and invite even more light into the room.
Tips to Choose the Right Curtain Layers
When it comes to choosing your curtain layers, start by selecting a base layer and an outer layer.
Here are the most popular combinations for window treatments:
- Sheers and drapes: The most common and practical method for layering curtains. Use double brackets and double curtain rods to layer a sheer curtain under an opaque or blackout drape or curtain. This technique allows sunlight to shine through while still maintaining privacy.
- Shades and curtains: This is a good option if you prefer window blinds or shades, or already have blinds or shades installed. Only a single bracket and rod is needed for the outer curtain layer.
- Curtains and valances or cornices: Decorative valances and cornices cover the upper portion of a window, and are typically used to mask curtain hardware. This combination is best if you’re going for something more formal and traditional.
From L to R: sheers and drapes, shades and curtains, curtains and valances.
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Tips to Choose the Right Size and Color Curtains
In addition to choosing the best curtain layers for your home, you’ll need to accurately measure your windows and pick the right-size window treatments.
Curtain length varies depending on the style you prefer. There are three rule-of-thumb curtain lengths:
- Float: Have your curtains “float” right above the floor, less than one inch from the ground.
- Kiss: Position your curtains so they graze or “kiss” the floor. This technique requires precise measuring.
- Puddle: Use this method for longer, heavier curtains that can flare out, or “puddle” on the floor. This style is suited for more formal rooms using high-quality fabrics and drapery.
Curtain colors can either complement or contrast the look and feel of your space. If you want the curtains to blend in with the room, pick a color compatible with the furniture. If you want the curtains to be a focal point, choose a color that contrasts the walls. More importantly, make sure you select a color and pattern you genuinely love.
Layer Curtains Quickly and Easily with Kwik-Hang
Layering curtains doesn’t have to be complicated. Yet homeowners and renters often avoid hanging curtains altogether. Standard curtain hardware takes too long to install, requires multiple tools and causes wall damage.
Kwik-Hang’s double curtain rod brackets eliminate all your curtain-hanging problems. With these no-drill, no-screw brackets, you can install layered curtains in seconds without damaging the walls. Simply align the brackets to the trim of the window, tap them in and hang your curtains.
Double center support brackets are also available for windows wider than 30 inches. Plus, Kwik-Hang brackets hold up to 20 lbs. so you can hang heavier drapes with ease. Kwik-Hang is the perfect solution for hanging and layering your curtains in damage-free and hassle-free fashion.