How to Hang Curtains Over Horizontal Blinds That Stick Out
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If you have ever dealt with horizontal blinds, you know that they can be a pain to deal with. The cords get tangled, the blinds get in the way, and they just generally make a mess of things. One way to deal with this problem is to hang curtains over the horizontal blinds. This will not only give you some privacy, but it will also help to keep the blinds from getting in the way.
What You’ll Need
Before you start, make sure you have the following materials:
You’ll also need a friend or family member to help you with this project.
Step One: Measuring and Marking
The first step is to measure the distance from the top of the window to the bottom of the sill. Add six inches to this measurement to account for the curtains’ rod pocket, and mark this measurement on the wall above the window.
Next, using a level, mark a horizontal line at the top of the window at the level you just measured. This will be your guide for placing your curtain rod bracket. At this point, you should also decide how far from the window you want your curtains to hang. A good rule of thumb is to add four inches to either side of the window for a total of eight inches. Measure out from your level line on both sides and make a mark at your desired width.
Step Two: Cutting the Curtain Panel
Next, you will need to cut the curtain panel. You will want to allow for about two inches above the top of the window, and then about four inches on each side. Once you have cut the panel, you will need to hem it. To do this, simply fold over the fabric about a half inch, and then iron it flat. Then, fold over the fabric again about a quarter of an inch, and iron it flat. Finally, sew along the edge of the fabric.
Step Three: Hanging the Curtain Panel
Now that you have drawn your curtains and prepared your hardware, it is time to hang the curtain panel. United States have different standards for curtain lengths, but Europe follows the metric system. The most important thing to remember is to allow for proper fullness, which is usually two to three times the width of the window. This will ensure that your curtains look lush and full when closed and still provide privacy when open.
If you are working with a particularly wide window, you may want to consider using two panels instead of one. In this case, often called pinch pleated curtains, each panel is hung using its own ring clips or hooks. This allows you to space the panels as you wish and still maintain fullness. To ensure a symmetrical look, use a tape measure to draw a light pencil line at the halfway point of your window before hanging the first panel.
Once you have determined where you want your curtains to fall, it’s time to put up hardware. If you are using a rod that extends past either side of the window frame, find studs in the wall using a stud finder and mark their location with a pencil. Drill pilot holes at these marks using a 1/8-inch drill bit, then insert your drywall anchors. Finally, screw in your mounting brackets following the package instructions. If your rod doesn’t extend beyond the frame or if you are using rings clipped directly to the fabric, simply screw your brackets into place without worrying about finding studs.
Step Four: Attaching the Curtain Rings
Now that you have your fabric and dowel, it’s time to attach the curtain rings. This is a simple process:
1. Measure the width of your fabric and add six inches for hemming. Cut the fabric to this width.
2. Fold over the top of the fabric one inch and iron flat. Then fold over another inch and iron flat again. Sew along the edge to create a finished top edge.
3. Cut your dowel to the correct length, based on the width of your window plus six inches for each side (for example, if your window is 50 inches wide, you’ll need a dowel that’s 62 inches long).
4. Place the dowel on top of the wrong side of the fabric, lining up with the finished top edge. Fold over each side of the fabric so that it covers the ends of the dowel, then sew along these edges to secure in place.
5. Measure evenly along the top edge of your fabric/dowel combination and mark with a pencil where you’ll place each curtain ring. Once all marks are in place, screw in the rings (following manufacturer’s directions).
6 Curtains complete! Hang them on your favorite hooks or traverse rod and adjust to your liking
Step Five: Adjusting the Curtain Rings
The next step is to put the rings on the rod and adjust them so the curtains will hang evenly. It’s important to make sure the rings are level, so your curtains will look neat and professional. Once the rings are in place, you can attach the hooks to the back of the ring.
Step Six: Hanging the Curtains
Assuming you have bought the correct size and style of curtains for your window, the next step is to hang them. Many people choose to hang curtains over horizontal blinds that stick out, as this can provide a cleaner look and make it easier to open and close the curtains. Here is a step-by-step guide to hanging curtains over horizontal blinds:
1. Measure the width of the window and add an extra inch or two on each side, depending on how much overlap you want. This will be the width of your curtain panels.
2. Measure the length of the window from the top of the molding to where you want the curtain to fall (usually just above the sill). This will be the length of your curtain panels.
3. Cut your fabric panels to size, using a sharp pair of scissors or a rotary cutter. If you are using a patterned fabric, make sure the patterns are aligned before cutting.
4. Hem each side of the panels by folding over 1/2 inch of fabric and pressing with an iron. Then fold over again 1/2 inch (or more if you want a wider hem) and press again. Sew along the hem using a straight stitch or a zigzag stitch (if you are using a fray-resistant thread).
5. Attach drapery hooks along the top edge of each panel, spacing them evenly according to The Curtain Shop’s instructions. Alternatively, you can use ring clips, which will give your curtains a gathered look when they are hung.
6. Hang your panels on the rod, starting with the center hooks first and then working your way out to each side. Make sure all hooks are securely in place before letting go of the fabric.
Step Seven: Adjusting the Curtains
Now that your curtains are hung, it’s time to make any necessary adjustments. If the curtains are too long, you can either hem them or tie them up with a decorative ribbon or cord. If the curtains are too wide, you can either gather them with a gathers tape or add a decorative tie-back.
We hope that this guide has been helpful in showing you how to hang curtains over horizontal blinds that stick out. Remember, the key is to measure carefully and use the proper hardware to ensure that your curtains hang evenly and look neat and polished. With a little bit of effort, you can achieve a professionally-done look that will add both style and function to your windows.