Curtains: How Low Should You Go?

February 26, 2014

I recently saw a picture of a cool-neutral living space with pooled curtains that dressed gorgeous ceiling-high windows. It then made me question what the appropriate length is for curtains in your home. So I did some research and this is what I found that answered my question:

Floating curtains are great for high use spaces because they are easy to open and close. They give the space a tailored and refined look but can also come at a high price to fit just right. If you want this look and you're buying ready made panels, I suggest placing the curtain rod at the right height so the curtains will float ever so lightly above your floor. How much space between the curtains and floor? I'd say about 1/2 - 1 inches above the floor. Any more than that it can make your room feel unfinished and wimpy (yea I just said wimpy when talking about curtains).

Breaking curtains are more relaxed than refined floating curtains. They can sit about 1 - 3 inches onto the floor. This look is perfect if you can't afford tailoring. Also, a great choice if your curtain rod is set in its location and you buy ready made panels longer than the window that break onto the floor. Who would of thought that would actually be in style?

Pooling curtains create a more elegant and luxurious look mainly for curtains that are stationary and rarely moved. I wouldn't recommend them if you need to open and close your curtains frequently. These curtains usually lay anywhere from 4 inches plus onto the floor. They look best in luxe fabrics such as velvet, silk, or satin. Textiles that look as lush to the eye as they are to the hand are perfect for these type of curtains.

There you have it. Most people just measure their windows and buy whichever curtain is long enough to cover them.  But there is more to it than that. Now you know the 3 most common lengths of curtains and what kind of style each portrays. Thanks for reading :) 


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