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right length for hemming curtains

hlechat | Posted in General Discussion on

am getting ready to hem some lovely maize linen curtains, and can’t decide on the length.


i have one end pinned up longer, and the other a bit shorter, to see which i like.

i am stumped!!!   LOL


what is the conventional wisdom? is there a prescribed hieght off the floor i should go with???







  1. oldusty | | #1

      Hi Megan ,

                    If the curtain or drapery will traverse or open , 3/4" off the floor is standard .

         If the curtain or panel is stationary then you may want to allow more length create a tied up or a puddled look or not  .

                      hope this helps


    1. hlechat | | #2

      That is excellent advice, and exaclty what i was looking for.


      They are on a rod and can be opened, so I will be going with the 3/4 inch off the floor.


      thanks so much!


      1. oldusty | | #3

        Megan ,

                    The 3/4" is pretty flexible , when a treatment is in front of a sliding door you may want to leave extra room for a door mat or carpet .

                            regards  dusty

        1. diday | | #4

          Another consideration is whether there is cold air return register below the window. In that case I would shorten them to cover the casing below the window sill.

          1. hlechat | | #5

            MORE great advice!!


            I LOVE this board!!  many many thanks to everyone!


            Off to pin up the curtains!! (No register or sliding glass door -- a regular boring window,  but I am humbled at how many clever people there are on this message board!!)



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