Ideas for hanging long sheer curtains

Updated February 21, 2017

Whether your window is big, small or somewhere in between, you can use a long, sheer curtain to cover it up and spice up the space. Although a long, sheer curtain won't help keep your house warm in the winter, it can be used in any space without looking out of place. Add sheer curtains to an otherwise dark and heavy area to create lightness in the room, or mix it up with a heavier window treatment to give the room a softer look.

Keep It Simple

If you're going for simple and light, hang long, sheer curtains by themselves at your windows. To make a short window look longer, or to add a touch of elegance, place curtain rods right next to the ceiling or hang them from the ceiling to create a long, cascading effect. This sheer treatment also adds a grand element to a room with tall ceilings. For a more traditional look, position rods about 4 to 6 inches above the window.

Swag It

If you've got an extra sheer curtain or two on hand and you don't know what to do with it, repurpose the curtain and create a swag at the top of your window treatment. The light weight of most long, sheer curtains makes them an excellent option to create other parts of your window treatment. Loop your sheer curtain around the entire curtain rod to create a full swag, or use it only on one side of a window to draw the eye away from an odd window size or an imperfection.

Wire It Up

For tall spaces or long sets of windows where hanging a curtain rod would be impractical, wire up your sheer curtains. Use aircraft cable, turnbuckles and wire rope clips to run a piece of cable near the ceiling from one side of the room to the other. Slip the curtain on the cable and position it into place to finish the look. This method of hanging your sheer curtains can also be used to hang sheer curtains across a loft or studio space to divide the area.

Add Detail

To create a different look than the typical hanging curtain, add detail. Sew buttons every few inches along the top of your sheer curtain and make buttonholes on the other side, and button your curtain around the rod instead of slipping it on. Create a line of holes and along the top of the curtain to thread the curtain to the rod, or use fun clothes pins to create a crafty look in a child's room or playroom.

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