How to Hang Overlapping Curtains

Give your curtains a different look with interesting curtains. Aside from the regular side-to-side curtain panel hanging, you can also learn how to hang overlapping curtains. Give your windows a whole new look in just a few easy steps.


You don’t need to drill on new brackets or install complicated pieces of hardware. All you need is a bunch of curtain clip rings and your regular decorative rod. Hang the curtain at an alternative placement on the rod and put it on the window.


how to hang overlapping curtains

Why overlap your curtains?

While regularly hung curtains already look fantastic, what’s the harm in playing a little bit with the design? After all, who could say no to a lovely pair of overlapped sheer curtains? This unique way of hanging curtains presents a graceful and distinctive look.


It is also a lot easier than it seems. Please don’t feel too intimidated by its luxurious appearance. You can easily pull this look together in just a few easy steps. We will show you how to hang overlapping curtains using clip rings and a single rod.


Step 1: Select your curtain.

For this design, a flat curtain panel won’t give you a look that we are going for. It is important to choose a curtain fabric that is wide enough to cover the window from left to right while still looking full. 


It also looks even better when overlapped with sheer curtains. The thin and lightweight fabric allows you to see the overlapping effect more clearly. Since sheer fabrics are translucent, overlapping them enables you to control the room’s amount of natural light.


Step 2: Purchase your hardware.

Some people try to do this curtain layering technique using tab top curtains. However, using a clip ring will let you slide the curtain in and out of the rod in one swift motion. It’s easier to adjust the placements along the curtain rod.


Curtain clip rings are also relatively easy to find and are budget-friendly too. You can customize them by applying metallic gold or silver spray paint. Make sure that your curtain clip rings match the color of your decorative rod. 


Step 3: Hang your curtains

Take your clip rings and start clipping them on the upper part of your curtain fabric. Make sure to place them at equal distances to ensure that the hardware creates a smooth, balanced, and streamlined impression. 


Be meticulous when it comes to attaching your curtain clip rings. You need to pay attention to these kinds of details, especially in the world of drapery. You can use a tape measure if you feel the need to do so.


This next step might be a bit difficult to follow. Start by gathering your curtain panels and place them one on top of the other. Take the first curtain ring of the first panel and slip it onto the rod. Take the first curtain ring of the second panel and drop it onto the rod as well. 


Repeat the same process, slipping one ring after another in an alternating manner. Make sure that the rings lying alongside each other don’t belong to the same panel. Keep doing the same procedure until you successfully place all the rings on the rod.


Finishing touches

Hang your curtain rod onto the bracket and adjust the curtains. You will find that using clip rings as curtain hardware makes them easier to move around. However, you can still do the same overlapping effect with tab top curtains. 


Secure the curtains to the side with elegant tiebacks. Install holdbacks at the edge of the windows to tie your curtains gracefully to the sides. You will get a sophisticated, light, and airy window treatment result.


Curtain layering

Overlapping curtains are a type of drapery layering design when styling modern and contemporary house designs. Other kinds of layering techniques fit minimalistic and industrial kinds of interior. 


I think we can all admit that sometimes normal can seem a bit too boring. Luckily, no specific rule tells us we can’t do things in our own special way. In fact, there are tons of different ways to hang curtains that give your home a completely different look. 


Once you have mastered the art of layering draperies such as pairing sheers over solids and combining brilliant colors, you can always take your designing ideas to the next level. It all starts with the foundation of your window treatment ideas. 


Curtain layering is an easy, cost-efficient, and beneficial decorating hack with aesthetically pleasing effects alongside practical and convenient benefits. For instance, did you know that layered curtains actually provide better insulation?


Additionally, overlapping is perfect for sheer curtains. Since the translucent material doesn’t actually shield the inside of our homes from public view, doubling the layer improves your home’s seclusion. Not to mention, it looks chic and trendy too. 


Design Tips

Complete any window treatment with elegant tiebacks and holdbacks that will really pull the room together. You don’t always have to go for expensive curtain accessories. Try to work with what you have at home, such as an old twine and some decorative lace.


Also, since we are working with sheer fabric, you might want to be picky with your rods. A regular-looking rod might not do the trick. Try to look for elegant curtain rods with beautiful final pieces to complete the look. Once you have learned how to hang overlapping curtains, you can discover a lot more creative curtain hanging styles. 


how to make your own without sewing

Easy Window Curtains: How to Make Your Own Without Sewing

Window treatments can be expensive, but luckily there are many ways to save money on your window curtains. This article will show you how to make your own without sewing!


Steps on Make Curtains Without Sewing

Step 1. Buy fabric and a rod that matches the size of your window. You will also need to buy some pins, an ironing board, scissors, measuring tape or ruler, and something to make a hem (such as thread).

Step 2. Measure how wide your curtains should be by adding two inches on either side for hems. The height should be the length of your window.

Step 3. Buy one yard of fabric for every panel that you want to make (e.g., if you are making three panels, buy three yards). Also, measure how wide and long your curtains should be by adding two inches on either side to account for hems. The height will depend on how many windows and how long your panels are.

Step 4. Cut the fabric to size for each panel of curtains and hem any edges that need it by folding over once, ironing flat, then pressing with a hot iron. You can leave them raw if you want an unfinished look which is what I did here.

Step 5. Take one piece at a time and pin it to the top of your window, leaving room on either side for how wide you want it and hemming.

Step 6. Begin sewing around the perimeter with a straight stitch, moving from left to right or right to left. You can use an overcast stitch if you have thicker fabric that needs more support. Be sure not to sew past where your panel ends.

Step 7. Repeat with the remaining panels and leave your curtains open until it’s time to hang them up!


How to Wash Curtains

  • Wash in cold water on the delicate cycle and dry flat. You can also take care of light stains by spritzing with a stain remover or vinegar before washing.
  • For more stubborn stains, soak the curtains in water mixed with a little detergent and stain remover for 30 minutes before washing.
  • To remove dust, vacuum the curtains or shake outside.
  • Avoid washing your curtain with a load of towels as it could fray or cause shrinkage in some fabrics.


How to Hang Curtains

Hanging your curtains can be as simple or elegant as you want them to be.

Hangers: You can use a variety of hangers for different looks, including plastic sticks in shower clips, clear clothespins, and fabric loops.

Rods: Basic curtain rods are perfect with most fabrics but if you have heavier fabrics, use a metal rod.

Hooks: Hang hooks at the top of your window frame, then simply hang your curtains over them.

Rod Pocket Cords: You can use these to hang your curtains without sewing. They provide a cleaner, more finished look and they’re good for heavier fabrics that won’t stay on regular hooks.

Tiebacks/Cord Loops: These are great for short windows with no rods or if you don’t want the hassle of installing anything else. Just tie them to the top corners of the panel.

Ropes: Use these if you’re looking for a more natural look and feel. You can attach them to your window frame with eye hooks, then hang your panels over them in any way that works best for you (hanging one on each side or hanging both from one side).

Tension Rods: These are best for short windows. Just place the rods on any side of your window, then hang one curtain over them and use a tension rod to keep it in place (you’ll need two).


How to Preserve Curtains to last long

Hang your curtains in a way that they won’t touch the floor or ground. This will ensure you don’t have to replace them because of mold growth.

Wash your curtain at least once every three months with water and detergent, then hang it outside for some fresh air before storing it away again (you can also use a dryer sheet).

Store your curtains at room temperature in an area with good air circulation.

If you’re storing it away for the wintertime, make sure to put them in a sealed plastic bag or container that will keep bugs out. Make sure to give them time before using them again by airing them out outdoors.


The Benefits of Window Curtains

  1. They’re a great way to get privacy in your home without taking down the curtains. Privacy helps keep both sunlight and light from outside sources out, which can help you sleep better at night by reducing how much artificial light is spilling into your bedroom.
  2. Window treatments add an elegant touch to your home. Curtains are a great way to liven up any room in the house or can be chosen for how they coordinate with the colors of your furniture and other decor pieces that you have.
  3. They’re also an easy way to change the feel of your windows without having to spend too much money! Window treatments can be swapped out with the seasons, to add a festive feel during the holiday season.
  4. Curtains are also an easy way to make any room in your home more inviting and welcoming!

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