Hanging tab curtains is a quick and easy way to add privacy or decorate your windows. They are also wonderful for helping keep out the cold in the winter! Tab curtains can be hung using tacks, hooks, or adhesive strips. Follow this how-to guide on how to hang tab curtains of any size quickly and easily!
Steps on Hanging Tap Curtains
Step #1. Measure the width of your window
Determine how long you want each tab to be and multiply by two (to account for both sides). Cut strips of fabric with this length on the bias; it’s easier to work with that way because it stretches when sewn together. You will need enough tabs, so every other one overlaps the other.
Step #2. Sew the tabs together at one end, leaving a long tail of thread on each so they can be tied to hang from the curtain rod (using tacks or hooks). Use this as you would any tieback and loop it through your curtains and over both sides of the window. Tie them in place tightly with a double knot.
Step #3. Hang your curtains and then tie the tabs to the curtain rod. They will form a diamond shape when tied on both sides, but that’s okay. You can also loop them over each other in an “X” if you want a different look or have three across for more coverage at narrow windows.
Step #4. The last step is making sure the tabs are evenly spaced on both sides of your curtain rod and then tying them securely.
What are Tab Curtains?
Tab curtains are a type of window treatment created by sewing tabs to the bottom edge and top edge, which hang down from the curtain rod. The top tab is folded over itself, forming an “X” shape with loops on either side. These loops can be hung in many different ways for one’s specific needs or desires.
- They are often used as a liner for other window treatments, such as draperies.
- They’re most commonly hung in bedrooms or small kitchens and bathrooms where more privacy is needed.
What are the Advantages of Tab Curtains?
- Tab curtains have many benefits that make them popular among homeowners. Some of these include:
- The tabs can be easily removed for cleaning or replaced.
- They offer greater privacy than other curtains due to the tabbing design, making it difficult for people outside a window to see inside.
- Tab curtains are relatively easy and inexpensive to install as they don’t require any rods or hardware fixtures.
What Should you Consider When Hanging Tab Curtains?
If you’re not sure how to hang tab curtains, or if you want them hung in a specific way based on your preferences, it’s best to hire an expert installer.
This will ensure that they are installed correctly and professionally for the long term. You should also be aware of any local building codes surrounding hanging tab curtains from the exterior of a building.
How to wash tab curtains
You should read the product’s care instructions before washing your tab curtains. Remember to close any windows or doors in the room where you’re washing them so that they don’t get wet and are less likely to shrink during drying.
You may want to consider using a fabric softener if you plan on hanging them out on the line, as this will soften the fabric and make them more comfortable to touch.
If you have a dryer, be sure that it is set on low heat not to shrink your curtains while they are in the dryer. Again, this would also depend on how delicate they are (some fabrics can’t withstand higher temperatures). Hang the tab curtains outside to dry if at all possible.
If you do not have a clothesline, use the lowest temperature on your delicates setting and hang them out by hand (hang over a shower rod or another line) to get the last of the water out. Squeeze as much of it out from behind before hanging so that it doesn’t drip down the back.
After they are dry, hang them up and enjoy how easy it is to adjust their position! If you don’t like where they end up, pull the tabs straight down on one side and then across to create a loop for some slack so that you can move the tab curtains.
This will create a tight loop that you can adjust at the top to shorten their length or move it up and down as needed for your window size! You may also want to add some drapery weights (or anything heavy) on either side of the curtain rod if possible to keep them from moving too much.
Can I Iron Tab Curtains?
To make them look crisp, professionals recommend ironing tab curtains on a low heat setting using starch and an old towel. This will help remove any unwanted wrinkles in your curtains!
Can I bleach tab curtains?
Bleaching is usually not recommended for tab curtains due to their delicate nature. If you choose to bleach them, a professional says that they should be bleached on the lowest possible setting (usually just 30 degrees) and rinsed with cold water afterward before hanging dry.