4 Simple and Easy Steps on How to Hang Tab Curtains

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!

 

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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.

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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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