How to Put Up Curtains Over Vertical Blinds

Styling vertical blinds with a pair of nice curtains are one way to add a little bit of texture to your room design. Learn how to put up curtains over vertical blinds to add depth and a touch of elegance to boring blinds.


Sometimes there are blinds that we can’t remove for some particular reason. It cannot be delightful, especially if they are not exactly too pleasing to the eye. On other occasions, intentionally layering curtains over blinds can actually spruce up any space. 


However, the crucial part about this design is that you have to choose materials that perfectly complement each other. There are plenty of things to consider, such as the color, texture, and style. 


Once you have those things figured out, you can easily hang curtains over vertical blinds using either a tension rod or another set of rod brackets or holders extending at least an inch further than the vertical blinds. Here is a more detailed guide that you can follow.


how to put up curtains over vertical blinds

Step 1: Measure the placement.

Pre-measure the distance of the vertical blind from the wall. Before you purchase a pair of rod brackets, make sure that it protrudes at least half an inch longer than the blinds’ placement from the window. 

Pro tip

There is no rule saying that you have to place it four to six inches away from the vertical blinds’ position. However, it is ideal for installing them at least four to eight inches away. Placing them at a higher or farther position may appear awkward. 


However, some spaces might look better with higher curtains placed near the ceiling. Try to visualize the result before doing the work. You can also check out design inspirations from the internet.


Step 2: Install brackets.


Install your brackets on top or beside the vertical blinds. Use a measuring tape and pencil to mark the placement of the screws before drilling the holes. You can also double-check if it is straight using a laser level. 


Install the brackets as you usually would, and don’t hesitate to place a center support bracket if necessary.


Step 3: Hang the curtains

Take your curtains and attach the necessary curtain hardware such as drapery pin hooks, clip rings, and others. Slide it onto the rod and place it on the bracket. Adjust the curtain as much as you like and finish it with some tiebacks to hold the curtain in place.


No-drill method

If you aren’t allowed to make holes in the wall, you can purchase a set of outside-mounting brackets. Place them close to the ends of your blind track and adjust its tightness so that it stays firm and in place.


Be careful of this method because some vertical blind tracks can’t hold more than a specific amount of weight. Ensure that you have considered the curtain fabric’s weight before opting for this no-drill method when exploring how to put up curtains over vertical blinds.


Once you have the mounting brackets in place, you can easily follow step three and hang the curtains accordingly. Try to check how much weight your blind can withstand before placing heavy curtains like velvet and cotton. 


Design Tips

Curtains make an immediate dramatic change, with or without a blind to overlay. However, pairing them with simple vertical blinds might make the task a bit more challenging. The existing blinds’ style sets a limit for the materials and colors that we can choose from.

Combining materials

Don’t worry if you need to work with an existing blind style. There are a ton of curtain designs to choose from. You will eventually find one that suits what you already have. If you have the luxury of picking your own, try getting solid colors that match the walls and existing furniture.


Always choose styles that complement, not overwhelm the space. For instance, print on print can be too loud and overpowering. In comparison, solid and print design creates a beautiful balance. If you love patterned curtains, make sure that you are pairing them with solid colors.


Adding accessories

Don’t be afraid to put accessories and create a draped effect. Mount holdbacks or gather them with tiebacks. Try to invest in pretty tassels that match your design. Don’t use huge metal holdings with natural wooden shades. 


Make the room appear cozy with fuller curtains. Try to use sheer, textured, or linen fabrics to frame the view. You can also create a relaxing and simplified effect with light sheers free from the heavy sheen and metallic threading. 


Another detail you might want to pay attention to is the curtain, blind, and curtain rod color. You need to make sure that they don’t make overpowering contrasts. Pick an accent or complementary shade for these accessories so that they can blend perfectly with one another. 


Why hang curtains over blinds?

Vertical blinds are one of the most accessible window treatments to work with. Some commercial units also have them as a default. It is functional and beautiful at the same time. You can also add depth to them by adding a pair of curtains to layer their rigid frame.


Go for casual, modern, and elegant looks by switching it up with curtains layered over blinds. Use vibrant colors for bolder looks and neutrals for a subtle touch. You can also play with textured curtains to give them a unique appearance.


Now that you know how to put up curtains over vertical blinds, you can pretty much take your home’s interior design to the next level. Don’t hesitate to mix and match color and texture combinations. 

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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