How to Hang Fabric From the Ceiling to the Floor

Fabric that stretches from the ceiling to the floor can make your room look taller than it really is, especially if the fabric pools on the floor. Hang a pair of curtains in front of a window from the ceiling to the floor to make the window look taller. If you have a large room, use the fabric as a room divider. It can also serve a purely decorative purpose, hanging against the entire length of a wall.

Things You'll Need

  • Fabric
  • Measuring tape
  • Scissors
  • Straight pins
  • Thread
  • Sewing machine
  • Ceiling mounted curtain track or rod
  • Level
  • Pencil
  • Screws and relevant mounting hardware
  • Drill and drill bit
  • Ladder


    • 1

      Measure the distance from the floor to ceiling. Cut a length of fabric to that length, plus 6 inches for the pocket casing and hem.

    • 2

      Determine the width of the fabric based on what you are using it for. For example, if you want the curtain to stretch across a room, measure the distance from wall to wall. If you are using the fabric as a curtain, measure the width of your window and multiply by two for the fabric's width. Cut the fabric to the appropriate width or cut multiple lengths of fabric so that you can stitch them together to make a panel wide enough for the project.

    • 3

      Lay the lengths of fabric on top of each other if you're using more than one panel, right sides together. Pin the fabric together on one long side, then sew with a 1/2-inch seam.

    • 4

      Fold the sides of the fabric over a 1/2 inch. Also fold the bottom and top edge over a 1/2 inch. Press, then fold the sides and bottom over another 1/2 inch, press again, then pin. Sew along the inside edge. Don't sew the top edge yet.

    • 5

      Fold the top edge down 4 1/2 inches, press, pin and then sew to make the pocket casing.

    • 6

      Position the ceiling mount curtain rod against the ceiling. Use a level to ensure it is even. Mark where you'll need to drill in the mounting hardware with the pencil.

    • 7

      Drill a hole in the ceiling and attach the mounting hardware as needed. Position the rod over the drilled holes and attach to the ceiling with screws.

    • 8

      Hang the fabric from the rod and stretch across the width of the window or room as desired.

Tips & Warnings

  • If you want the fabric to pool gracefully on the ground, add about 12 inches to the length.
  • Mounting hardware differs based on the material your ceiling is made out of.
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