How to Center an Off Center Window With Draperies

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Off center windows can throw a whole room off balance, and no amount of creatively arranged furniture can create the illusion of a centered window. Draperies, however, can be extended beyond the edge of an off center window to make up the difference. This quick and easy fix has the added benefit of making a window look larger.

Things You'll Need

  • Tape measure
  • Pencil
  • Curtain rod with appropriate hanging hardware
  • Drill or screwdriver
  • Draperies

The Process

  • Measure the space on both the left and right side of the off center window. Write these numbers down.

  • Take the smaller measurement and subtract it from the larger one, and write this measurement down. This number represents how far you should extend your draperies in order to create the illusion of a centered window. For example, if there is five feet of wall space to the right of the window and eight feet of wall on the left side, then your curtain should extend three extra feet past the left side of the window, leaving five feet on either side of the curtain.

  • Use a tape measure and a pencil to mark where to attach the ends of your drapery rod. On the side of the window with less wall space, make a pencil mark that is four inches from the side of the window and four inches above the top.

  • Use the measurement you calculated in step two to mark the correct spot on the side with the longer stretch of wall. Add four inches to the measurement calculated in step two to account for the overhang on the other side, and unroll your tape measure to that length.

  • Place the end of the tape measure flush with the edge of the window, and make your pencil mark at the other end of the tape measure. Make sure this mark is even with the mark on the opposite side, which should be four inches above the top of the window.

  • Measure from the pencil mark to the end of the wall on both sides to double check. You should get the same measurement on both sides.

  • Use a drill or screwdriver to attach the curtain rod's hardware to the wall. Line up each side directly over the pencil marks you made.

  • Attach the rod to the hardware, and hang the draperies from the rod.

Tips & Warnings

  • Layering drapes by using a mixture of thick and sheer fabrics will help conceal the extra stretch of wall behind the drapes.
  • If the hardware is extremely heavy, use sheet rock anchors when installing the brackets for your curtain rod.

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