Ideas on Hanging Drapes on Knobs


Homeowners are always looking for fresh and interesting ways to update the look of their rooms. With homes becoming more open, with taller ceilings and larger and unusual windows, homeowners and designers are creating interesting and attractive solutions. One unusual window treatment uses knobs or posts to hang the draperies, valances or swags. The knobs can be used in a wide range of positions, which allows homeowners with unusually-shaped windows to follow the shape of the window without the constraints of standard curtains rods.

Vintage Country Elegance

  • To create a casual, breezy country look, select antique door knobs and position them evenly spaced above a bedroom window. Mix up the styles of the knobs so that no two are the same. Hang sheer drapes with tab tops or ribbons over the knobs to create a fresh and simple elegance. Tie the sheers back with soft ribbons or strings of beads to add to the soft simplicity of the look.

Soften Large Windows

  • If you have a room with very large windows but you are not concerned with privacy or light control, soften the hard look of the windows and bring color up the wall through the use of knobs. Position five or seven knobs to either side of the window, several inches above the window trim. Tie the curtains to the knobs with ribbons or clips. Allow the curtains to fall all the way to the floor to bring the drama of color and room height to the windows and wall.

Swag Over Curtains

  • Curtain tops and rods can often look plain or unattractive. Disguise the appearance of the hardware using two knobs spaced a few inches above each rod finial. Drape fabric swag material or scarf material to each knob. Tie the material around the knob so that the center swag drapes to cover the top of the curtain hardware. Arrange the fabric on each side to fall along the side of the curtain to bring added color to the window treatment.

Arched Windows

  • Homeowners with dramatically arched windows often cannot find window treatments to fit the window shape. Center one knob over the middle of the arch, and space additional knobs every 6 to 8 inches or more on each side. Drape fabric over the top knob first. Center the fabric, and pin with a safety pin to hold it in position. Swag to each knob, securing the fabric with pins as necessary. Add a curtain rod at the bottom of the arched window to further decorate the window.

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