Recommended Curtain Rod Length

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Deciding on the final length of a curtain rod requires you to take a closer look at a few key aspects of your room. Learn about recommended curtain rod lengths with help from a professional interior designer in this free video clip.

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Hi, my name is Erica Lugbill and I'm an Interior Designer working for Lugbill Desgins in Chicago. Today, I'm going to be covering how to decide on the final length of your curtain rods before installing them. The good thing in this scenario is there's no right or wrong answer. Really the idea of this is to draw attention to the windows and make them feel larger and more dramatic. Typically, you want the windows to be the focal point in a room because they are a great feature of your home. You can see on this window, the trim actually ends right here and what I did is extended the rod out about 12 to 14 inches beyond the window trim; in that way, it gives a nice little spot for the drapery to hang and rest here. Another benefit to this type of setup is you also don't block the natural sunlight that's coming through the window. So, it also makes it feel open and bright and airier at the same time. So typically, general rule of thumb, I add 12 to 14 inches from the outside of the window trim on either side of the window to complete your window hardware. Thanks for watching my video today. I hope you found these tips helpful.

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