Ways to Hang Window Scarves

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Window scarves are a common decorative window treatment. They are versatile and come in a wide array of designs, colors, lengths and materials. What method you use to hang your window scarves depends upon your budget; how much hardware you can install in your walls; and the weight of the fabric you're using.

Curtain Rod

  • A simple way to hang a window scarf is by draping it over a curtain rod. Curtain rods can be found in most department, home design and discount stores. There are many styles and materials, such as plastic, metal and bamboo. Some curtain rods also have decorative caps on the end.

    You can either do one long swag (curve), or several shorter swags by looping the fabric around the rod. This works best with window scarves that have a bit of weight on them, as it is easy for a lighter-weight scarf to slip off of the curtain rod.

    Choose scarves that are long enough to not only frame the window, but hang past it. If you do not choose scarves that are long enough, your window may end up looking short, or the whole look of the hanging scarves could be off. Alternatively, you can treat the scarves as a valance.

Adhesive Hooks

  • For a removable, inexpensive way to hang your window scarves, consider using adhesive hooks. This is a handy option for those who live in a rented home, as the adhesive hooks won't put holes in the wall or damage the paint. Figure out how many swags you want your scarves to have, and then multiply that number by two. This figure is the number of adhesive hooks you will need to buy. For example, if you want to make four swags with your window scarves, you should get at least eight adhesive hooks.

    Placing adhesive hooks is very simple, and takes less than 5 minutes. Depending upon the brand that you buy, you will likely need to apply the removable adhesive to the back of the hook, and then stick it firmly to your wall. Place the hook no more than 4 inches above your window.

    This method works well with lighter-weight window scarves, such as silks, as the hooks cannot hold a great amount of weight.

Metal Loops

  • A way to add visual interest to a room is by hanging window scarves on metal loops. These decorative loops can be found in the store in the same section as the curtain rods, window blinds and shades. This option is a bit more expensive that other methods because metal loops are priced per piece and come with their own hardware, but the end result will be dramatic and quite stylish.

    As with the adhesive hook method, calculate the number of swags you want to make with your window scarves and multiply that by two. Hang the metal loops 3 to 6 inches above the window.

    You can use any weight of fabric you'd like when hanging window scarves with metal loops because they will hold a lot of weight, and lighter fabrics won't slip off of the loops. With this method, you don't have to worry about the length of the scarves, and you can create a look that is more akin to a window valance than a curtain that is meant to frame the window.

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