Imagine that you bought some curtains at the store but did not realize that they wouldn’t fit in your windows due to their length. In an unfortunate event such as this, most times you can’t return them to the store. In addition, it is possible that you like only that particular design and do not want another one.
As a result, you’ll feel compelled to shorten the curtains to fit the window. Due to the same reason, we’re here to show you how to tie curtains that are too long and to help with your home decor.
Techniques to Tie Curtains That Are Too Long
Tying long curtains does not require any kind of advanced tools or a high level of experience. Gladly, there are a number of ways to tie a curtain that is too long. In some techniques, you just need to modify the curtain using simple tricks, or else, simply change the curtain setup. All of these methods will be explained below for your better understanding.
Method 1: Folding The Top Part
If you don’t want to change either the curtain or the window set up, you can simply follow this technique. In this technique, you are actually faking the valance.
- Firstly, you need to measure the excess part of the curtain.
- Then, hold the curtain near the curtain rod, keeping the curtain bottom at the same level as the window bottom.
- Simply fold the curtain top behind, covering the curtain rod from behind.
- After balancing and fitting the curtain perfectly, use some clips or rings to attach it to the curtain rod.
- Make sure the attachment to the rod is hard enough to keep the curtain balanced, and you’re done.
Method 2: Pinching From The Top Part
This method is quite similar to the first technique. Because, in this way, you also need to pinch and fold apart from the top. The only difference is that you won’t fold the top part behind.
- In the first place, attach the curtain to the curtain rod.
- Secondly, measure the excess part from below and divide the length by 2.
- Then, measure the same amount of curtain part as the excess part near the top of your curtain.
- Now, measure the divided part from any side and pinch it to the back to create a foldable position.
- After that, keep the pinching part behind and join the front sides with each other in such a way that it doesn’t look bad. Not to mention, you can use hard clips to join the edges.
- Finally, check if the joint is good enough to keep balance.
Method 3: Using Glued Fold
Sometimes glue or fuse can help you to permanently fit your curtain in your window. Actually, you need to select any of the techniques above and use glue or fuse to join the two sides.
- After measuring the excess part, you should either fold the top to behind like the first technique or pinch a suitable part to the back like the second technique.
- After folding or pinching the necessary parts, you need to use glue or fuse to attach the pinching parts or join the front and back sides of the curtain.
- Lastly, let the glue or fuse dry, and the curtain will be ready to be used thereafter.
Method 4: Moving The Rod
Moving the curtain rod does not require any modification or changes in your curtain. After completing the necessary tasks, you can simply attach the curtain to the curtain rod.
- First, measure the excess or longer part of your curtain.
- After measuring the excess part, measure the same length above the curtain rod and mark the point.
- Remove your curtain rod from the wall and set it just at the marked position above the previous hole.
- In this way, you are actually changing the rod position to fit your curtain, and simply attaching it to the current position of the rod will finish your tasks.
Method 5: Making A Rod Pocket
If your curtain doesn’t have rings on the top to attach it to the curtain road, you are ready to follow this technique. Generally, flat-colored and straightforward curtains don’t come with top rings.
- If the curtain already has a rod pocket, you can either cut the sewing or leave it in its place.
- After that, you need to measure the excess length of the curtain and fold the exact measurement from the top in the back. If you don’t want to make a long rod pocket, fold the top twice to behind using half the measured length.
- Then, use pins to secure the folded curtain in its place. Not to mention, you can stop at this step if you want a temporary fix.
- Next, you can use hem tape to join the folded part with the curtain back. Don’t forget to iron after using the tame to secure it fully.
- If you don’t want to use hem tape or have sewing experience, you can simply sew the folded part to the curtain back. The point often overlooked is that you should use a matched-colored yarn to sew the rod pocket.
- After making the rod pocket, you need to slide the rod through the rod pocket, and the curtain should perfectly fit your window now.
It is evident from these techniques that there are several ways to tie a curtain that is too long. No matter what, you don’t have to worry about the size of your curtains.
Depending on your curtain, you can choose any method. If your curtain is of a single color or striped design without laces at the bottom, you can fold the extra bottom behind and attach it using hem tape at the back.