Curtain Reveal {How to Hang Curtain Rods}

This week I started a new series on my blog, ‘Virtual Window Shopping’ {here}…such a blast having you shop with me!  This time we went to IKEA and I found lots of things I love…and yesterday I showed you my favorite, simple and affordable crisp white curtains {here} for my living areas, a total of ten window panels.  I’ll also show you how we install curtain rods simply!  Remember what it has looked like since we moved into our rancher…
And here’s what I chose, MERETE Pair of Curtains, white {here}.  These are usually $24.99 for a pair, but were on sale for $19.99 for both panels.  They have a heavy fabric which helps to reduce sound and keep out light.  The grommet heading works on curtain rods.  These curtains can easily be hemmed to the desired length with an iron-on hem strip.  I’m loving that it looks so breezy, in the kitchen they look great with my DIY Yellow Kitchen Cart {here} and Simple Terrariums {here}…And they totally complement my family room rug {here} perfectly.  I was ready for a little change…now I’m dreaming up what to do with all the lovely previous curtain material.
When we first moved in, my sweeties were at their grandparents for a week while we took care of tons of details.  This was the biggest gift EVER.  One of the things we rushed was hanging the curtains.  We overcompensated the space needed for crown molding we intend to eventually add. The picture below shows the height now and the picture on the bottom shows how the rods were originally hung.  Raising the curtain rods, draws the eye up, making the ceiling appear higher.
Below shows what the curtains looked like before my hubby raised the rods.  Thankfully, installing a curtain rod is a VERY simple and quick task.  If your room’s window and ceiling have a constant height, decide where you’d like them, then…
    1. Measure the number of inches you’d like to mount the bracket to the left or right of the window.
    2. Measure the number of inches you’d like to mount the bracket down from the ceiling.
    3. Write those numbers down and duplicate the measurements with each bracket.
I have been using the Merete curtains for a little while now, and I have to say they are wonderful.  In my family room we open and close them each night and they glide so great.  I was concerned while in Ikea that the color wouldn’t be a true white, I wanted to have some contrast between my ivory walls and the drapes.  The curtains are very much a true white and look great against the walls, although it did take me a little while to adjust to such a subdued look after having the blad drapes for years.  The grommets glide with ease over the rod which is great because these are my only window covering in the family room.  I love the modern sleek line and the thickness of the material.  And I’m amazed that these were only $10 per panel.  I’ll show you the curtains with the rug tomorrow when I show you my finished lamp {before : here}

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  1. susan says:

    are these curtains pretty good as far as darkening the room?

    • Aimee says:

      They block the sun, but they don’t darken the room. Hope that helps! XO, Aimee

  2. Letter Boxes says:

    One thing to always remember though is to make sure that the rods span at least the entire width of the window and preferably beyond.

  3. shelby@honeysuckle says:

    Great tips! I recently DIYed some Restoration Hardware knockoff curtains:

    p.s. my eyes keep going to that yellow cart in the pictures – LOVE!

  4. Linda says:

    I have a huge lv. rm window. I went through Penny’s on sale and purchased the bamboo rolldown shades. I mounted them inside the window. I have two small windows on each side and one large in the middle of the windowframe; that is how the lv rm window is designed. So I purchased two smaller size and one large size. It gives some privacy yet lets in light. Then I purchased heavier drapes and put them on a decorative pole . The curtains then just slide across the rod to close for darkness and privacy. I really like the roll downs. Like in the evening when I want privacy yet not the dark look I have that.

  5. Aimee - says:

    Thanks Renae! I’m excited to see all your new furniture updates! XO, Aimee

  6. Aimee - says:

    We’ve all been there Christine! Do you have an IKEA near!?!? You should look at the measurements, they are cut very wide!!! XO, Aimee

  7. Aimee - says:

    That sounds AWESOME! I’ll have to try that…hopefully a long time from now. LOL! I hope we’re set for a while! XO, Aimee