How High Above Window to Hang Curtains? A Guide for Beginners

Custom curtains can give your interior design and decor that elusive final touch that many people have trouble identifying. Whether you’re a first-time decorator or simply looking to refresh your space, understanding the basics of curtain installation can help you achieve a cohesive look that complements your space. As such, we have prepared this short guide on how high to hang curtains, so that you can achieve the right balance in any room.  

Why the Height of Window Treatments Matters

Although it might seem like a small detail, interior designers concur that the height at which you hang your curtains can actually have a real impact on how the room looks and feels. Why? Because, with the right curtain length installed at an appropriate height can make the ceiling appear higher, creating a more expansive space. This is particularly true if you have large or tall windows. Conversely, hanging curtains too low has the opposite effect; it can compromise the room’s aesthetic by making things feel small and cramped. 

Standard Curtain Hanging Recommendations

Here’s a simple guide on how high above windows to hang curtains:

Above the Window Frame

In general, for living and dining rooms, curtain rods should be installed about 10 to 15 centimeters (4-6”) above window frames. This height helps to draw the eye upward and creates the illusion of higher ceilings.

Closer to the Ceiling

For a more dramatic effect, hang your curtains closer to the ceiling. A good rule of thumb is to position the curtain rod about 30 centimeters (12”) above the window frame or halfway between the top of the window and the ceiling.

Full-Length Curtains

If you’re using floor-length curtain panels, they should be installed at a distance above the window trim so that they just barely touch the floor or hover slightly above it (about 1 cm or ½”). 

Other Considerations

Consider the Room’s Function

In a living room or dining room, hanging curtains higher can make the room feel larger, more open and more inviting. In kitchens or bathrooms, a slightly lower height might be more practical.

Use Appropriate Hardware

Ensure your curtain rod, curtain rings and brackets are sturdy enough to support your curtains, especially if they are heavy or lined.


With the help of another person, hold your curtains at different heights and take photos to see how the relationship with the ceiling height looks. Sometimes, a bit of experimentation can lead to the most visually pleasing results.

Find Your Dream Window Treatment Today!

By following these simple guidelines, you can achieve a beautiful look with a professional finish at minimal effort. Hanging curtains at the right height can transform your space, making it feel taller, brighter, and more stylish. 

At SAG Custom Curtains, we believe the key is to draw the eye upward and create a harmonious balance within your room. With our extensive range of premium custom curtains, you’re sure to find the perfect match for your home. 

Our collection includes a variety of fabrics, colors, and patterns, from luxurious velvets to airy linens, ensuring there’s something for every style and preference. Whether you're looking for custom blackout curtains to enhance privacy and block light or custom curtain valances to add a touch of elegance, we have you covered. Plus, our free fabric samples and expert advice ensure you make the best choice for your décor. Our commitment to affordability and exceptional customer service makes your decorating journey enjoyable and stress-free. Happy decorating!