Internet research seems to indicate that floor-length curtains should be hung either
- just at the floor level (skimming the floor) or
- puddling on the floor (if the material puddles nicely).
From the top of my windows to the floor, we have almost exactly 84″ of height. Meaning, if we hung the 84″ curtains we have at the moment (we purchased about 11 sets of curtains in that length already…ugh!), we’d have to hang the curtain rod right above the tops of the windows (I’ve heard you’re supposed to hang them 4-6″ above the top of the window) and even then, they’d be an inch or two above the ground (which I’ve heard is “awkward”).
Now, I’ve been to a couple friends’ homes recently and have been checking out their curtains and it seems their curtains are hung so the bottom of the curtain is level with the top of the baseboards. Is this acceptable?
I prefer to hang our curtains like our friends have theirs hung because I think they will be cleaner (catch less dust/pet hair), will be easier to clean, and will be harder for a pet (i.e. Bailey) or kids (i.e. our future children – whenever they come around…don’t get all excited now…I’m just saying…I mean we have friends with little kiddos, too) to pull down.
I really don’t want to get the longer curtains because 1. we used a 10% discount coupon which I don’t think we could use on an exchange – bummer, no? 2. I don’t want to hem or pay someone else to hem.
Thoughts? Can we hang out curtains just above our baseboards? Please drop me a comment…I’d love to hear your thoughts/expertise.