In my opinion you have three choices when you are wondering how long your curtains should be. I have had this question several times in the last week, so I thought I’d share my answer to all of you.
General Rule to Curtain Lengths: The longer the curtain the more formal the look.
#1. Floor length. This is probably the most traditional look out there. The curtains brush the floor and are precisely the length between the rod and the floor.
#2: Just to the Sill. This length is great, but realize that if you choose for this length of curtain in your home, that it tends to send the more “casual” message, and most rooms tend to be more casual than others in most homes.
#3: Small bunches on the floor: This length is the most formal, and it tends to be used with luxurious looking fabric. (Luxurious does NOT equal expensive….remember THIS POST?)
Number three is my personal favorite. I like my curtains to bunch a tiny bit at the floor. It is the most formal choice of length, but yet it is definitely appropriate for family rooms, living rooms, and also master bedrooms. I would not however use this option in kitchens, kid’s rooms, or great/toy rooms.
The length of your curtains is completely up to you, but I would recommend using one of the three choices. If your curtains don’t follow one of these main guidelines, you may want to take the leap to either shorten or lengthen them.
This is a great illustration of option #3 by Pottery Barn.
All three choices are appropriate in certain circumstances. What length do you prefer in your home?