Q.¬† Dear Haskell,
When installing drapery panels, what is the correct way to hang?¬† I see many different lengths:¬† puddle, a gentle break and some don’t even touch the ground at all.¬† What do you do?
That is an excellent question.¬† First of all, unless you are in the Palace of Versailles or stuck in an 80′s soap opera, there is no need to puddle.¬† Personally I never liked the look; it always looks like someone measured incorrectly!
Today, I take a rather practical approach.¬† I like for the panels to hang about ¬Ĺ”¬Ě above the floor, but still gives a long elegant look.¬† Also this allows you to use a Swiffer type head or broom under the panel without much disturbance.
One note, many drapery fabrics have a bit of stretch and many times will drop¬Ě a bit after hanging for about a week, depending on humidity and the panel weight.¬† This may involve re-pinning the panels or making other adjustments.¬† In the case of a heavy fabric and/or a stretchy fabric I will hang hem about 1¬Ě” above the floor and if they drop a bit, I am still just fine.
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