How to Drape Window Scarves
How to hang a curtain scarf
When placed correctly, a window scarf may draw attention to a whole space. It’s like the finishing touch that completes the look. Install scarf hooks to hang a window scarf and highlight a window, or use a window scarf to cover up a curtain rod. Layering scarves or putting on accessories like bows and ropes adds more accents.
Draping Window Scarves on a Curtain Rod
1. Measure from the curtain rod to where you want the fabric ends to hang. Place the end of the tape measure on the curtain rod. Pull the tape measure down to where you want the window scarf ends to hang and record the number.
You may make your window scarf merely stretch to the bottom of the window, all the way to the floor for a more dramatic impact, or anywhere in the middle.
2. Measure across the window and multiply by two. Stretch your tape measure from frame to frame across the window. Write down the amount after you’ve doubled it to allow for enough cloth to produce a draping look with your window scarf.
If the window is 60 inches (150 cm) wide, your second measurement will be 120 inches (300 cm).
3. Add the dimensions together to obtain the length of cloth you’ll need. Add the first number you obtained for the length of the window scarf to the second number you obtained for the width of the window. This will tell you how much cloth you’ll need to make your window scarf.
- If you want the window scarf to hang down 30 in (76 cm) on either side and the window is 60 in (150 cm) wide, purchase 180 in (460 cm) of fabric.
- A curtain scarf with a width of 22 in (56 cm) is a fine choice, but it is entirely up to you and the appearance you want to achieve.
4. Hook the scarf around the curtain rod’s ends on both sides. Allow the curtain scarf to hang in the centre of the curtain rod and window in a “U” form. Make sure each side has an equal quantity of fabric and let the ends fall gracefully. Before you drape your fabric, fold it in half and mark the center with a clothespin to make it simpler to identify the center of the curtain scarf when you hang it.
To keep the window scarf in place, pin the curtain scarf together in the corners where the front section overlaps with the sides falling down behind the curtain rod.
5. To add a decorative touch, wrap the scarf over the center of the pole. Thread the cloth below and under the curtain rod in the center, then back up over the top to create a wavy drape. Hook the scarf on either end of the curtain rod and hang the sides equally.
To keep the form you produced in place, pin the window scarf together on the portions in the center where it overlaps.
Hanging Window Scarves with Hooks
1. Attach scarf hooks to both upper corners of the window. Mark 3 in (7.6 cm) beyond the corners of the window frame using a pencil. Hold the hooks above your mark and indicate where the holes will go, then insert a screw into one of the holes and screw it in with a drill. To hold the hooks in place, repeat this process for each hole, ensuring sure the holes are lined up over your markings.
Installing the hooks 3 in (7.6 cm) beyond the corners of the window frame will enable the scarf to flow down over the window’s sides.
2. 1 scarf hook should be installed in the center of the top of the window. With a tape measure, measure across the window from one side of the frame to the other and mark the center with a pencil. Hold a scarf hook over the mark you created and indicate where the holes will go, then screw it into place like the corner hooks.
If you want to produce additional draperies in the window scarf, you might put more than one hook above the centre of the window frame. It is entirely up to you and the style you want to achieve.
3. Determine how much cloth you’ll need by measuring the length of the window. Place the end of a tape measure at a corner near the top of the window. Measure down from the window’s corner to where you want the curtain scarf’s ends to fall.
It is entirely up to you and the impression you want to achieve to select how long the curtain scarf ends should be.
4. From one corner hook to the other, measure across the window. After you’ve installed the scarf hooks, run a tape measure across the window. Double this amount to acquire enough cloth to make draperies.
If your first measurement is 60 in (150 cm), double it to obtain 120 in (300 cm) for your second measurement.
5. Add the numbers together to obtain the length of cloth you’ll need. Add the first length measurement you obtained to the second width measurement you obtained by doubling the width. This is the length of cloth required for your window scarf.
- If you want the window scarf to extend down 30 in (76 cm) from the top of the window on each side, and the window is 60 in (150 cm) from corner hook to corner hook, acquire a 180 in (460 cm) long window scarf.
- To construct broad enough drapes, choose fabric that is at least 22 in (56 cm) wide for a curtain scarf.
6. Hang the window scarf from the centre and corner hooks. First, find the center of the cloth and drape it over the middle hook. Then, loop the cloth around the two hooks in the corners, allowing the sides to drop down.
- If there is more than one hook in the centre, always begin by hanging the center of the cloth over the center hook so that each side is even.
- To keep the window scarf in place, tie it around the corner hooks.
Adding Extra Details
1. To give regal splendor to your windows, layer various window scarves. Stretch a scarf from hook to hook or along a curtain rod across the top of the window. To create a tiered effect, drape another scarf from hook to hook or wrap it over a curtain rod in front of the shorter scarf.
Experiment with various materials to get the desired effect. Try a lighter-colored delicate fabric at the back and a thicker, darker fabric for the front scarf.
2. To add accents, fold and knot your scarf. Place your window scarf flat on the floor, with the front side facing down. Fold the cloth lengthwise toward you in 6 in (15 cm) – 8 in (20 cm) folds. Tie the folds loosely into place with contrasting ribbons or ropes at regular intervals. Drape the window scarf with the knotted sections hanging down to draw attention to them.
3. Experiment with patterns and colors to create contrast between textiles. When layering scarves, mix patterned scarves with plain scarves. Add patterned or brightly colored ribbons or ropes to the window scarf to make it stand out.
For example, you might knot a dark blue or purple window scarf with gold ropes, or layer a floral-patterned scarf behind a basic white scarf.