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Can I please have my curtains an inch from the floor?

Hello Everyone- I have curtains that I bought from Ikea and hemmed... I cut the exact amount from the bottom of each one, used a ruler, etc and they still ended up being different lengths. Long story short, I have three that rest on the floor (perhaps a teeny bit too much, between a 'to the floor' and 'pooling' length) and the 4th is about an inch from the floor). I need to fix them but am not sure if I should bring the one short hem down or the other 3 up. I know the rules about curtain lengths but after living with this shorter one for a month I see some benefits of it. I think no one would really notice that it hovers slight above the floor and a benefit is that it will stay cleaner by not resting on the floor (the curtains are white). I guess I am trying to make a case to this very talented community but if you tell me it will look ridiculous I will change it :)


  • I'd say you can have your curtains whatever way you like best! I'm probably one of the older folks here (48 stars on the flag when I was born, lol), and none of my curtains hit the floor, for the keeping-them-clean reason you mention. Plus, trends change. Your house should be about what you like, not what other people say is cool. ok, \soapbox :-)

    But if you're going to hem many curtains in the future, buy a tape measure, or lay them out on the floor on top of each other to double-check lengths. Also check where the rod pocket stitching line (top line) hits--if they aren't identical, the curtains won't hang identically, either. Lastly, check that your curtain rod is hung straight.
  • I made my own curtains and planned to have them pool gently on the floor- well nope, I measured wrong and they hover about an inch off of it. At first I was super annoyed but now it's lovely- they don't get dirty even though they flank our sliding glass doors (high traffic area), the vacuum doesn't suck them up, the folds lay ever-so-perfectly at all times, and nobody has ever said a thing about them being too short.
  • I like my curtains to hit right at the baseboard- really about 2 inches off the floor. I think this looks better than the pooling look (which I personally don't love!)
  • I love the idea of stacking the curtains to make sure they are the same length. I will definitely do that in the future! Thanks for the other words of support :)
  • Yes, you can have them an inch off the floor. I like mine to come down to our quarter-round, which is about 3/4 inch. They stay clean, they fall evenly which I need because we open and close daily in 3 rooms.

    My last set was way too long - but they were on clearance so I knew I would have to hem them. Between uneven panel lengths, uneven floor heights and even though we measured each rod bracket to the window frames - they aren't perfectly even either. I hang mine and pin them marking which window they go to with painters tape. That is the only way I have found to get them the right length the first time.

  • Pooling drapes were popular in the 1950's, but I never did see the point. Much easier to keep clean and vacuum under if they're a bit short. And they hang perfectly!
  • I can't stand bunched up dirt catching, cat hair collecting, trip hazard draperies!! They are only good for photoshoots, and I don't live in a photoshoot, so our drapes are slightly off the ground.

    They hang better, are easier to vacuum around, and don't get filthy just sitting there being "pretty".

    Don't fret - do what makes you happy!! And if slightly off the floor makes you happy, then go for it! :-)

  • You guys are so right about how nicely they hang when they don't touch the floor. I think my one short one falls so crisply. Thanks!
  • tdmorristdmorris Portland, OR
    I am a window treatment professional...The industry standard is 1/2" from the floor. Your 1" is still OK.
  • thanks tdmorris :)
  • Do whatever you like :)

    I don't think any of my curtains touch the floor. One, I'm a bit "cheap" and don't want to pay extra for long curtains that I'll just have to hem. Two, a lot came over from our old house where we had baseboard heaters under the windows, so curtains couldn't touch them. I have some covering my slider door that are about an inch from the floor so they don't get dirty but still cover the whole door.

    Way back when....starting centuries ago...having curtains that were long enough to pool on the floor meant you were wealthy enough to buy fabric with no other purpose than to have it lay on the floor and get dirty. It was a very popular way to show one's wealth, especially in aristocratic society. Now, it's more just about style because textiles aren't that expensive anymore, but I heard this tidbit somewhere years ago and it's stuck with me haha!
  • KaijaKaija Denver, CO
    Pooling curtains might also help deter drafts, in case you have leaky windows.

    I bought a set of panels from IKEA's discount bin for my daughter's room. They were already hemmed and pooled when they were hanging straight. But, when they're pulled to the side, and tucked behind the holder thingies (can't think of the right term...) and still touch each other at the rod, they're perfect length. Yay!
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