Home Staging Tips: How to hang curtains and draperies in your Chicago home

Home Stager with Chicagoland Home Staging LLC

As a professional home stager in Chicago, we often have to tell home owners to remove their curtains and draperies. Occasionally, we will tell them to hang some, however. So long as the draperies as open and allow light to come into the room, there are a lot of benefits that curtains and draperies can bring.

The benefits of curtains and draperies to your Chicago home

Whether you are staging your home to sell, or staging to live, sometimes fabric panels can be the best friend for windows. Curtains and draperies can provide:

  • added height to windows
  • texture and color to an otherwise boring room
  • width to walls and windows
  • a fixed focal point
  • accented emphasis to a great view

How to hang curtains and draperies the right way

This great tutorial video by Pottery Barn showcases the right way to hang curtains and draperies. The right tools, which include a sturdy measuring tape, level, drill, and ratcheting screw driver can make all the difference. I will say that this video doesn't showcase the ratcheting screwdriver, but honestly, you really should have one (or you could change out your drill bits with a screw driver tip, particularly if you have to do a lot of rods).

Chicago Home Stager offers tips to sellers

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Margaret Gehr is the principle owner of Chicagoland Home Staging, servicing the greater Chicago area for home staging, redesign, and design projects. We work in both occupied and vacant homes. 


Comments (9)

Jane & Garry Smith
Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage - Portland, ME
ABR, GRI, Realtors - Portland, ME - (207) 253-3195
Margaret, thank you for sharing the many benefits to proper window treatments. We often have to remove window treatments because they are so distracting to a room or they darken a room too much. The Pottery Barn video is helpful, too!
May 13, 2013 12:27 PM
Margaret Gehr
Chicagoland Home Staging LLC - Naperville, IL

Jane, Thank you for sharing your comments. I definitely agree treatments should be removed if they darken or distract in a negative way, especially if they are not on trend with the buying demographic for the home. Nothing is worse then old outdated curtains. :)  

May 13, 2013 01:22 PM
Maureen Bray Portland OR Home Stager ~ Room Solutions Staging
Room Solutions Staging, Portland OR - Portland, OR
"Staging Consultations that Sell Portland Homes"

Hi Margaret ~ Here in the Pacific Northwest since we have so many gray days, for our seller clients we usually remove the window coverings so that more light comes into the house;  if the existing ones are really an asset to selling the home they might remain.  If we're redesigning a room, however, we'd more likely want to hang curtains to enhance the look we're going for.  Pottery Barn has excellent panels to choose from, and their drapery hardware works well in many home styles.

May 13, 2013 01:23 PM
Margaret Gehr
Chicagoland Home Staging LLC - Naperville, IL

Hi Maureen, Thanks for your comment...I think it's important that all windows whether they have panels or not be open and let in as much light as possible. I do have a fairly large stock of decorative panels (non-functioning of course) that I use if I want a more finished look or if the room lacks architectural elements. I think of them just as I would a picture frame. They can draw your eye to a beautiful view, make windows feel bigger and ceilings taller. For staging there are many easy tricks so they go up and down in a flash.  

May 13, 2013 01:34 PM
Susan Kirk
Refreshing Innovations - Silver Spring, MD
Home Staging in MD, VA, DC, ASP

Margaret,  I think light is critical when staging a home, but I do agree and add that drapes, if not heavy and totally covering the window, can add warmth to the room.  If we are trying to help Buyers make an emotional connection to the house, I think curtains offer the feeling of home.


May 15, 2013 10:19 PM
Margaret Gehr
Chicagoland Home Staging LLC - Naperville, IL

Hi Susan - I appreciate you sharing your thoughts and comments. We only use them if they add something and probably go up in less then half the houses we stage. I have also found you need very few accessories to pull a room together when you have panels.   

May 15, 2013 11:17 PM
Gene Mundt, IL/WI Mortgage Originator - FHA/VA/Conv/Jumbo/Portfolio/Refi
NMLS #216987, IL Lic. 031.0006220, WI Licensed. APMC NMLS #175656 - New Lenox, IL
708.921.6331 - 40+ yrs experience

Margaret:  So glad that I found another Chicagoland professional here on AR!  And in Plainfield too.  We're neighbors!  I hope to read many more posts from you in the future ...  certainly loved this one ...


May 20, 2013 07:00 AM
Linda Barnett
Home Matters Property Stylist Group, Indianapolis, Indiana - Indianapolis, IN
Home Matters Indianapolis Indiana

Thank you for this blog. I'm sure this is great information for many home owners and home sellers who don't understand how to properly do this. 

Jun 05, 2013 02:42 AM
Troy Jefferson

I've had my drapes for years and they have treated me well. However, they are about done and I'm in the market for new ones to fill the void. Being reminded of how to hang the drapes properly will keep the longevity of my new drapes going for a long time. http://www.budgetblinds.com/Coachella_Valley_Palm_Springs/

Apr 14, 2015 11:56 AM