Curtain Length: Should Curtains Touch the Floor?

Curtain length is often determined by loads of factors from the type of room you want to install it to the level of commotion or traffic in that area. You home structure and room décor should also determine the length of the curtain you opt for. Moreover, curtains also need to be wider and longer than the window or frame they are covering.

Besides, floor-length curtains are often ideal for any room. You just have to ensure you take the correct measurement from the floor to the point where you will hang the curtain rod and round up the measurements to the nearest inch. This is because it is always easier to hem longer curtains than to extend shorter ones.

Here are five popular looks for floor length curtains:

1. Curtains that touch the floor

These are the best curtains for rooms that require you to constantly open and close the curtain at least on a daily basis. This is because they will not require any work when it comes to sliding and falling into place. Besides, they give the room an elegant and stylish look, simple and fabulous.

If you do not get the ones that touch the floor then opt for one, which is at least half an inch above the floor.

2. Curtains that hover by the floor

These types of curtains are ideal for the family room or any room that has constant commotion. This is because they are easy to maintain and style the room in a more casual way. Besides, they will not gather dust around due to their hovering length.

To ensure you get the right size, make sure it leaves a finger width of space between its hem and the floor. This is to ensure its hem stays clean and dust does not gather around it. Moreover, it is the best length for homes with pets that shed as dust or dander will not be gathered around it.

3. Curtains that brush the floor

These are the best curtains for simple modern homes as well as those with traditional decors. They often brush the floor neatly without any fuss.

However, it can be hard to achieve this look due to the inconsistency of the floor and ceiling, which can make it look weird and ugly. You can only hide these irregularities with some slight adjustment during installation. Makes sure it is professionally installed for that crisp even look.

4. Curtains that break at the floor

These are often considered as the romance type of curtains as they create a relaxed, soft look by extending widely on the floor. They usually overhang for about 1 to 3 inches off the floor, depending on your personal preference as well as home décor.

A break is a bend or a fold just above a curtain’s hem. They are stylish and can do a lot for a room. You just need to customize it when the fabric is longer than the needed length.

You should also be aware that such curtains need constant fluffs to maintain its overall look. Nevertheless, they are the perfect fit for those who want to hide or mask any ceiling and floor irregularity or unevenness.

5. Curtains that puddle on the floor

These curtains often go beyond a break by being excess and fabulous on the floor. It can give the room a formal traditional look or a relaxed feel depending on how you style it as well as its fabric. It can also look all messed up and fussy if left unkempt at the bottom.

Remember that style and fabric often go hand in hand. Therefore, if you are using curtains with a silk fabric always leave it at a couple of inches and ensure that the décor complements it very well elegance is everything here.

However, for an opulent look, you can push the length overboard to reinforce the tradition, history or décor of the home.

You should also note that pudding is not an easy task when it comes to maintenance. You have to arrange the curtain in a certain way to make it picturesque, still and elegant.  Make sure it does not become a hazardous spot prone to slips and constant tripping.


Conclusively, you should opt for any curtain length you want depending on your windows as well as the room. If you have smaller windows then there is no need for floor length curtains. You can go for curtains that sit on the windowsill or just below it.

Moreover, if you have a radiator in the room you can bypass the need for a floor length curtain, as it will stop the radiator from working properly. You can only achieve the floor-length style here by putting blinds that reach the windowsill and frame them nicely with tieback curtains. Otherwise, floor-length curtains are always the perfect fit for large windows as opposed to small ones.

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