How High Do I Hang Window Treatments?

How high do I hang my window treatments? This is a question I hear all of the time. The quick answer is 4″ to 6″ above the window or window molding. In the past it was more common to hang drapery at the height of the window, but aesthetically, a higher installation looks better as it adds size and creates a more grand look overall. The designer’s rule of thumb for rooms with average 8′ ceilings is to mount rods about 6″ above the window. For rooms with ceilings over 10′, you should still keep rods within 8″ from the top of the window.

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Obviously if you have an inside mount for window treatments, you will utilize the interior area inside the frame or window opening and install at the height of the opening.

Cornices or soft valances like faux balloon shades or pleated roman valances span the entire window and give more leeway as to the mounting height. This is because you cannot see the top of the window. Often it is advisable to hang window treatments quite high (if there is room) or even at ceiling height. This creates drama and the look of a very large window. It draws your eye upwards, often making the window treatment a focal point.

Regarding ceiling height installations, there are some nice style choices of ceiling mount drapery rods on the market. You may like the idea and look of this style, but often it is the only option for apartments and condominium dwellers where there is no wall space above the window.

If you have a transom window above another window, you can treat it the same as if it were one window unit. The other option is to hang the window treatment at the height where the transom meets the window below.

I hope these tips are helpful. Please leave your comments or questions!


  1. Jennie Hibbard Reply

    I have purchased for my daughters dorm room. Any suggestions on how to attach the cornice when we cannot use anything but command strips or anything that doesn’t leave holes or marks in the wall. I have sheers to go behind it as well. The Windows have blinds already attached.

    • dana Reply

      Hi Jeannie-
      They are designed to work with the P-hooks and some customers have uses L-brackets as well. The only thing I can think of to try would be an L-bracket. You can possibly adhere it to a very heavy duty command strip instead of screwing it in, but I am not confident it will work. I hope this helps. Good luck!

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