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Old 10-19-2014, 10:35 PM
 
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If the curtains are a few inches longer than the window sill, but not all the way to the floor, would that look good or bad?

DH insists that they should be longer, for better insulation from the outside temperature, but he doesn't want floor-length because his new puppy will attack them. But I'm worried it might look like we didn't measure them right. Would it make the room look more formal, or sloppy?
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Old 10-20-2014, 06:12 AM
 
Location: southwestern PA
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Would it make the room look more formal, or sloppy?
Definitely NOT more formal.
Sloppy? I don't see how short curtain even could look sloppy. Sloppy - to me - are the overly pooled ones.
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Old 10-20-2014, 06:18 AM
 
Location: Coastal Georgia
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I believe it is correct to have them either at the sill, or down to the bottom of the window casing. It's just that no man's land between there and the floor that's wrong.
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Old 10-20-2014, 06:38 AM
 
Location: Johns Creek, GA
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I believe it is correct to have them either at the sill, or down to the bottom of the window casing. It's just that no man's land between there and the floor that's wrong.
That kinda depends on the size of the window and the size of the curtain-
And where the rod is mounted.

Then again, depending on which room can make a difference. OP, you didn't say which room. Formal rooms I believe, should have floor length panels. Other rooms could have window length panels.
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Old 10-20-2014, 07:27 AM
 
Location: San Antonio/Houston/Tricity
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I believe it is correct to have them either at the sill, or down to the bottom of the window casing. It's just that no man's land between there and the floor that's wrong.

^^^ This! And I don't like them breaking/puddling at the floor - it just looks messy to me, and I don’t want the drapes sweeping the floor with each opening and closing
All mine end at the sill or about 1/2 above the floor - they look classic ans tailored.
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Old 10-20-2014, 07:46 AM
 
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I suggest that you stop by a fabric shop and look through some of their home dec books to see what styles appeal to you. Just below the sill is very common and looks fine to me unless it were in a very formal living room or dining room.
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Old 10-20-2014, 08:01 AM
 
Location: Harbor Springs, Michigan
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On the sill is good for kitchen curtains while just below is acceptable elsewhere, after checking with a friend who is a professional seamstress 4 inches below the window sill would seem to be the correct length if you are looking at shorter curtains.

Oh and a further tip, make sure you have a good depth hem and use lightweight weights to give a good drape.
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Old 10-20-2014, 11:23 AM
 
Location: Former LI'er Now Rehoboth Beach, DE
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Personal taste response here. I agree with gentlearts. Either the bottom of the sill or the floor, anything in between, to me looks like an incorrect length curtain.
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Old 10-20-2014, 03:09 PM
 
Location: Denver CO
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How far from the floor is the sill? If it's halfway up the wall, it's ok to use a shorter curtain. But if it's a large window and not a lot of wall space, I personally think it would look awkward to have them stop at or slightly below the sill.
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Old 10-20-2014, 04:41 PM
 
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Windows are in the middle of the wall. Sill is halfway from the floor.

4 different rooms: bedrooms, office, and living room. The living room also has sliding glass doors.

For pre-made curtains, our only options are a few inches under the sill or about an inch above it , or floor-length. Just above and just below are not available.

MIL offered to buy the curtains, so I wouldn't ask her to buy custom. Besides, I want to buy a house in t he near future, so it wouldn't be a good idea to invest a lot in temporary curtains. I don't want them to look bad though.

I was thinking of going with t he inch above for the sheers, and few inches below for the drapes. DH and his mom are thinking the longer option for both . His mom has absolutely no interest in interior decorating though, and he's only thinking practically (about weather insulation and blocking out light.). Should they be the same length?

I did try one window and the length is about 4 inches below, as Jan recommended. It seems fine with just one curtain, but not with a curtain and sheer combination. But maybe that's just because the tacky pink heart curtains DD begged for clash with the cedar walls ....
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