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Curtains Too Short? 2 Easy Ways to Lengthen Curtains

When hanging curtains, it is important that the curtains are the right length. Curtains that are too short make the room look short, stubby and awkward. The cut the length of the wall, making both the window and the room look smaller.

An example of curtains that are way too short!

Curtains that are the right length cause the room to feel spacious and intentional, and make the windows look bigger.

How Long Should My Curtains Be?

The right length for curtains can vary, but there are three “best practices.”

Curtains can either:

1) hang just above the floor (within an inch of the floor)

2) graze the floor (JUST touch or kiss it)

Curtains that graze or "kiss" the floor
See how these curtains just touch, or graze the floor? Perfect!

3) puddle on the floor

Long curtains puddle on the floor for a lush look.
These curtains “puddle” on the floor.

The first two options don’t really change the look of the room that much, so, to be honest, I don’t really pay too much attention to whether my curtains are an inch off of the floor or touching it.

But the MOST custom look is option 2, grazing the floor. This make it look like a professional designer came in and made curtains exactly for the room.

If you can’t get them this perfect, don’t stress. No one will notice if your curtains graze the floor or hang less than inch above the floor.

The last option, curtains that puddle on the floor, is a really decadent, lush look. It is gorgeous, but probably not going to be accomplished by doing one of the lengthening methods I’ll discuss here.

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Standard Sizes for Curtains

According to Curtainworks, curtains come in lengths of either 63 inches, 84 inches, 95 inches or 108 inches. While the industry standard provides a lot of options for your curtain lengths, sometimes you need a curtain that is a little longer than one of the options.

There are several reasons why your curtains may be too short.

Maybe you just moved, and your current curtains fit the old windows, but not the new. Maybe you’ve recently read that curtains should be hung HIGH and WIDE, and you’re trying to update the placement of your current curtain rods. Or maybe you bought curtains that fit your budget, but are just a bit too short for your windows. Unfortunately, curtains can be expensive, and the cheapest options are almost always shorter. All of these scenarios have applied to me at one time or another.

So lets get to making our curtains longer.

How to Lengthen Curtains That Are Too Short

There are two easy ways to lengthen curtains that are not long enough. You can do either, if you just need your curtains to be a little bit longer, or both, if you need to add a lot of inches to your curtains. I’ll start with the easiest.

Buy Curtain Rings

Curtain rings can add several inches to your curtains, giving you the length you need to have your curtains reach the floor (or just above it).

Buying curtain rings can be expensive if you get them at a regular store. Thankfully, Amazon has some super great options that are cheaply priced but still well made.

I just recently bought these curtain rings, to go with my new curtain rods. With gold coming back in style, I wanted to update my room with some gold touches, and this was the perfect way to do it.

If you look on Amazon, you’ll see that many of the curtain rings come in either 1.5 inches or 2 inches. I choose the 2 inch rings for a tiny smidge of extra length on my curtains. Also, make sure to check out how wide your curtain rods are, because these rings need to fit on the rod easily.

When using these clips, you will put the ring on the curtain rod (after taking the finial (the ball or decorative end of the curtain rod) off, and hang the curtain panel from the clip. You’ll want at least 7 clips on each panel, maybe more if the panel is super wide. You will also want to make sure you put an odd number of clips on, for spacing purposes.

If you’re using 7 clips, put on clip on each end of the panel, one in the middle, and the other two in between the end and middle clips. Do the same for the other panel.

Then, reattach the finial and hang the rod on the mounts.

Is your curtain long enough?

Yes – perfect! What a super easy fix, that adds some style to the room!

No – thats okay! I have another easy fix for you.

Redo the bottom seam.

This sounds a lot scarier than it actually is.

The bottom seam on curtains is usually a large edge of fabric that is folded over (Fold 1), and then a smaller amount of fabric folded and sewn (Fold 2). The trick is to undo the seam, and create a new seam where the small amount of fabric is folded over. Sounds confusing, so let me show you what I mean.

This is how the bottom of your curtains probably look. See how the fabric has two folds in it?

You are going to undo the seam (the stitches where Fold 2 is), with a seam ripper. Then, open Fold 1 so that there is only one fold left in the fabric. This will leave the fabric with only Fold 2 in it and no stitches.

Now, there are actually two methods that you can redo the bottom seam where Fold 1 is at.

Method 1 to Increase the Bottom Edge of ShortCurtains

The first is to sew it. If you have a sewing machine, you can just run a straight line of stitches along the fabric and, voila! You’ve lengthened your curtains by several inches.

Adding Length to Short Curtains

If you don’t have a sewing machine, don’t worry. This isn’t a sewing tutorial and you don’t need to purchase a sewing machine to add length to your curtains.

Method 2 to Increase the Bottom Edge of Short Curtains

Instead, you need to get some Stitch Witchery. It is a ribbon like roll of a type of fabric tape. Roll it out in between the two pieces of fabric. Then, heat up your iron and press the area where you placed the Stitch Witchery. It’ll fuse the two pieces together!

Stitch Witchery is awesome, and holds up to handling and washing. I’ve actually used it in the past to make pillow covers that have survived years of abuse from my children.

While you have your iron out, make sure to press out the original fold line, so your curtains hang nicely.

So, now you’ve successfully lengthened your curtains by redoing the seam at the bottom.


With adding curtain rings and lengthening the bottom edge of your curtains, you can add several inches on length to your short curtains.

Remember those short blue curtains from the first picture?

Check out how much length I was able to add by attaching curtain rings and redoing the bottom seam!

If you’ve taken a look around Love Remodeled before, you may notice that the wall colors are not part of my whole house color scheme. We’ve recently purchased a new home and haven’t gotten to the painting stage yet. Stay tuned for how we update this lovely 1970’s home!

Hopefully, these two methods are enough to increase the length of your curtains to where they are either just above the floor, grazing the floor, or puddling the floor, depending on your preference.

If you want to know how to hang your curtains perfectly on the first try, check this page out! It’ll show you how to make a template so you drill the hole in the correct place.

Drop me a note and let me know how they work for you!

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Thursday 26th of October 2023

I have two different height windows on the same wall (one set has eyebrow windows making it higher) separated by a length of wall. My husband suggested going the same height for both windows, but this will place the curtains lower on the eyebrow window and pretty high above the other windows. If I hang both at a good height for the individual set of windows, there won't be a straight line across the room from top of drapes to top of drapes (the line will be different). Gosh! I hope this makes sense. What would you do?


Tuesday 31st of October 2023

Hi Debi! This is a dilemma isn't it? I think the best solution is to hang the curtains at the same height. Can you hang the rod for the eyebrow window at the level where the eyebrow window ends and the regular window starts? This would be a natural line that you eyes would see, so it won't look as odd as just having a curtain rod in some random place in the window. I wouldn't worry about the curtain rod being high above the other window. It will just make the other window appear bigger. Good luck!


Monday 13th of March 2023

I have to add about 10" to existing panels...after removing hems, adding rings, I still need 6". have you ever seem adding a 6" panel at the top with a piping at the seam so it doesn't look like an ooops? I'm looking for some creative ideas :-) thanks!


Monday 3rd of April 2023

Hi Ann! I have seen curtains with different panels at the bottom before. If you get a fabric that is just the right shade, I think you could pull it off. Good luck! :)


Monday 6th of February 2023

Can I have long drapes and then short sheers on the inside? Kind of like mixing the lengths. I can't find samples.


Friday 17th of February 2023

Hi Bilana! I saw one example of long drapes with short sheers on the inside on a Google image search, and it didn't look great. It created two different levels that just sort of broke things up in a way that was surprising. But, all of design is just preference, so do what you like! It doesn't matter what anyone else thinks :)


Tuesday 22nd of November 2022

How do you hide the line left from unfolding the lover hem. I have the crease where I lowered the length; mark? It's polyester. 100%


Tuesday 22nd of November 2022

Hi Sandra! Do you mean hide the crease? I always use a steamer on my curtains to loosen any creases. It should take care of that! Good luck!


Sunday 10th of October 2021

Would adding curtain rings look OK if my new drapes have grommets?


Wednesday 13th of October 2021

Hi Patty! I wish I could say yes, but I just don't think the rings work with grommets. You would be better off seeing if you could extend the bottom by ripping the seam. Good luck!