How Do I Make My Curtains Look Luxurious?

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Making curtains look luxurious takes effort – even high-quality curtains won’t look good if you don’t know what you’re doing. Wondering, “how do I make my curtains look luxurious?”

There are two things you can do:

How Do I Make My Curtains Look Luxurious?

To make curtains look luxurious, you must train them. Begin by ironing the curtains and hanging them up on the rod. Next, arrange the curtain’s panels into neat pleats using your fingers. Grab a ribbon and tie it loosely around every bundled panel. Leave the ribbon tied for between two and three days. Now, the curtain’s panels will fold into pleats naturally when opened and closed.

If you don’t have the time to wash and iron the curtains, steaming the curtains is another great way to make curtains look luxurious. Even if your curtains aren’t super wrinkly, steaming the fabric gives it fluff and shine, improving the curtains’ look.

Room with white bed and white curtains

How to Make Cheap Curtains Look Luxurious

You don’t need to burn a hole in your wallet to have good-looking curtains. Here are some tips to make cheap curtains luxurious:

#1 Hang them Right

Mount your curtain rod or track as close to the ceiling as you can. Hang up long curtains to make the room appear taller, this will be especially useful if you own cats. I recommend using curtain hardware at least a foot wider than the window’s casing. This will enable you to let the panels hang outside the window when you push them aside, maximizing the sunlight that comes in.

#2 Buy Good Hardware

Mounting a slightly more expensive, well-designed curtain rod instead of a basic one will upgrade the look of the window. The bigger your room, the wider the curtain rod should be. I recommend purchasing curtain rods with a metallic finish for an eye-catching look.

Matching them with the type of curtain you purchased is also a great idea, it is best you pair your curtain rods to your blackout curtains if that’s the style you chose.

#3 Weigh the Curtains Down

Sew small, flat weights into the bottom corners of the curtains’ panels to create a straight line from the rod to the floor. To do this, use nail scissors or a seam ripper to open the bottom of the curtains and drop your weight inside. Use a needle and thread to sew the pocket closed.

#4 Use Curtains of the Right Length

Curtains look best hanging just off the floor or touching the floor. For a bohemian look, you can “puddle” the curtains on the floor. Never use curtains that are more than a few inches off the floor.

#5 Use Curtains of the Right Width

When you close your curtains, you don’t want them to look flat. To ensure fullness when you shut the curtains, use curtains that are 1.5x the size of the window. Therefore, if your window is 54” wide, you want to buy curtains that are around 81” wide.


Choosing the right curtains and hanging them up correctly is often all it takes to make cheap curtains look luxurious. However, if you want to make the curtains look fresh, you can clean, iron, and train them for a couple of days. You can also steam them for a fresh look.

Brett E.

Brett E. is the Owner of  Brett comes from a long line of craftsman and foreman, and has been involved with the construction and renovation world ever since he was a boy while working for his families construction and remodeling company.  After graduating with a a degree in Interior Design, Brett is the go to guy for any interior design or remodeling questions!