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How to Hang a Window Scarf and Style your Space

By Tom H. – May 14,2022 | Blog, Curtains Installation Guide | Share:

Are you looking for a new way to add some color and style to your home?

If so, we’ve got the solution! Window scarf is the perfect way to bring a little bit of life into any space. You can use them on their own or in combination with other window treatments.

Hanging a window scarf is a great way to add some color and texture to your space without sacrificing privacy or letting in too much light. It’s also an inexpensive way to update old curtains without buying new ones, and it’s easy enough that anyone can do it.

Today you’re going to learn what window scarves are and how to hang a window scarf, so keep reading.

What is a Window Scarf Curtain?

A window scarf curtain is exactly what it sounds like: a long strip of fabric that hangs from the top of your window frame down, covering the bottom half of your window. The fabric is typically cut into a rectangle shape and then sewn together with a seam down its center. Some versions have pleats or ruffles for added drama, but you can also find simple designs if you prefer something more subtle. They’re usually made out of silk or cotton fabrics so they hang nicely without getting too heavy or bulky.

Window scarves were traditionally used on windows in Victorian homes as part of the decoration for Christmas or other holidays. Nowadays, though, they’re popular for every season! You can use them to create dramatic effects in your home. Window scarves are often used in conjunction with other types of curtains, such as sheers or blinds. They can be used alone or layered on top of each other for additional warmth and privacy.

How To Hang a Window Scarf on Curtain Rod?

This is a question we get a lot, and it’s not hard to understand why. Curtain installation in general can be challenging, and scarves are great for adding a splash of color to your home and making it feel cozy, but they tend to be pretty light and airy. If you want to hang them up on curtain rods, you’ve got to make sure they’re secure so they don’t slip down.

We’re going to show you how it’s done, so that you can get the most out of your scarves and make them look their best. Here is a step-by-step guide to help you hang your window scarves on curtain rods.

1.   Measure

  1. Take the length of your curtain rod and add two inches to it. This will be the length of your scarf. Cut out the fabric accordingly.
  2. Decide where you want your scarf to hang on the curtain rod, and mark it using a pencil or pen.
  3. Mark the same spot on each side of the curtain rod, so that there are three spots total (one in the middle and one on each side).
  4. Using an upholstery needle, sew through all three spots (you can use clear thread if you want), making sure not to sew too tightly so that your window scarf will hang easily from them later!

2.   Fold

To begin folding your window scarf, lay it out on the table or countertop in front of you with the length of fabric facing up and the edges lined up with each other. Fold the top layer over once so that it’s folded at the center point. Now, fold the bottom layer over twice so that it’s folded at the center point as well but only has one layer instead of two (since we already folded that top layer over).

After folding both layers in half, fold them again into thirds at their respective centers so that they line up perfectly with each other along their edges. The result will look like an envelope: One side should be open while the other side has three flaps that meet up perfectly at their centers.

3.   Drape Techniques

If you’re looking for a new way to dress up your windows, you’re in luck. We’ve got the scoop on four different scarf draping techniques that are sure to make a statement and add some style to your space.

U-Shape Window Scarves

The U-shaped drape technique is easy to do and looks great. To start, place your scarf on top of the windowsill with one end hanging over the side (this will be your top end). Then, lay the other end across the sill so it crosses over itself in an “X” shape. Finally, tuck the ends under each other at the bottom of the window frame and pull them tight until they’re snug against the sides of your window frame.

Asymmetrical Window Scarves

This is a great way to use up any leftover fabric you may have. You can use it to make an asymmetrical scarf, where one side is longer than the other, or you can use it to make a scarf that has ruffles on one side and not on the other. This is a great way to show off your personality and make sure everyone knows who you are!

Layered Window Scarves

To create layered window scarves, place one scarf over another scarf. The bottom scarf should be bigger than the top one. This will give your room a layered effect without making your windows too dark! You can also hang multiple layers of scarves on either side of a curtain rod or decorative rod if you want to show off more than one color or pattern at once. Try using different colors together for an extra-special effect!

How To Tie a Window Scarf Knot

The most basic knot for tying a window scarf is called the square knot. To make this knot, simply lay both ends of the scarf across each other vertically with right sides facing up. Then take one side and bring it over the top of the other side before pulling it through again so that all four parts are folded together; repeat this process until they are securely tied.

The second way to tie your window scarf is by twisting it into place. This knot adds some interest without being too flashy or distracting from the rest.


Now you’ll need to adjust the curtain rod itself so that it’s at the right height for your window scarf. If you have a sliding glass door or large window, this is easy—just slide the curtain rod up or down as needed until it reaches the right spot. For smaller windows, you’ll want to take a measuring tape and measure from one side of the inside of the window frame to another—this will give you an idea of where exactly on your door or window frame you’ll need to put your curtain rod so it hits just below where your eyes would be when looking at it from inside of your home.

How To Hang Window Scarves Without a Rod?

How do you hang window scarves without a rod? Well, there are a few options, and they all depend on your preference and what you have on hand.

Upholstery tacks are one of the most affordable ways to hang your scarves. They are also easy to use, but they can be difficult to remove if you want to move them around from time to time.

Tension cables are perhaps the most durable way to hang your scarves without using a rod, but they can be expensive. They’re also not that easy to install in most cases, so this might be better for someone who has experience with home improvement projects or is willing to hire someone else for this job!

Hook-eye screws and drapery pins are another option if you’re looking for something that’s easy and won’t damage your walls or windows too much. You’ll just need some extra hardware from any hardware store like Nicetown in order to get started!