Different Ways to Hang Sheer Curtains

Lorna Hordos

Sheer curtains have decorative versatility, especially when you explore creative or interesting ways to hang them.

Sideswept Sheers

Usually, sheer panels hang side by side from their rod, floor to ceiling -- or at least a few inches above the window frame. The end. But why not overlap grommet-style sheers, sweeping each see-through panel to the side with tiebacks? This crisscross design's ethereal appeal is amplified by hanging the curtains from ornate hooks, vintage pulls or knobs, and letting excess material puddle on the floor. And the curtains can be easily paired with utilitarian blinds mounted inside the window frame.

Porch Perfect

Make a snooze, sip or social gathering on the porch even more enjoyable or romantic by surrounding the structure with sheers. Keep the panels in place with staples, hooks, strung along on rope or with iron curtain rods. The casual, relaxed flutter says "welcome" from the driveway or curb.

Branching Out

If you appreciate creative, budget-smart design -- canning-jar canisters or gumboot vases, for example -- hang lightweight tie-top or tab-top sheers from a branch. Use spray sealer to control any insects, and standard curtain-rod brackets to position Mother Nature's hardware above the window.

Hooked on Barn Wood

Reclaimed lumber, driftwood planks or barn wood comes with built-in charm. It might be whitened with age or speckled with paint remnants, but with a few evenly spaced hooks on which to hang tab, tie or grommet sheers, it deserves a second -- or seventh -- glance.

Delicate Does It

The hardware -- standard, nature-made or otherwise -- you use to hang sheers may matter more than you think. The light curtains' wispy translucency makes them appear delicate, so in keeping, use slim hardware to complement them, especially the lacy ones. If you're hanging sheers under heavier drapery, mount the pairing on a double rod, or something as visibly unintrusive.