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How to hang Curtains over a Radiator?

Can you Hang Curtains over a Radiator?

Radiator on bottom of window

White Radiator under window

The answer is yes, but there are some important considerations to keep in mind. In this blog post, we’ll explore the key factors to consider when hanging curtains over a radiator and explain the best techniques for achieving the perfect form and function. 

Let’s dive in and explore how to hang curtains on your windows that have a radiator.


Cornice Placement to accommodate the radiator

Correct cornice placement is essential when hanging curtains on windows with a radiator. It may be possible to install a custom cornice on the wall or ceiling and adjust its distance from the window such that the curtains never touch the radiator.

Curtain distance from example

Demonstration of multiple cornice

The cornice would be placed at a distance such that the curtains are in front or behind the radiator to give the curtains space for air to circulate and not interfere with the radiator’s heat.

The ideal distance between the radiator and curtains should be at least 2cm. When installed correctly, the cornice will provide a stylish finish to the curtains while allowing the radiator to do its job.

Сhoose curtains slightly higher than the radiator.

Roman Curtains and Classic Curtain

In this configuration, the radiator can function without loss of efficiency and Drapery is kept at a safe distance from heat.

You can use short curtains that would be only a specific length to cover the window but be at least 2 cm higher than the radiator. This distance ensures that the hot air doesn’t blow directly onto the curtains and that the curtains don’t trap heat.

Short curtains that are precisely the right length can give your windows a neat, attractive appearance.

You can also combine short curtains over the window and drapery on the sides. The combination of the two window treatments creates a custom, high-end look.

These accessories will help you place your curtains in a more suitable position away from the radiator

Curtain rings or clips can attach curtains to a rod or pole. These accessories can help keep curtains off radiators and allow them to hang more evenly.

Magnetic curtain rods or clips can attach curtains to metal radiators. These accessories use strong magnets to hold the curtains in place, keeping them away from the radiator’s heat.

Finally, consider using a different type of window treatment, such as blinds or shades, that are not as likely to come into contact with the radiator.

How does the radiator affect your curtains

Heat: The primary way that radiators can affect curtains is by producing heat. This heat can cause curtains to shrink, fade, or become damaged over time.

Location: The location of a radiator can also affect curtains. If a radiator is directly beneath a window, curtains may be blown into the radiator by drafts or air movement. This can cause them to become wrinkled or creased.

Appearance: A radiator’s appearance can also affect how curtains look in a room. If a radiator is an unusual shape or size, it may be difficult to find curtains that fit correctly or look aesthetically pleasing.

Maintenance: The presence of a radiator can also affect the maintenance of curtains. Curtains near radiators may need to be cleaned or replaced more frequently due to heat and dust.

For this reason, it is essential to consider the distance between your curtains and the radiator when hanging them.

Damaged vs Healthy Curtain Fiber

Heat Damaged Curtain Fiber vs Healthy Curtain Fiber

In conclusion, hanging curtains and encompassing a radiator is a modern design challenge.

  • Use curtains that are the same color as the radiator to create a seamless look. This can help the radiator blend into the background and create a cohesive design.

  • Choose curtains that are made from materials that are resistant to heat and fading. This will help them last longer and maintain their color and texture when placed near a radiator.

  • Consider using a different type of window treatment, such as blinds or shades, that can be easily adjusted to allow for varying heat and light levels. This can provide more flexibility and control over the temperature in a room.

  • Use accessories like tiebacks or holdbacks to keep curtains away from the radiator. This can prevent them from coming into contact with the heat and becoming damaged.

  • Finally, consider the overall design of the room and how the radiator and curtains fit into it. Try to create a balance and harmony between the two elements to create a modern, cohesive look.

*Please note that any mention of distance or size is a rough estimate. 

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