My grandmother lived in an old Victorian house when I was a small child. I remember her silky drapes were very long and thought why are these so long she should cut them. But they were styled to puddle. That was the look back then.
Have you ever bought drapes that were long and needed to be hemmed? Don’t bother, you can create insanely beautiful drapes by puddling them. I wished I knew about puddling years ago. Puddles are extra drapery that is spilled or “puddled” onto the floor. It creates style and elegance to your drapes.
To calculate how many puddles you will need to measure the window area from ceiling to floor and add 4 to 10 inches more. I purchased my drapes from Pottery Barn. (Classic Belgian Flax Linen Drapes.) I picked the 50 by 108 which gives me 8 inches for the puddle. There are three different lengths to choose from. Check out this video on how to install them.
One small annoyance about linen fabric is its tendency to wrinkle easy. So before you put them up press them with a steam iron or you can steam them while they hang using a portable hand steamer. I found my Jiffy hand steamer on Amazon. I love linen and a little wrinkle here and there actually gives the drapes more character.
To start creating the puddles you start fluffing the drapes at the bottom to form a puffy look. Make them stand up and they will fall like little puddles. Here is a good video on creating puddles.
Here is a little overview to keep in mind!
- Measure from the top of the window to the floor. (add extra for a puddle.)
- Iron your drapes.
- To notice puddles start with 2 to 4 inches anything less won’t look noticeable.
- The true puddle is 6-8 inches your drapes will look amazing.
- Refresh the puddle every 2 weeks.
For more bedroom ideas check out 5 ways to get a more comfy bed.