6 Ways to Drape a Curtain Scarf Over Windows + Home Decor

Curtain scarf ideas. 6 Different ways to drape a curtain scarf to add character and elegance to your home decor.

Every once in a while I come across something a little bit special at the thrift store. This long, white, sheer curtain was mixed in with shower curtains and table clothes.

Although I had no idea where I was going to put it, or even if it really matched our home decor, I picked it up for a few dollars anyway.

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Luckily for me I found the perfect spot for it and even though I wouldn’t consider my home decor fancy, it seemed to tie together the rustic charm I was going for.

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The right curtains can completely make a room. They give it warmth, depth, texture, and can even make your room feel taller (and windows larger) if done in the correct way.

The curtains in my kitchen nook were purchased when we first moved into this home. The blue flowers and whimsical pattern were exactly what I was going for. But I hated seeing the curtain rod and I wasn’t willing to buy two sets to fill it out.



One of the easiest ways you can drape a curtain scarf is in a simple u-shape. It hides the curtain rod and gives the surrounding curtains a more finished look.

For this window I used a 216 inch long sheer curtain scarf. Since it’s a silky fabric it does need a little bit more work to stay pleated. Hold it out lengthwise and bunch together using hand fulls of fabric.

Drape over each side of the rod.

Large window the with blue floral curtains and the rod showing above.
U-Shaped draped curtain scarf.


Since I have an extra hook in the middle of the curtain rod, I needed to work my swags (the pleated part of the scarf that hangs down into a half circle) around the hook.

Drape the curtain scarf around the center once and pull the top of your pleats flat while tugging lightly on the bottom. Giving the curtain a sweeping look.

Two sway window scarf off centered.


For a little less of a formal look you can show parts of your curtain rod and pull different areas of the sheer curtain to give it different looks.

With both of these looks I started by making sure my curtain was centered on the middle hook. Then I pulled the first curtain in the picture tighter while allowing the second curtain to hang a bit lower.

I also wrapped each one around the end of the rod differently. The first one is wrapped under and tucked in, and the second is loosely draped over the end of the rod.

Two swag window scarf pulled tight to the curtain rod.
Two sway scarf with loose pleats.


It can be easy to get overwhelmed with how long and silky the scarf is, but try not to let that stop you from adjusting the window scarf properly.

With the three swag look you’re going to want to wrap the scarf 1/3 of the way from each end of the curtain rod. Pull the tops of the pleats tight while allowing the bottoms to be more loose and curved.

3 Swag window scarf with no pleating.
3 Swag window scarf with manicured pleating.


My favorite version of all these curtains is by far the 4 swag window scarf.

Start by draping each side evenly over the middle hook. Bring the scarf up and over 1/4 of the way to the end of the rod. Loop it over the end of the rod and tidy up the swags.

4 Swag window scarf with blue floral curtains.


The 5 swag scarf curtain starts in the same way as the 4. Drape the scarf evenly over the center hook and loop each end around the rod 1/4 of the way in. Allow the curtain to drape behind the end of the rod.

To give it the fifth swag, pull a portion of the scarf hanging over the middle hook, down to the front. Tidy up any pleats.

5 Swag window scarf with the the end swags draped lower than the middle 3 swags.

Since all of these looks had a center hook that needed to be worked around, getting the scarf to stay in place was rather easy. However, if you have a single window with a smaller rod, you can also try an asymmetrical shape where one side of the scarf hangs down to the floor while the other side only hangs several feet.

I’d love to be able to tell you if a window scarf is still in style, but the truth is I don’t really worry about things like that. I bought this window treatment on a whim and I have to say I really love the way it turned out.

So do you! Try some rustic wood with a bit of elegance. In the end you’re the only one who needs to love it.

Best Wishes ~ Sara

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