A window air conditioner is a lot like a small refrigerator, but it sits in the window. It has an inside section to keep food cold or heat from building up and an outside section that sucks hot air out of your room. A curtain is a piece of cloth intended to block or obscure light, or drafts, or water in the case of a shower curtain. Curtains hung over a doorway are known as portières.
Curtains are often hung inside a building’s window to block the passage of light, for instance, at night to aid sleeping or to stop light from escaping outside the building (stopping people outside from being able to see inside, especially at night). In this article, I will discuss how to hang curtains around a window air conditioner properly. So let us get started.
A Detailed Stepwise Guide on How to Hang Curtains Around a Window Air Conditioner
Hang a curtain rod around the window air conditioner. If the AC unit is new, this may not be necessary, but if it is already installed in your window and you have wondered how to hang curtains on it, this step will get things going. You can use any conventional method of turning a curtain rod, such as drilling into the walls or placing heavy nails over the top of the A/C unit.
In most cases, attaching a bracket to either side of your AC unit while leaving about one foot of space between them should do. The key here is to make sure that you don’t attach anything too tightly so that there’s no risk of damage when removing it later on. Make sure everything is snug but not tight.
Hang your curtain rod to the bracket(s) you’ve just attached around the AC unit. Ensure it is securely fastened and hangs flat against the wall or ceiling (depending on where you turn it). If you like, use an additional rod that runs horizontally along the length of your window for added support.
This should be done if there’s too much distance between brackets because there isn’t enough space in between to allow the curtains to hang from each end properly. You can also add a second layer by attaching another rod at a lower position near the AC unit itself. This shouldn’t be necessary in most cases, as one set of rings should suffice in whatever type of curtains you have.
Attach curtain rings or tiebacks to the top rod of your curtains. Add about four other rounds per one set of curtains to play it safe. This will keep them from falling off if you need to open and close them often but remember that you’re only adding these for stability purposes, so they don’t have to be pretty. You can also use two sets of half-rings attached on either side using clips instead if you want better aesthetics, but this isn’t necessary.
Hang your short curtain panels onto the lower rod/s by placing each over the ring(s). Make sure they are evenly spaced apart if there are two separate rods used, otherwise leave enough space between curtains so that there’s a visible gap between each.
Now, you can adjust the bottom rod/s to your preferred height by turning a tension rod 90° and sliding it up or down as needed. Next, pull one end of the curtains toward yourself and push it back onto the ring(s). Again, make sure that they are not too tight as this will cause them to twist and turn in an unsightly manner.
Hang drape panels from curtain tiebacks which you’ve attached at the very top of your curtains using two rings per extension cord. You can use a single keyhole-style clip if desired, but make sure no other hardware is necessary for this step as there should be enough space already provided by other attachments on the top and bottom of your curtains.
Hang a valance at the very top of your window from the ceiling or wall using curtain rings, clips, or adhesive hooks.
Precautions While Hanging Curtains Around a Window Air Conditioner
- Be sure to consider the height of the curtain rod before hanging the curtains. If you install a curtain rod too close to the window air conditioner, there is a chance that someone may hit their head on it, or it can be knocked off while people move about in the room.
- Hang the curtain away from the AC unit so that when you draw open your curtains and blinds, they don’t block the metal fins on your AC unit’s condenser coils. This will cause your AC unit to work harder at cooling your room, which ultimately leads to higher power bills.
- Place heavy objects close to where you will place your window air conditioner so that if it does fall over because the curtain or blind cord got caught on it, the object will absorb some of the weight and fall instead.
- Use a durable, non-metal curtain rod if possible because metal is conductive. In addition, it can damage your AC unit’s fins which will lower its efficiency level and raise your electric bill.
- If you install additional curtains after installing your window air conditioner, make sure they aren’t too close to the unit. If they are made of heavy material (like velvet), there is also a risk that they may weigh down on the unit’s cord if it gets pulled onto them when you draw open your curtains or blinds for light or privacy purposes. This extra weight could cause the team to fall over while working.
Which Fabric is Suitable for Curtains Around Air Conditioner?
All textiles can be used as curtains around air conditioners, but some fabrics are better suited to the purpose than others. Particularly suitable for this application are light fabric and sheer fabric, as they allow a view of the window behind them and provide ventilation simultaneously. It is also essential that you consider if the curtain needs to block out sunlight or keep heat in or out of your home during the summer or winter months.
I hope this article has helped learn how to hang curtains around a window air conditioner. Ensure all the precautions while hanging the curtains. Thank you and have a nice day!
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