Dressing French Doors

dressing french door
French Door dress with pinch pleated drapery panels

French doors are notoriously hard to dress with curtains. Panels hung over the door frame prevent the doors from opening properly, and when attempting to open or closed the doors it can damages the curtains fabric or the drapery.

There are only two types of rods and curtain that can be used an a French door that will alleviate these problem. Magnetic rods self-adhere to metal french doors and tension rods. This rod suspend curtains from the window frame, providing the frame is thick enough. Purchase door curtain panels that equal one and one-half times the window width so you can gather the material when you hang it. The length of the panels should exceed the height of the windows by two or more inches, depending on where you choose to hang them.


Measure the width of the space you want the curtain to span. It should cover the entire window and should not block the door handle, locks or hinges. Measure the distance between the top of the door and the bottom. Choose magnetic rods and french door curtains that fit the space.

dressing French door


dressing french door

Tension Rods

Position the magnetic rod bases at the top and bottom of the window. Check for level and adjust as necessary.

Slide the top rod through the rod pocket at the top of the curtain and place the rod in the base. Insert the bottom rod into the bottom rod pocket and place the rod in the base. Measure the distance between the section of window where the rods are to be installed. Both ends of the rod must rest firmly against the protruding frame. Insert one rod through the rod pocket at the top of the curtain and one through the pocket at the bottom

tension rods