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How To Hang Curtain Rods

By Lianne Jones June 02, 2022 0 comments

Curtains are a great way to add color and style to your home. They can also be used as an inexpensive way to decorate your room.

Curtains come in many different styles, colors, and sizes. They are vital for achieving a night of better sleep and giving you some privacy.

Most people focus on the actual curtains and can often forget about the curtain rod.

how to hang curtain rods

Curtain rods help keep the curtains from falling off of the wall or getting tangled up when they are being moved around.

Curtain rods can also add character to any room.

However, curtain rods can be quite difficult to hang correctly.

If you have never hung a curtain rod before, it is important that you learn how to do so properly.

There is nothing more frustrating than trying to hang a curtain rod only for it to fall down because it was not installed correctly.

In this article, we will walk you through how to hang a curtain rod so you get it right the first time.

Equipment

Before we begin to hang the curtain rod, you need to make sure you have the right equipment to do so.

The equipment you will need might change depending on your environment.

However, we have created a list of equipment that will help you with this job.

You will need:

  • Curtain rod with or without brackets
  • Ladder
  • Level
  • Tape measure
  • Drill
  • Screws
  • Pencil
  • Wall anchors (you might not need these)
  • Screwdriver

A lot of curtain rods come with their own screws, so you may not need to attain your own.

Step One

The first step to hanging curtain rods takes place before you buy the curtain rod.

The first thing you need to do is get your measurements.

This means measuring the width and height of your window frame.

Once you know what size your window frame is, you can then go ahead and purchase the appropriately sized curtain rod.

You should always use the correct size rod for your window frame.

A smaller rod will work fine if your windows are small, but if your windows are large, you want to consider using a larger rod.

The aim is to get a curtain rod that is wider than your window.

The reason for this is it allows the curtains to be moved out of the way of the window completely.

This helps to give the illusion of a wider space, so those with smaller windows should do this. A general rule is that the rod should be 12 inches bigger than the window width.

When taking the measurements for the size of curtain rod you will need, you may want to take the measurements for how high you plan on putting this curtain rod.

Step Two

After you have the measurements and have purchased the rod, it is time to work out how high you want the curtain rod to sit on the wall.

It is best to start at the top of the window frame and work your way down.

When working out where you would like to put the curtain rod, try to think about the length of the curtains you want to hang.

Most people opt for the curtain rod to sit at least 6 inches above their window. This allows for the space to feel more open.

You should use the tape measure to measure this distance and mark it with a pencil. This way you will have a guide for when you are going to hang the curtain rod.

Of course, this distance might not work for you if your curtains are shorter. Instead, think about where you would like your curtains to sit and mark that height.

Step Three

When you feel comfortable with the placement you have selected for your curtain rod, it is time to install the brackets.

You can install the brackets with a screwdriver or a drill. You need to use the pencil to mark the holes in your brackets so you are aware of where to drill.

Before you start drilling, it is important to check the pencil marks are straight and level. If they are, you are ready to drill the holes and then screw in the screws to attach your bracket to the wall.

Step Four

Now you are ready to attach the curtains to the rod. You will need to hook the curtains on if they have hooks, but if they have eyelets you can thread the curtain rod through the curtains.

All that is left to do is place your curtain rod on the brackets. That is how simple hanging a curtain rod can be!

Tips For Hanging Curtain Rods

To make your curtains look great, there are a few tips to keep in mind when hanging the curtain rod.

how to hang curtain rods

Hang The Curtain Rod High

If your home happens to have low ceilings, then try to hang the curtain rod as high as you can.

This will give the illusion that you have high ceilings and will open up the space.

Place The Rod So The Curtains Touch The Floor

The last thing you want is for your curtains to touch the floor completely.

This makes the place seem smaller and as though you haven't measured your curtains properly. Instead, you want to place the curtain rod so the curtains brush against the floor slightly.

This will help the room look bigger by making your curtains look longer.

Choose The Correct Rods

A mistake that many people make is they buy a curtain rod that does not provide enough support for their curtains. If your curtains are heavy, you need to buy a curtain rod that is sturdy and thicker.

This is why a lot of curtain rods break because the rod cannot support the curtains.

Final Thoughts

You don't have to spend hours trying to figure out how to hang a curtain rod. A

ll you need to know is the measurement of the window frame and the position you would like to place the rod.

Once you have done all of these things, you can easily hang your curtains.

We hope that this guide has helped you feel confident about hanging curtain rods. Please share this guide with others who might benefit from reading it.

Thank you for reading!

 


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