How To Hang Curtains
The rod placement in hanging a curtain is a personal preference. But we can find ourselves frightened to start drilling holes and unsure of where to even begin.
For a simple and stress-free job, consider these suggestions when measuring and mounting.
- A rod should reach 3-6″ beyond the width of the window frame on each side.
- The higher a rod is placed, the more elongated appearance you achieve.
- When mounting above decorative trim, typically the mount will be 6-12″ above the frame
- When measuring a rod, do not include the decorative end finials.
- As a general rule, if you want the curtains open during the day, extend the rod at least 5″ outside the frame.
- Heavier fabrics need a larger, more sturdy rod; while light cotton curtains can hang on a daintier rod.
- Use a tension rod for lightweight panels or tier curtains. Fitting inside the window frame with no hardware, tension rods are easily installed and a cheaper option.
- Curtain rod with brackets
- Metal tape measure
- Stud finder
- Once you have determined how you want your curtains to hang, you can now measure and mark for your rod placement. Measure from the floor or windowsill to where you will hang the rod.
- Grab the stud finder in case you are unsure of where to find a stud for anchoring.
- Using a pencil and metal tape measure, mark curtain bracket placements 3-6″ from the outside edge of the window frame. The placement of the rod could be wider or closer to the frame, depending on the look you are trying to achieve. Tip: Place the bracket on the wall and use your pencil to mark inside the screw holes.
- Use a screwdriver to install the curtain rod brackets, making sure the sides are even using a level.
- Place curtains on the rod and hang.
- Sit back and admire your new complete window design!