How to Layer a Curtain With a Sheer Curtain


Layered drapes, curtains or sheer panels look plush and serve as a multi-function window treatment. They can be fully opened to view the outdoors. With the curtain opened and the sheers closed, you can let in filtered sunlight. When you want privacy and insulation from onlookers, noise and outdoor temperatures, close both the curtains and sheers. Layering curtains is easily accomplished with a double-rod suspension system. One mounting bracket is installed at each side of the window. A lower-profile rod that holds the sheer panels is first installed. The outer rod that holds the curtains or drapes is installed over the lower-profile rod.

Things You'll Need

  • Double curtain rod kit, including mounting brackets and screws
  • Measuring tape
  • Drill with drilling and driving bits
  • Drywall anchors (optional)
  • Mark the wall where you plan to install one end of the curtain rod. Measure and note the location of the mark in relation to the upper corner of the window. Measure both the vertical and lateral distances between the mark and the upper corner of the window.

  • Choose one corner of a left or right bracket and position it on the corresponding wall at the reference mark. Use a pencil to mark the positions of the screw holes in the base plate of the mounting bracket. Repeat to mark the positions of the screw holes on the opposite side of the window.

  • Drill pilot holes through the screw-hole marks and into the wall. The resistance on the drill bit will tell you whether you are drilling into a hollow wall or a framing stud. If you are drilling into a hollow part of the wall, enlarge the screw holes with a slightly larger bit to receive the wall anchors. Use wall anchors if necessary.

  • Reposition one mounting bracket on the wall. Align the screw holes in the bracket to the pilot holes or anchors in the wall. Screw the bracket to the wall. Repeat to install the mounting bracket on the opposite side of the window.

  • Thread the sheer panels onto the inner rod that will hang closest to the window. Hang the rod on the inner supports of the mounting brackets. Evenly distribute the panels across the rod. Repeat to hang the outer curtains.

Tips & Warnings

  • Avoid frustration by taking the time to carefully examine the parts in the double-rod kit before you begin.

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