How to Hang Kitchen Curtains

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Hanging kitchen curtains is not difficult. The few tools you'll need you will likely already own or be able to borrow. The only supplies you'll have to buy are the curtains and the adjustable curtain rod. The process should take only a few minutes once the curtains are washed and ironed. Although you really don't need someone to help you, it would make the process go even faster. Using an adjustable curtain rod takes out some of the guess work. It is important the curtain rod is level, however, because it will be noticeable if the curtain is not hanging straight.

Things You'll Need

  • Adjustable curtain rod Level Screwdriver Iron Step ladder (optional)
  • Open the package for the adjustable curtain rod and take out the brackets and screws to hang the rod. There should be two brackets and two screws for each bracket. There should also be two pieces of curtain rod, which slide together to make one curtain rod. Using an adjustable metal curtain rod is best for the kitchen because it is the easies to clean, and won't absorb moisture or grease like wood rods do.

  • Screw the brackets into the window frame just above and out side the top corners of the window. Make sure the brackets are level with each other so the rod is level when you hang it. You can likely screw the screws into the window frame simply by applying pressure with a screwdriver. However, if you aren't able to do that or if you aren't able to get the right angle to screw them in straight, you can use a drill to screw them into the window frame.

  • Take the curtains out of the package. Wash and iron the curtains so they are flat and crisp before you hang them. Check the washing instructions on the curtains first in case they come with special cleaning instructions. It is best to use machine-washable curtains for the kitchen. They generally need washed more often than curtains in other rooms of the house, and you'll want to be able to get them washed and back up quickly.

  • Slide one end of the curtain rod into the fabric sleeve at the top of each curtain panel. Continue until all the curtains are on the rod. Make sure you put the curtains on the rod so they will be facing the right direction once the rod is hung on the wall. If the window is particularly long, and you have several curtain panels, you can separate the curtain rod. Put half the panel on one piece and half the panel on the other piece, then slide the rods back together.

  • Slide each end of the rod onto the hooks in the wall brackets you already installed. Since kitchen windows are often over sinks or in other hard-to-reach places, you may want to have someone else there to help you.

  • Adjust the curtains on the rod so they are spread out and cover the window.

Tips & Warnings

  • Before you start putting the curtains up, put the empty rod on the bracket hooks and use a level to make sure the rod is level.
  • Make sure the brackets are level before you hang the curtains. Otherwise, you'll have to do the whole process over again.

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