The Correct Way to Hang Curtains


There are few professionals who make a living solely on hanging curtains, so most homeowners and interior decorators resort to hanging the curtains themselves. The best or most correct method to hang curtains is an arguable subject, as everyone who has had to hang several curtains often finds the method that works best for them. While you develop your own method of hanging curtains, there exist a few correct and incorrect steps in the seemingly simple process.

Things You'll Need

  • Tape measure
  • Pencil
  • Chalk line
  • Level
  • Curtain rod
  • Curtain rod mounting brackets and hardware
  • Power screwdriver or drill
  • Measure the length of the curtains and verify that the width of the curtain panels will stretch beyond the width of your window for the curtains to billow over the window.

  • Decide how you wish to hang your curtains and whether the curtain length fits your desires. Consider various hanging options, including the romantic style in which the curtains hang below the windows and pool onto the floor, formal styles in which the curtains extend from the ceiling to millimeters above the floor, or other hanging styles and combined lengths.

  • Measure up and out from the corner of the window frame and mark the intended position of the first curtain rod bracket with a pencil. Measure the same distance up and out on the other side of the window and mark this spot as well.

  • Drape a chalk line between the two marks and pull the line taut. Check the line with a level and adjust as necessary. Pluck the chalk line to produce a line of chalk across the wall above the window to mark the location of the curtain rod and mounting brackets.

  • Take the curtain rod mounting brackets and hardware from the curtain rod packing and place the mounting brackets over the marks you made in step 3, at the ends of the chalk line. Use a power screwdriver or drill to drive the screws into the holes in the bracket to secure the brackets to the wall.

  • Thread the curtain panels onto the curtain rod, bunching all the material as closely together as possible. With the curtains on the rod, set the rod into the secured brackets and unbunch the curtains to complete the hanging process.

Tips & Warnings

  • For heavy curtains, place plastic screw anchors over the screws used to mount the curtain rod blankets. This prevents the weight of the curtains from causing the screws to slip out of the wall.

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