How to Curtain a Small Window


Small windows are found throughout homes. Some of these small windows must have curtains on them to protect your privacy, such as the windows found inside bathrooms. While some small windows are common enough in size that you will find curtains for purchase at your local department or linens store, others will require you make your own curtains or modify a set of store-bought curtains. Decide whether you want a single- or double-panel curtain for your small window. You may find a double panel curtain will work well for your small kitchen window because you can open the curtains allowing you to see outside, while a single panel works in a bathroom for privacy.

Things You'll Need

  • Measuring tape
  • Drill
  • Curtain rod
  • Mounting kit
  • Curtains
  • Measure the width and height of the small window you are covering. You need this measurements to purchase your curtain rod and curtains.

  • Purchase a curtain rod that will fit your window. The window sizes the curtain rod is meant for are printed on the packaging. Choose either a regular rod that slips into brackets that you mount on the wall, or a spring-type tension rod that mounts inside the window frame.

  • Purchase or make curtains for your small window. Look for curtains that complement the current color scheme or theme of your room.

  • Mount the curtain rod brackets using your drill by following the manufacturer's directions. You will mount the brackets slightly above the top of your window and usually outside the window trim.

  • Feed the curtain rod through the top of the curtain. If your curtain uses hooks to attach to the curtain rod you will skip this step.

  • Attach your curtain rod to the mounting brackets. Some rods will only sit inside a loop, while for others you will snap them into place.

Tips & Warnings

  • Using a pressure-mounted rod is an option that does not require the use of tools. Install this spring-type rod by simply pushing it inside the window frame until it is tight.

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