Curtains and drapes not only keep out sunlight, they also serve as a visual testament to the personality of the house and its owner. Straight, clean curtains provide a much better first impression than curtains hanging cockeyed with their fabric bunched to one side of the window. The key to hanging curtains in a clean, visually pleasing manner lies in the curtain rod. A level, properly assembled and installed curtain rod allows fabric to hang freely and evenly.
Things You'll Need
- Step ladder
- Tape measure
- Wall anchors (optional)
Slide the components of the curtain rod together if it shipped in multiple, insertable pieces. If the length of the curtain rod can be adjusted, hold the rod over the window and slide the rod to its final length.
Measure the width of the curtain rod and the width of the window. Subtract the width of the window from the width of the curtain rod to determine how much the curtain rod overhangs the window. Divide the overhang width in half to determine how much of the curtain rod should overhang on each side of the window. For example, if the curtain rod is 5 inches wider than the window, the rod should stick out 2.5 inches from either end of the window when it's properly centered.
Mark off the overhang width on both sides of the window, where you want the ends of the curtain rod to fall. Use a pencil to make a vertical line.
Hold the curtain rod against the window again. Line up the ends with the marked overhang lines. Use a level to straighten out the curtain rod, then mark the wall at the top of the curtain rod's ends. Intersect these horizontal pencil marks with the vertical marks you made when establishing the placement of the curtain rod. A friend may be needed to hold the curtain rod level while you make the marks.
Center a bracket over the intersecting lines on one side of the window. Mark where the top of the bracket ends, as well as where the screw holes lie. Repeat for the other side of the window.
Drill any necessary wall anchors into place where the screw holes line up.
Hold the bracket in place, aligning the hardware with the appropriate pencil marks. Drill the screws into the guide holes on the bracket. Start with the holes at the top of the bracket and work your way down.
Repeat the bracket installation on the other side of the window, then erase any visible pencil marks. Place the curtain rod on the bracket to complete the assembly.
Tips & Warnings
- You can eyeball the bracket locations if you don't feel like measuring and marking exact distances, but doing so increases the risk of the curtain rod hanging slightly off-kilter.
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