How to Hang a Curtain Behind a Headboard


Bedroom walls can be difficult to decorate. You want to create a relaxing, welcoming and maybe even sexy appeal to the room while still making it look attractive and stylish. The wall behind a bed can be particularly tricky, especially when a headboard covers only part of the wall, leaving that stark white color to stick out among your decoration. Hanging a curtain on the wall behind the headboard will add a dash of style and color to the area with a simple project.

Things You'll Need

  • Curtain rod
  • Pencil
  • Brackets
  • Screws
  • Drill
  • Line up a 1-inch thick curtain rod over your bed, centering it between the bedposts. Make sure it sits level. Mark the edges of the curtain rod on your wall with pencil to indicate where you need to install the brackets.

  • Set a curtain rod support bracket at each of the marked areas on your wall. Install the bracket with the screws provided with the bracket kit, setting a screw into each hole in the bracket. This will secure the brackets in place so that they can support the weight of the curtain.

  • Thread the curtain rod through the seam at the top of the curtain. If you want to use a piece of your own fabric, fold the top edge of the fabric under by 2 inches and stitch or glue the fabric in place, creating a seam through which you can pass the curtain rod.

  • Secure the curtain rod in place on the brackets. Depending on the type of rod you have, this may require another screw on each end, or it may just slide into place. Pull the curtain into place to cover the area behind your headboard. Make sure the edges of the curtain drape behind the headboard, not in front of it.

Tips & Warnings

  • Find curtain rods and support brackets at hardware or home improvement stores, as well as window or curtain specialty retailers.
  • You can make the curtain extend beyond your headboard if it looks better with your décor. Use a longer rod. If you have to use a curtain rod longer than 4 to 5 feet, install a support bracket in the center as well to support the extra weight.


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