How to Install a Curtain Rod

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Installing a curtain rod requires you to take accurate measurements of the area you're working with. Learn how to install a curtain rod with help from a professional interior designer in this free video clip.

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Hi, my name is Erica Lugbill, and I'm an interior designer, working for Lugbill Designs in Chicago. Today, I'm going to be covering how to install a curtain rod. The first step is to make sure you measure, measure, measure, and plan everything out, so you're only drilling once, and you're not drilling a bunch of holes all over the wall to try and get it level and even. The first step is to measure on your bracket, itself, the distance between the screw holes. So, what I do then is I actually take blue tape, and I put this up on the wall where I want the bracket to go. And then, I measure out the holes. I measure that onto the blue tape, and then I mark with my pen or pencil where those holes should go. That way, you're not marking directly onto the wall. And then, you go to each point at each bracket and do the same thing. Then, after you have all of the tape up, measure and make sure you have everything placed correctly. We're going to measure off of the ceiling height instead of the floor height. Even though the ceiling might not be exactly even, we want the rod to go along with the ceilings so that it appears to be even, even if it's not perfectly level. So next, unless you're drilling directly into a wood stud, then you need to go ahead and use an anchor for that extra stability. In most cases, you'd be ok, but children pulling on the curtains, you never know what's going to happen, so you want to be safe. Once you have the bracket and the anchors in and it's drilled into place, it's really simple from that point. You simply take the rod, and place it on the bracket. You position your rings correctly, how you want them to be on the rod. And then the finials are a simple--they just screw directly into the edges, here. And there you have it. Thanks for watching my video today. I hope you found these tips helpful.

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