How Far Up From Window Trim Should You Hang Curtain Brackets?

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Depending on what type of curtains you're installing, as well as the purpose you're installing the curtains for, need to be determined before installation. Find out how far up from window trim you should hang curtain rod brackets with help from a design professional in this free video clip.

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I'm Gene West and this is how far up from window trim you should hang your curtain rod brackets. Depending on what type of curtains you're installing, as well as the purpose you're installing the curtains for, need to be determined first. Lets discuss what we're looking to do with our windows. Is the primary reason for us hanging our curtains to cover the window for privacy, or are we trying to create the illusion that the window is actually larger than it is by putting the treatments up to the ceiling. You'll need to know what size header is on the treatments that you'll be installing. Next we need to establish how long the treatments are. We don't want them dragging on the floor. Once we understand the measurement of our curtains we can measure around our window and install our curtain rod brackets. It is recommended that you install your curtain rod brackets two to three inches out from the window or the moulding, this way it prevents light from entering either side of the window. Remember to plan out your project before you drill any holes. Don't want to create more holes in the walls than is necessary. And if you use the rule of thumb of installing your brackets approximately a half inch higher than your window, not only will your treatments be plumb with the window they'll also be plumb with the top ceiling line.

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