10 Helpful Tips On
How To Hang Curtains
You just found the perfect window coverings online and you're excited to hang them up. The only thing left to do is figure out how to hang them up. Hanging curtains can be an intimidating process for many homeowners. "Should I hang them from the wall or the ceiling?" "What tools do I need?" and "What type of curtain rod should I use?" are common questions for everyone trying to figure out how to install their curtains. Don't worry. The process can be a lot easier than it seems. Use these 10 helpful tips to measure your windows, decide how to hang your curtains, figure out what tools you need and more!
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1. Tips On Measuring For Curtains
Before you hang your curtains, you have to figure out the width and length of the curtains you need. Most windows and doors are a standard height, which makes shopping for curtains fairly easy. However, there are many exceptions to this rule, and the exceptions could determine how you might have to alter your measurements to correctly hang your curtains. For full-length curtains, you might have to adjust the height of your curtain rod to make sure your curtains don't drape on the ground. If you want your curtains to layer on the ground (which is common for a more traditional effect) then you'll need to have the measurements for your windows or doors on hand to check the length of the curtains as you shop online.
2. Hanging Curtains On The Wall
If you're going to be mounting your curtain rod brackets on the wall, it's commonly recommended that you measure 3" to 4" from the sides of your window and 4" to 6" above your window. This extra width on the sides will allow you to fully open the drapes to maximize the view from your window. It also gives the curtains space to create a natural framing effect, which looks great with additional add-ons like curtain tiebacks. The extra height will keep the curtain rod above the window to complete the ideal framing effect, and can also have the desired effect of making your windows look larger. In some cases, you won't have 4" to 6" of clearance to hang curtains from the wall.
3. Hanging Curtains From Ceiling
If the top of your windows is closer to the ceiling, you probably won't have enough clearance to hang your curtain rod properly. That's when you have to hang curtains from the ceiling. The only major difference is the type of bracket you'll be using. However, you'll also need to know how far away from the wall you should mount the ceiling bracket. For mounting brackets to the ceiling, maintain the 3" to 4" measurement for the width, and then measure out from the wall 1" to 2" to give yourself enough space to hang your bracket. You don't want the curtain rod hanging too far away from the wall.
4. Different Types Of Curtain Rods
There are a few different types of curtain rods. The most common is the tradition or stationary curtain rod. This type of curtain rod can be mounted from the wall or the ceiling, and allows you to move curtains such as grommet top curtains, curtains with rod pockets, or curtains with hooks with ease. There's also variations on the traditional curtain rod, such as spring-tension curtain rods that are great for mounting curtains inside a recessed window frame, like with small kitchen windows where you're hanging a valance or small sheer curtains. It's also important to know that double-curtain rods can be used for hanging more complicated curtain sets, like window treatments with valances.
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5. Tools For Hanging Curtains
The tools you need for hanging curtains are not very complicated. Once you have your curtain rods picked out and your curtain rod hardware accounted for, you'll want to get your hands on a basic measuring tape to measure the placements for your brackets. You'll also need a pencil to make the marks from your measurements, a level for taking the most accurate measurements and making sure your curtain rod and curtains will ultimately hang completely straight, as well as a power drill and drill bit set for installing your hardware easier.
6. Making Your Marks
Making an exact mark is crucial, but making a mark that will be hidden by your hardware is also important. Don't just use any writing utensil you have lying around the house because you think it will eventually be hidden by the bracket or curtain rod. Mistakes can sometimes be made, so you want to use a utensil that can be easily removed. A common pencil or even a carpenter's pencil is perfect. The soft graphite isn't going to make unsightly marks on your wall, but it's also dark enough to see on any color wall. Plus, the sharp tip will help you get the most exactly placement for your marks, which will lead to more precise hardware installation.
7. Keeping Measurements Level
One of the trickiest parts about hanging curtains is keeping your measurements perfectly level on both sides of your window. Using the right-angled corners of your window or window trim should be an accurate reference point that will keep both brackets level based on your separate measurements. However, it's better to double check your work before drilling holes into the wall. One of the easiest ways to see if your marks are level across this wide distance is with a laser level. But if you don't have access to a laser level, you can also use your pencil to draw a light line between your marks by holding a tight piece of thread or by marking the top of your level as you move horizontally across the window from mark to mark.
8. Drilling Holes For Curtains
After you've marked where you want your brackets to hang, the next step is drilling them in. Find the mark you made and line up your bracket to make a mark inside the bracket hole where you will be drilling. This will tell you exactly where you should drill your pilot hole. Drilling a pilot hole will help guarantee that your screw won't break off or crack the stud. Unless you're hanging a pretty heavy curtain rod with heavier curtains, you won't need to drill an anchor into the wall. Don't drill the screw all the way in right from the beginning. You'll need some space to mount and slide the bracket in place. After the bracket is aligned where you want it to be, you can finish screwing it in with the drill or switch to a screwdriver.
9. The Finishing Touches
All you have left to do once the brackets are in place is slide the curtains onto your curtain rods, set your curtain rod on or weave the curtain rod through the bracket, and add the curtain rod ends or finials. Once you have your curtains installed, installing something like the hardware for curtain tiebacks will seem pretty easy. The good news is that even though some of your window measurements will be different and will require different types of hardware, hanging your curtains the first time will make the entire process go a lot smoother and quicker as you continue to hang curtains all over your home.
10. Rental-Friendly Curtain Options
When you're trying to figure out how to decorate an apartment, renting a home, or living in any temporary location like a dorm room, you probably don't want to start drilling holes in the walls, especially if you haven't installed curtains before and are worried about making a mistake. A popular solution is to use adhesive hooks that are large enough to securely hold a curtain rod in place. Follow the same tips to measure the placement of the adhesive hooks on each side of your window or door, and then simply place your curtain rod on the hooks with your curtain in place and you're done.