How to Install Curtains Rods (The Right Way)

How to Install Curtains Rods (The Right Way) – So you’ve bought your beautiful new curtains and you’re ready to hang them up. But wait! There’s one more thing you need to do first – install the curtain rods.

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Tools and Materials Needed

In order to install your curtain rods properly, you will need a few tools and materials. You will need a tape measure, a level, a drill, dowel rods, L-brackets, screws, and wall plugs.

Measuring for the Rods

Curtains are a mainstay of any elegant home. They can be used to add a touch of privacy to any room, or simply to add a bit of decoration. Installing curtain rods may seem like a daunting task, but with a few simple steps it can be easily accomplished.

Before measuring for your curtains, it is important to first decide what type of rod you would like to use. There are several different types of rods available on the market, including tension rods, mounted rods, and spring-loaded rods. Each type has its own advantages and disadvantages, so be sure to choose the one that best suits your needs.

Once you have decided on the type of rod you would like to use, it is time to measure for it. The most important measurement is the width of the window. You will need to measure from one side of the window to the other, making sure to include any molding or trim in your measurement.

Once you have the width of the window, you will need to decide how far above the window you would like the rod to be mounted. The height at which you mount the rod will largely be determined by personal preference. A good rule of thumb is to mount the rod at least four inches above the window frame. This will ensure that your curtains will not block any light from coming into the room.

Now that you have all of your measurements, it is time to purchase your curtain rod and install it . . .

Hanging the Curtain Rods

Installing curtain rods may seem like a daunting task, but it’s actually quite simple – as long as you do it the right way. Trust us, taking the extra time to make sure your curtain rods are installed correctly will be worth it in the long run. Not only will your curtains look great, but they’ll also be more functional and last longer.

To start, you’ll need to gather a few tools: a power drill, a screwdriver, screws (we recommend using 3/4″ wooden dowel screws), dowel plugs or wall anchors (if needed), and of course, your curtain rod brackets and curtains. Once you have all of your materials, follow these steps:

1. Decide where you want to hang your curtains. Measure the width of the window and add 6-12 inches on each side, depending on how wide you want your curtains to be. This will be the total width of your curtain rod.
2. Using a power drill, create pilot holes in the wall at both ends of the window at the height you want to hang your curtains. These pilot holes should be about 1 inch below where the brackets will sit.
3. Screw in the screws at both ends of the window. Be careful not to overtighten – just snug them up until they’re tight enough that they won’t fall out, but not so tight that they strip out the pilot holes in the wall.
4. Hang your brackets on the screws using either screw-in type bracket hardware or by sliding them onto protruding nails or Dowel screws (as described in step 2).
5. Place your curtain rod into the brackets and adjust it until it is level before tightening set screws or other locking devices according to package instructions for each type of bracket chosen in Step 4

Finishing Touches

For a window to look its best, it often comes down to the finishing touches. Curtains play a big role in the overall look of a room, so it’s important to choose the right ones and hang them properly. That’s why we’ve put together this quick guide on how to install curtains rods, so you can get it right the first time.

Before you start, you’ll need to gather your materials. You’ll need a measuring tape, a level, a drill, screwdriver and appropriate screws for your wall type, and of course the curtain rod itself. Once you have everything assembled, follow these simple steps:

1. Measure the width of your window from one end to the other. Add an extra 12 inches (30 cm) on each side to account for the curtains being open. This is the measurement you will use to purchase your curtain rod.
2. Use your measuring tape and level to mark where you will drill your holes for the screws. The screws should be placed about 4 inches (10 cm) from each side of the window, at least 6 inches (15 cm) above the window frame.
3. Drill your holes and insert the screws. Be sure to use screws that are appropriate for your wall type – if you’re not sure, ask a hardware store employee for assistance.
4. Place your curtain rod on the screws and twist it until it is tight against the wall. If necessary, use pliers to tighten it further.

Tips and Tricks

Installing curtain rods might seem like a pretty straightforward task, but if you want them to look good (and stay up), there are a few things you should keep in mind. Here are some tips and tricks for installing curtain rods the right way:

– Measure twice, drill once: This old adage definitely applies when it comes to installing curtain rods. Make sure you measure the width of your window (or door) and the distance from the top of the window (or door) to where you want the Curtains to fall. Once you have those numbers, add about 3-4 inches to each number to account for overlap.

– Drill pilot holes: Another important step in successfully installing curtain rods is to drill pilot holes before screwing in the brackets. This will help ensure that your screws go into the wall straight and don’t come out at an angle.

– Use wall anchors: If you’re not drilling into studs, make sure to use wall anchors when screwing in your brackets. This will help keep your curtain rod securely in place.

– Hang the curtains: Once your brackets are secure, it’s time to hang the curtains! Start by attaching the hooks (or rings) to the back of the curtains, then gently lower them onto the rod. Make sure that the fabric is evenly distributed on both sides and that the curtains are hanging at the desired length.

Common Mistakes

One of the most common mistakes people make when installing curtain rods is not using the proper hardware. Some people try to use nails or screws, but this can damage your walls and make it difficult to remove the curtains later on. Instead, use Curtain Rod brackets. These brackets will hold the rod in place and make it easy to remove the curtains when you need to.

Another common mistake is not measuring correctly. Make sure you measure the width of your window so you know how long to make your curtain rod. It’s also important to measure the distance from the top of the window to where you want the rod to sit. Many people forget to account for things like curtain overlap, which can impact where the rod needs to be installed.

Finally, a lot of people accidentally buy too small of a curtain rod. This might not seem like a big deal, but it can actually have a major impact on how your curtains look. If your curtain rod is too small, it will make your curtains look bunched up and unfinished. Make sure you buy a curtain rod that is wide enough to accommodate your curtains without bunching them up.


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Further Reading

If you’re not sure how to install curtains rods, there are plenty of resources that can help. Check out these articles for more information:

– “How to Install Curtains Rods” from The Spruce
– “How to Install a Curtain Rod” from wikiHow
– “Installing Curtain Rods” from


This article was written by Alyssa Davis. Alyssa is a freelance writer and editor with over 10 years of experience. She has a B.A. in English from the University of Florida. Alyssa has edited articles on a variety of topics for websites like eHow, LiveStrong, and US News & World Report.

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