Putting up a curtain can be an easy way to upgrade any window in your home. In this article we will cover 3 guide tips for installing curtains, including: planning out your installation, installing rod brackets and hanging your curtains.

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Planning Out Your Installation
Before you buy your curtains, snap a photo of your windows. Measure the width at the top, center and bottom of the window frame. Make a sketch marking the largest measurement. Also mark nearby vents, light switches and electrical outlets so that you don’t cover them.
Curtains: The size of your curtains makes a difference in the room’s decor:

  • 63-inch curtains usually sit at or just below the sill.
  • 84-inch curtains sit at or just above the floor.
  • 95-inch curtains can be pooled on the floor for a more dramatic appearance.

You may need longer curtains if you’re mounting the rod near the ceiling. For width, both curtains combined should be at least twice the width of the window and trim.
Rods: Along with curtain size, the rod size and placement can make a difference too. Rods that extend 2-3 inches beyond the frame give a traditional look allowing the curtains to partially cover the window when open. Extending the rod 10-15 inches beyond the trim reveals the entire window, making it look wider. Source: Lowes

Installing Rod Brackets
Determine Bracket Placement: We decided to place our curtain rod 1-1/2” outside of the window on each side.  This placement will ensure there will be no gap between the curtain and the window.
Also, determine the vertical placement of the brackets.  This will likely depend on length of your curtains. Hanging the brackets above the window can make the window appear larger than it is.
Place Bracket Screw Holes: Place the bracket on the right side over the center of the mark.  Using a level and a pencil, mark the holes where the screws will go.
Drill and Secure Brackets: Pre-drill holes for the screws using a 1/8” bit. Insert the screws into the pre-drilled holes, stopping about 1/4” away from the surface of the window frame. Slide the bracket onto the screws. Tighten the screws to secure the bracket to the window frame.
Level and Secure Other Bracket: Place the rod into the right-side bracket and use a level to determine the placement of the left side bracket.  Align the bracket over the center of the 1-1/2” mark you made earlier. Use a pencil to mark the holes where the screws will go.  Remove the rod, and repeat steps 4 to secure the left-side bracket to the frame. Source: DIYNetwork

Hanging Your Curtains
Thread the rod through the curtains. Attach your curtains to the rod before hanging the rod from its brackets. This will make things easier for you. Clip the straight tops of tab-less and pocket-less curtains with curtain clips. Start at the outer edge of each panel and space each clip evenly.

  • Thread the rod through the top pocket opening of the rod pocket curtain panels. Pull each tab loop of both curtains over the rod.
  • Secure the rod to the brackets. For most bracket and rods systems, you’ll either thread each end of the rod through the bracket holes or place the rod on top of a crescent-shaped depression in the brackets.
  • Finalize the installation. Press the two finials into each end of the rod, or screw them in place, depending on their construction. Once the curtains are hanging from the rods in the desired spot, test the curtains. Make sure you can move the curtains as they’re designed to move. Source: wikiHow

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