how to - hang a curtain rod

How to hang a curtain rod - Inspire Me Heather blog
{some tips}

While there are no hard and fast rules to hanging a curtain rod, here are some guidelines to help you make your window treatments work for you - no matter what your style is.

Here's how to hang a curtain rod

First, measure your window and it's trim. For your curtain rod placement hang your curtains on the rod and hold it all up to estimate where you want the brackets to be installed.

To allow in the maximum amount of light, measure for your curtain rod to be at least 5 inches wider than the window on either side. To visually heighten the window, mark the point 4 to 6 inches above the window frame for a casual look or you can measure halfway between the top of the window trim and the ceiling for a formal look. Don't forget to center your rod over the window and position your rod away from the wall so that the curtains hang straight down.
Here's a tip: narrower curtain rods create a causal look in your room and thicker rods give your space a more formal feel.
To create a classic look, hang your curtains so that they just hit the floor or hover no more than a half inch above the floor. For a more casual look, allow your curtains to float down past the floor 2 to 3 inches or allow them to puddle by adding 4 to 6 inches, creating a more dramatic feel.

Make sure your rod is level and install your curtain rod hardware by marking in pencil where you want your holes to be. You can drill a pilot hole to make sure you have got something behind the drywall to secure your screws. If there's nothing behind there you can use drywall anchors, they are little plastic screw holders that tap into the wall and spring open to allow the screw in.

You can also position one curtain ring or clip to the outer side of each of the end supports, this will hold your curtain so that it closes properly.

hanging a curtain rod
{using adjustable rod brackets}

Do you have any tips for hanging a curtain rod? I love hearing from you so please share your questions or tips in the comments section below!


  1. These are awesome tips, I'm pinning!

  2. The only way I ever hang curtain rods now is with a big level! I install one bracket at the height I want the curtains to be, move to where the next bracket should be and hold the bracket with the rod strung between it and the installed bracket. I put the level on top of the rod and mark with a pencil where the screws need to go. Then I drill or install the anchor for bracket #2. I love my level. :)

  3. Great tips Heather - drapery gives a room such a finished and cozy look!

  4. I love how you've hung the curtains over your blinds. That is totally what I've been meaning to do with some of my windows. The white with the bamboo kinda look... love. A great factor in using white blinds is that they don't fade from the sun. Love that!

  5. Just what I needed since my next project is to hang curtains in my bedroom - thanks for posting!

  6. I've started using a laser level to make sure all supports are level. They work fantastic and are usually not as cumbersome as long levels. These are great tips - thanks so much for sharing!

  7. Thanks for the very useful info here. Found you through G+ for August. I am your new follower! <3Laura,


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