With the right tools and some planning, you can hang new curtains to freshen up your home's decor.
Tools & Materials
- Level (at least 2 feet long)
- Power Drill
- Safety Glasses
- Stud Finder
- Tape Measure
- Curtain Hardware
- Curtain Rod
- Drywall Anchors
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.
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.
Hang the rod 6 inches above the window frame for a standard look. Or use extra-long curtains and hang the rod near the ceiling to make the room appear taller. When you're figuring out the curtain and rod placement, remember to account for how the curtain hangs on the rod (hooks, rings, tabs, grommets or pockets). If you're layering curtains, keep in mind that double-rod brackets might extend farther from the wall.
Check the package as to whether the finials are included in the total rod length.
Good to KnowAs soon as you get home, remove curtains from the package and lay them across a bed to allow creases to relax. If necessary, press them smooth with a warm iron or steamer (depending on the fabric) before hanging.