How to Hang Curtains: An Easy 4-Step Guide (Plus Styling Tips)

How to Hang Curtains: An Easy 4-Step Guide (Plus Styling Tips)

by DeVore Design, January 2, 2020

Looking at a bare window and wondering how to hang curtains? Curtains can complete the look of the room and help keep you from being an accidental exhibitionist. (Oh, hi, neighbor!) While any project involving a ladder can feel like a pain—and a hazard—hanging curtains is a quick and easy process once you have all the tools and know the right steps. Whether you want to finally put the finishing touches on your space, need to block out sunlight so you can sleep in for once, or don’t want your neighbors judging your in-home workout routine, it’s time to learn how to hang curtains and say goodbye to those naked windows. Below, you’ll find a step-by-step guide to get those curtains up, followed by six pro tips for styling them!

How to Hang Curtains in 4 Easy Steps

1. Gather Your Tools and Materials

First things first: gather up everything you need to hang curtains, including:

  • Curtains
  • Curtain rod and hardware
  • Ladder
  • Tape measure
  • Pencil
  • Level
  • Drill and drill bit
  • Safety glasses
  • Stud finder
  • Wall anchors (if needed)
  • Iron

2. Take Measurements

Measure your windows to make sure you get the correct curtains and rods. To determine the length of the rod, measure the width of your window and add eight to twelve inches. Each curtain panel should be at least as wide as your window. Measure from the spot you plan to hang the rod (usually four to six inches above the window, but a minimum of two inches) to the floor to figure out the length of the curtains. Add more length if you want the drapes to pool.

3. Install Brackets

Use a pencil to mark the drill holes for your brackets. Each bracket should be placed at the height you previously determined and about four to six inches from the side of the window frame. (This will allow you to open the curtains completely.) Check to make sure your pencil marks are level otherwise the entire window treatment will be crooked. Use a stud finder to see if your brackets line up with studs. If they don’t, you’ll want to install wall anchors after drilling the holes. Drill the holes and then screw the brackets to the wall.

4. Install Rod and Curtains

If your curtains are straight out of the package, iron or steam out creases and wrinkles. Remove the finials from the curtain rod and thread the curtain onto the rod. Depending on the type of bracket, you may need to place the rod into the bracket before replacing the finial. Your bracket may have set screws to keep the rod in place, so you’ll want to tighten them once the rod is installed.

6 Pro Tips for Styling and Hanging Curtains

1. Fake high ceilings by hanging your curtains as high as possible.

If your apartment feels a little cavelike, try hanging your curtains closer to the ceiling. This will immediately create the illusion of more ceiling height.

2. Find a classic design that won’t go out of style.

“Making a decision on curtains that are somewhat permanent is daunting,” says interior designer Melissa Warner Rothblum, who runs the L.A.-based firm Massucco Warner Miller with partner Julie Massucco Kleiner. The big consideration: finding a design that doesn’t feel fussy and won’t go out of style. “People assume drapes are old-fashioned,” says Kleiner, “but they don’t have to be. Sewing multiple fabrics together for a custom look or adding tape trim for a unique pattern gives them a modern edge.”

3. Opt for curtains that graze the floor.

Keep an eye on proportion—the length should just touch the floor. “The mistake done most often are drapes that are cut too short by a handful of inches,” says Rothblum, “and it doesn’t look like it fits.” Make sure the fabric just hits the floor or ends under an inch above. If what you need is in between curtain lengths available, choose the longer one. Your dry cleaner or tailor can always hem them if they are too long.

4. Do choose a fabric that compliments the vibe of the space.

Make sure the fabric matches the room. Sheer fabrics, such as linens, let in more light and feel more casual—perfect for spaces like living rooms. Heavier fabrics, such as velvets, will block light and provide privacy. If you live in a colder climate or an old building, heavier window treatments can also help block some of those pesky drafts.

5. Coordinate your hardware with the curtain fabric and the room’s existing metals.

Your rods and finials should complement your curtains. Heavier curtains call for more substantial rods, while sheers can be placed on slimmer rods. If you have metal accents elsewhere in the room, such as a gilded pendant light or brass-framed coffee table, consider a similar material or finish for the curtain rods or finials.

6. Order curtain fabric samples.

You always want to aim for fullness with a fabric that hangs nicely so the curtains don’t look lifeless. You can do this by holding the top of a fabric sample and seeing the kind of natural body it has.


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