I’m going to show you how to easily hang curtains in a few easy steps that you can not only do, but remember for future projects. I used to be intimidated by hanging curtains, I’d have several holes in the wall, sometimes the bracket would only be held by a single screw. Uuhhuh, I know some of you are nodding your heads because you’ve done it too. It’s time to say goodbye to wonky lopsided curtains and extra holes and hang perfect curtains every time:)
Next on the list of things to tackle for my master bedroom budget makeover was a window treatment and this gives me the perfect opportunity to share my little system of how to easily hang curtains. Psst…it works great for other things with multiple screws too:)
I had no desire to pay $50+ for a curtain rod so I made a my own DIY curtain rod from a 1/34″ plain wood dowel I found at Home Depot. I used finials with screws attached and these wood brackets and they worked just fine. I started by trimming my dowel down to fit my window measurement plus 10″, screwed on the finials and gave everything a good coat of white paint.
Voila!.. a nice looking curtain rod for the same price as the plastic skinny ones in that cost the same.
Whether you make or buy your curtain rod, be sure to account for enough room on each side of your window for the bracket and the area you want the curtain to hang when it’s open. My space is tight since the other side of my window has only 6 inches before it hits the wall. That’s also why I chose small and flat finials.
Ready to easily hang curtains in 5 easy steps?
Most curtain brackets have at least 2 screw holes to anchor to the wall. Even if your brackets look different from mine, my simple tutorial on how to hang curtains should work.
#1. Measure out from the edge and down from the ceiling on each side of the window and mark where you want the top hole for the curtain bracket to be.
#2. Drill a hole in the top mark of one side only.
#3 Most likely you will drill into sheet rock and need to use sheetrock anchors like this. Install the anchor in the top hole. Once your pilot hole is large enough, the drywall screw goes in easily with the drill and a Phillips head bit.
#4. Install the curtain rod bracket using the top screw, only fastening the screw a 1/4 to 1/2 of the way in.
#5. Position the bracket straight. Use a pilot bit and drill the bottom hole for the curtain rod bracket. The bracket will be loose and easy to swing around, push it aside to drill with the larger bit and then install the drywall anchor. Put the bracket back down over the hole and install the screw.
Now do the same for the other side.
Not all windows and ceilings are level. If you suspect your measurements are not straight you can easily test them at this point.
Tie a string around a screw on the installed bracket and run it across to the other side, same screw position. You’ll need an extra set of hands for this step, have someone hold a level at the string mark. Make any adjustments as needed before the second side is drilled.
That’s it. These rod holders slide onto the brackets, I put my the curtains on the rod and hung them.
It’s the easiest way to hang curtains I’ve ever tried, and fast too.
Sometimes curtains hand a little goofy like the right side of mine even after ironing. If you pin them or clip them in the shape you want the folds for a few day that usually does the trick.
The room is starting to look so much better already! See one of my aged white nightstands I painted? It’s perfect in this room. The vintage style dresser has a painted faux zinc top that I still love.
After trying lots of other methods to easily hang curtains, this one is by far my favorite. Especially because I can do it myself,
Fess up, are you a member of the wonky installed curtain rods? I was, until I figured out this way of perfectly hanging curtains every time! Share your story in the comment section!