Hanging curtains can be a rewarding experience, provided you are prepared for the work entailed in getting the job done. In order to hang drapes, sheers, or curtains, it’s important to measure the window and get the proper size of curtain rod.
First, measure the length and width of the window and frame. Curtains should never be too narrow or too short. Designers advise that you purchase a curtain rod that is no less than 10 inches wider than the width of the window frame, but no more than 15 inches wider. Brackets should be placed four to five inches above the window frame, if possible.
Not only should the rod be wider than the window frame, the curtains should be long enough to disguise the brackets around the edges of the rod. Doing this will make windows seem wider and more luxurious. Keep all curtain rods around the room hung at the same height to give the impression of uniformity.
When hanging rod brackets, tap along the walls and search for a stud. If a stud is available and conveniently placed, mark and drill holes and then set the brackets. If there is no stud available behind the drywall, use winged screws. These will prevent the brackets from being pulled out of the wall by the weight of the curtains hung.
Next, place the curtain rod in the brackets and make sure everything is flush and level. Make adjustments as needed. After everything is good to go, place the curtains on the rod and hang them. Remember that you should have tiebacks and hooks so the curtains can be pulled back and rays of sunlight can come through.
If hanging sheers and layering curtain rods, be sure to use at least two sheer panels for each side. This looks much more presentable and chic than sparse sheers looking unfinished, offering no privacy.
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