Installing your own curtains can be daunting. The process can seem complicated, and you might feel like you need to know your way around the hardware store in order to do it. However, installing curtains is actually pretty straightforward. All you need is some tape measure, scissors, and a drill for most curtain rods. If you want to improve the look of your windows without spending a lot of money or time, this beginner-friendly guide will show you how.
What You’ll Need
Most curtain rods will come with the brackets and screws that you’ll need. However, if you’re using a different type of rod or would like to drill your own holes, you will need:
– Tape measure
– Drill bits (If you want to make your own holes)
– Level (Optional)
Measure and cut your fabric
The first step is to measure the width and height of the window you’re covering. You’ll need to know these measurements in order to cut your fabric. When you’re measuring, make sure that the fabric is pulled tight. If it’s loose, it could result in an inaccurate measurement. Once you’ve measured, use your scissors to cut your fabric.
Prep for hanging
Whether you’re using a tension rod or a rod that attaches to the wall, the first step is to measure for your desired length of curtain. You’ll want to find out how long you want your curtains to be and subtract 1-2 inches from this measurement. This will allow you to have an allowance on each side so that your rod can hang one inch from the window. After measuring for your desired length, tape the two pieces of string together so that they are at the same height and mark evenly spaced dots along both strings with tape or a marker.
This is where you’ll insert screws into the wall or hooks on the back of your rod in order to secure it in place. Next, drill screw holes into your walls or hooks on your curtain rods according to where you marked with tape or a marker. Make sure they are level and spaced evenly apart according to what line pattern you want on your curtains.
After inserting screws into your chosen locations, attach either a hook on the back of your rods or a screw cap/screw cap anchors onto them according to their instructions. If you opted for hook style rods, make sure they are long enough so that they can be screwed firmly into place without moving or pulling out of position.
Next, place curtains over hooks to make sure they hang evenly before removing all but one set of screws (or hooks) per set of rods; these will act as “hangers” for both sets of curtains once they’re hung up by
Drill the holes in the wall
Before we start, we need to measure the window and cut the curtains to size. The length should be measured from the top of the window frame down to the floor. If you want your curtains to hang all the way to the floor, then you’ll need a piece that’s about 3-4 inches longer than that.
After measuring, cut your curtains to size. Next, drill two holes in one side of each curtain panel just below where it will be pinned on both sides. Drill another hole at the top of the panel near where it will be pinned at the top.
Now, place one panel on either side of your window so that it’s lined up with where you drilled your holes. Pin through each hole on either side of your window with a straight pin or thumbtack until you have them all pinned in place
Hang your curtains.
If you don’t already have a curtain rod, measure the width of your window and purchase one. You can use either a tension rod or a track to hang your curtains.
A tension rod is the easiest option and it’s also relatively cheap. To install a tension rod, you simply need to follow these steps:
1) Measure the height and width of the window and cut a piece of cord or rope that will fit across the top of the window (approximately two feet shorter than the height of your window).
2) Thread one end of the rope through the hole in one end of your curtain rod. 3) Tie that end into a knot on both sides of your window. 4) Thread the other end of the rope through the hole in the other side of your curtain rod and tie knots on both sides as well.
5) Hang your curtains from this cord, making sure to leave enough room for them to move freely.
6) Cut off any excess cord and screw caps over each knot to prevent them from coming undone.
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