How to hang curtain panels from the ceiling

Written by kathryn hatter
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There are several uses for hanging curtain rods from the ceiling. In some instances, curtains hanging from the ceiling can be an effective way to partition a room and add privacy. A curtain hanging from the ceiling is also a lovely way to create a canopy bed treatment above a bed without a frame on the actual bed.
Hanging the curtain rods is the most difficult part, but once that is done the rest is quite easy and fast. This is a project that most people with a few simple carpentry skills can accomplish.

Skill level:
Moderately Challenging

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Things you need

  • Ceiling mount brackets (hardware included)
  • 1-inch diameter adjustable length curtain rods
  • Tape measure
  • Pencil
  • Clip rings (rings that open to allow them to be placed on the rod after rod is installed)
  • Pinch-pleat curtains (standard curtains may need to have a panel added to lengthen)
  • Electric drill
  • Step stool
  • Helper

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  1. 1

    Plan the area where the curtains will be hung. Measure the desired place for the curtains. Ceiling mount brackets should be placed approximately every 5 feet along the ceiling. Consider the weight of the curtains to be hung. If the weight is substantial (drapery weight fabric, for instance) consider using hardware that utilises anchors in the ceiling to support the weight of the curtains.

  2. 2

    Make small marks with the pencil where the hardware will be drilled to attach the brackets.

  3. 3

    Drill the hardware into the ceiling to attach the brackets. Use the step stool to reach the ceiling and ask for help from your assistant if necessary.

  4. 4

    Slide the rods into the brackets and attach clip rings onto the rods.

  5. 5

    Assess the curtains. If using standard pinch-pleat curtains and the curtains are to hang freely from the ceiling, it may be necessary to add a panel to the bottom of the curtains to make the curtains reach the floor. The panel should be cut out of a complimentary fabric and cut to match the width of the curtains. The width of the panel should be about 12 inches. Hem the bottom of the panel before attaching to the curtains and then attach the panel to the curtain. If the curtains are to hang around a bed to create a canopy bed effect, it will not be necessary to add a panel to make them reach the floor.

  6. 6

    Consider if you want the wrong side of the curtain visible. If not, make a double-sided curtain effect by placing two layers of curtains together with the wrong sides facing in and the right sides facing out.

  7. 7

    Hang the curtains from the clip rings every 5 to 7 inches depending on the weight of the drapery fabric. If hanging two layers of curtains together, place the clips closer together. Adjust the curtains along the rod to make them smooth and even.

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