How to Hang a Curtain Rod on a Bay Window

Updated April 17, 2017

Bay windows can give a room a unique look. Hanging curtains in a bay window can add to your room decor and offer privacy. If you want to hang curtains in the bay windows, you'll need to first install curtain rods that will work with the window type. Whether your bay window is one big curve, or if it has three separate walls with a window in each, there is a way to install curtain rods.

Measure the bay windows. If you have a curved wall with the windows, measure the whole curve with a measuring tape. If you have three walls in a half hexagon shape, measure each wall separately. Be sure to measure in a straight line, parallel to the floor. Measure starting 2 inches above each window.

Add 4 inches to the measurement for the shorter windows. Add 10 inches to the measurement for the larger window. This will account for the overhang of the rods needed for each window.

Purchase three separate curtain rods, one for each window, if you have a hexagon shaped bay window. If you have a curved window, purchase a curved curtain rod specially designed for these types of windows. Another type of bay curtain rod can bend to fit the shape of the window. Be sure to purchase curtain rods that fit the decor of the room and the curtains.

Install the rods by measuring starting 2 inches above the window. Mark the spots 2 inches above and 2 inches on each side of the window. Drill or screw the brackets into these spots. The brackets will hold the rods.

Install your curtains on the rods. If the rod feeds through the curtain top, then you must put the curtain on the rod before you install the rods in the brackets. If you have a curtain rod with rings, you can add the curtains after installing the rod.

Attach the rods to the brackets. Cafe rods will sit on the curtain rod holders. Metal brackets will have a hole to snap the rod into. Some rods fit into the holes on the brackets. Consult the manufacturer's instructions if you're unsure how to install the rods on the brackets.

Things You'll Need

  • Measuring tape
  • Screws
  • Drill
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