How to Hang Curtains Under Molding

Written by jennifer terry
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Mouldings can improve the appearance of the home's interior. The crown moulding is an angled and carved piece of wood that covers the seam between the ceiling and the wall. When hanging curtains,you may choose to leave the moulding in view by hanging the curtain under the moulding. This will showcase the moulding instead of hiding it. Having your curtain rods properly placed will allow the window to be dressed in fabric and show the moulding at the same time.

Skill level:
Moderately Challenging

Things you need

  • Measuring tape
  • Level
  • Pencil
  • Curtain rod
  • Sewing machine
  • Thread

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  1. 1

    Use the measuring tape to measure the fabric that extends above the rod pocket on the curtain. This is the curtain header. Start at the top of the pocket or hook row and measure to the end of the fabric that is above the casing or hook row. Add 1 inch. This is your header measurement.

  2. 2

    Measure down toward the window, from the bottom edge of the moulding, to the distance of your header measurement. Mark lightly on the wall at that distance. This is the highest rod position.

  3. 3

    Use your measuring tape to measure the window's width. Mark the centre. Measure the length of the curtain rod. Mark the centre.

  4. 4

    Align the centre of the rod over the centre of the window. Position the rod no higher than the rod position mark. Mount the first rod bracket following the package directions. Place the level with one end under the bracket and the other end pointing toward the next bracket location on the other side of the window. Raise or lower the level until the bubble is in the middle of its two lines. This indicates your line is level. Mark the top of the level at the second bracket position. This indicates the bottom of the bracket position. Mount the second rod bracket.

  5. 5

    Insert the rod through the curtain pocket and place the rod on the brackets. If your curtains require hooks, place the rod on the brackets first. Insert the hooks into position on the curtain and hang the curtains on the rod.

Tips and warnings

  • A curtain valance to dress up the top of the curtain will draw attention to your moulding.
  • A short header may be necessary if there is a small amount of room between the top of your window and the moulding.

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