How to hang swing-arm curtain rods

Written by sherita smedley
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Swing-arm curtain rods are ideal for French doors, small windows, bathrooms, windows on doors, room dividers, panel windows or any place that hanging a full curtain rod is not the best or most convenient option. It is much easier to swing your curtain to the side rather than having to push full curtains out of the way. Correctly mounting this rod will result in efficient use.

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Things you need

  • Battery operated screwdriver
  • Level
  • Pencil
  • Curtain
  • Ladder

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  1. 1

    Locate the best place to mount the rod. Choose a wall close to the door or window, inside or outside the window frame, or even the ceiling.

  2. 2

    Hold the mounting bracket up to the place on the wall you plan to hang it. Mark the location of the screw holes with a pencil.

  3. 3

    Pre-drill holes at the marked locations. Only drill deep enough to have a good start for your screws. If you do not hit a stud while drilling, you will need drywall anchors.

  4. 4

    Locate the screws that came with curtain rod. Screw in the bottom screw first. Use the level to ensure it is straight on the wall, then screw in the top screw.

  5. 5

    Move the arm to ensure it swings freely. If movement is impeded, change the position of the arm.

  6. 6

    Slide curtains onto the arm and put the finial on the rod.

Tips and warnings

  • For best results, mount to a flat surface. When mounting the rod, allow enough clearance space so that the rod can swing freely.

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