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How to hang double curtains

Updated February 21, 2017

When you hang heavy drapes over sheer curtains in two layers, you have the choice of darkening a room completely or of allowing natural light to enter while maintaining privacy. Specially designed double curtain rods will help you hang two layers of curtains over a single window. Double rods can also be used to hang a valance over drapes or to hang movable, sheer "privacy" drapes behind fixed decorative drapes. If you are hanging a decorative valance over curtains, you may also use two separate rods.

Hang the double bracket that is supplied with the double rod on each side of the window at the desired height.

Hang the back drape on the curtain rod. If the drape has a casing or rod pocket, hang it by running the curtain rod through the casing before you hang the rod on the inside hooks of the brackets. If the drape hangs from rings, run them onto the rod before you put it up, then attach the curtain to the rings. If your curtain hangs from hooks, put the rod up first and hang the hooks on the rod, then attach the curtain to the hooks.

Hang the outer curtain or valance in the same way.

Hang the brackets for the "under" curtain on each side of the window at the desired height.

Hang the brackets for the valance rod half an inch outside the first brackets and higher than the first brackets. This rod can be several inches higher than the first rod, as long as the valance is long enough to cover the top of the lower curtains. If you are hanging the valance's rod several inches above the first curtain rod, the rods can have the same clearance, meaning they can jut out the same distance from the wall. If the rods will be hung close together, the upper rod must have a wider clearance than the lower rod.

Hang the drapes on the lower curtain rod. If the drape has a casing or rod pocket hang it by running the rod through the curtain casing and hanging it on the inside hooks of the brackets. If the drape hangs from rings, run them onto the rod before you put it up, then attach the curtain to the rings. If your curtain hangs from hooks, put the rod up first and hang the hooks on the rod, then attach the curtain to the hooks.

Hang the valance on the upper rod in the same way.

Things You'll Need

  • Double curtain rod
  • 2 sets of drapes
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Camela Bryan's first published article appeared in "Welcome Home" magazine in 1993. She wrote and published SAT preparation worksheets and is also a professional seamstress who has worked for a children's theater as a costume designer and in her own heirloom-sewing business. Bryan has a Bachelor of Science in chemical engineering from the University of Florida.