How to install a curtain holdback

Updated February 21, 2017

Curtain holdbacks keep curtains away from a window, allowing natural light into your home. To hold heavy curtains in place, curtain holdbacks need to fasten securely to the wall. This includes using the correct structural fasteners to install the holdbacks. Whether the support walls of your home are made of lumber or concrete, hollow wall anchors are used for voids in structural members, and wood screws are needed when you encounter a wood stud or furring strip.

Measure the height of the curtains requiring holdbacks with a tape measure. Divide the measurement by two.

Measure up from the bottom of the curtain the final measurement with a tape measure and place a pencil mark on the wall next to the curtain. Move to the other curtain and repeat the process.

Hold a curtain holdback on one of the pencil marks. Place the curtain in the holdback. Move the holdback until you achieve the proper look for the tied-back curtain. Insert the tip of a pencil into each mounting hole to mark the locations for mounting hardware.

Select a drill bit from the drill bit set that matches the diameter of the hollow wall anchor. Drill a hole at each mounting location with the drill bit secured in the chuck of a 3/8-inch drill motor. If you hit wood behind the drywall, stop drilling. You need to keep wood behind the drywall hole.

Tap a hollow wall anchor into each drilled hole with a hammer.

Align the mounting holes of the curtain holdback. Thread a screw into each hollow wall anchor and thread a 1-inch wood screw into any holes that landed on a wood stud or furring strip.

Tighten each hollow wall anchor fastener with a Phillips-head screwdriver to complete the installation of the curtain holdbacks.

Things You'll Need

  • Tape measure
  • Pencil
  • Drill bit set
  • Hollow wall anchor kit
  • 3/8-inch drill motor
  • Hammer
  • 1-inch wood screws
  • Phillips-head screwdriver
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