How to install a ceiling mounted curtain rod

Ceiling mounted curtains can make a small window look larger or give the option of hanging curtains in a space where a traditional wall-mounted rod isn't feasible. Instead of placing the mounting hardware on either side or just above the window frame, the hardware is attached to the ceiling. The curtains give the illusion of a floor-to-ceiling window, which can make a dramatic statement in any room. Correct installation ensures the rod doesn't pull loose from the ceiling and is centred correctly.

Measure the top of the window, from one corner of the window trim to the other. Choose a curtain rod that is 10 to 15 cm (4 to 6 inches) longer than the top of the window frame.

Measure 10 cm (4 inches) out from where the ceiling meets the wall above one corner of the window. Make a pencil mark at the location. Repeat for the other corner of the window and place a pencil mark on the ceiling there.

Hold the mounting bracket against the ceiling at one of the marked points. Drill a 6 mm (1/4 inch) pilot hole through the screw hole on the bracket.

Attach the mounting bracket by screwing a molly bolt into the hole. Molly bolts have a plastic or metal sheathing that opens and anchors them to the drywall, ensuring the mounting hardware is secure. Attach the second mount on the other pencil mark using the same method.

Place the rod inside the mounting hardware. Adjust the rod until it is centred inside the mounts correctly. Hang the curtain from the rod.


Most ceiling-mount rods come with their own hardware, but they may include regular screws instead of molly bolts. Use your own molly bolts to ensure that the rod is secure.


Always measure twice and drill once; otherwise, you may end up with off-centre holes on your ceiling.

Things You'll Need

  • Measuring tape
  • Pencil
  • Ceiling-mount rod and hardware kit
  • Drill
  • Molly bolts
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