How to put up curtain rods in a bay window

Updated February 21, 2017

If you're looking for a way to turn your bay window into a cosy nook, install curtain rods and curtains over the windows. You can install a single traditional curtain rod over each window or a longer bay window curtain rod over the entire set of windows, depending on the look you want. Use a bay window curtain rod to create a single swag or full wall of panels over the entire set. If you use traditional drapery rods, the finials at the end of the rods must be small enough to fit in the space provided.

Measure 4 inches above the window with a measuring tape. Measure 3 inches from the outside of one of the outside bay windows. Mark the spot with a pencil. Place the corresponding outside bracket in the spot. Drill holes in the wall at the appropriate positions for your bracket. Use the provided screws and a screwdriver or the drill with a screwdriver bit to screw the bracket into the wall.

Repeat the process along the outside edge of the opposite bay window on the other side of the set.

Measure 4 inches above the middle window. Find the centre point between the first and second window. Mark it with a pencil. Drill a hole. Screw the rod support into the wall. Repeat the process between the second and third window, if you're using a bay window curtain rod. If you're using a traditional curtain rod, mark the centre. Measure the length of the finial for the curtain rod. Add 1/4 inch to the measurement. Measure the distance out from the centre mark. Mark it with a pencil. Drill holes from your bracket. Screw the bracket into the wall. Repeat the process for the brackets on the next window.

Put the rod together per the manufacturer's instructions. Install the cord tension pulley per the manufacturer's instructions, if one is needed.

Slip curtains or drapes over the rod in your preferred style for the type of curtain or drape.

Hang the rod on the brackets and supports.


If you're using a bay window rod, you will typically need two people to hang the rod on the brackets because of the length of the rod and weight of the curtains. If you're working by yourself, hang the rods in sections, and put each of the three sections together once you have the rods up on the wall.

Things You'll Need

  • Measuring tape
  • Pencil
  • Bay curtain rod with brackets
  • 3 traditional curtain rods with brackets
  • Drill
  • Screwdriver bit or screwdriver
  • Curtains or drapes
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