How to Hang Drapery If You Only Have Room on One Side

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How to Hang Drapery If You Only Have Room on One Side
An unusual window placement doesn't mean that you can't hang up window treatments. (Jupiterimages/Comstock/Getty Images)

Rooms come in all shapes and sizes, and sometimes windows are tucked so closely to the wall that there isn't room for conventional curtain rod brackets to support curtains. Luckily for you, curtain rod designers have been dealing with these issues for years and have created one-sided, or crane, rods for windows with only enough room for a single bracket as well as ceiling-mount curtain rods for windows with no wall space but ample ceiling space. Mounting these special rods is within the abilities of most homeowners.

Skill level:
Moderately Easy

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Things you need

  • Crane rod
  • Stud finder
  • Long screws
  • Wall anchors (optional)
  • Tape measure
  • Pencil
  • Screwdriver
  • Ceiling mount brackets

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    Installing a One-Sided Crane Curtain Rod

  1. 1

    Hold the crane-style curtain rod up at the top of the window so that the bracket is positioned over the wall space to one side of the window. The finished end of the curtain rod should cover the glass portion of the window without hitting the adjacent wall. The rod is designed to pivot at the bracket. Mark the location of the bracket and bracket screws on the wall.

  2. 2

    Slide a wall stud finder across the area where the bracket will be installed. If no stud is located, use wall anchors to help support the bracket.

  3. 3

    Install your wall anchors and then screw the bracket and rod to the wall.

  4. 4

    Check the packaging on the rod and note the weight limitations of the curtain you can hang on that size of rod. Select a curtain lighter than those limitations and hang your curtain as you normally would.

    Install Ceiling Mount Curtain Rods

  1. 1

    Align each bracket on the ceiling 1 inch away from the exterior window wall and even with the sides of the window. Mark the location of each bracket and its screw holes on the ceiling.

  2. 2

    Slide a stud finder across the ceiling in the area of the brackets to try to locate ceiling joists. If no joists are found, use wall anchors to help secure the brackets to the ceiling.

  3. 3

    Install the wall anchors and then screw one of the brackets into place.

  4. 4

    Install the second set of wall anchors.

  5. 5

    Slide one end of the curtain rod onto the mounted bracket.

  6. 6

    Slide on the number of rings and clips you will need to use to hang your draperies.

  7. 7

    Slide the second bracket over the rod and position the rod bracket against the ceiling over its wall anchors.

  8. 8

    Screw the second bracket in place.

  9. 9

    Twist the turn screws on each bracket to tighten the curtain rod to the bracket.

  10. 10

    Hang your drapery by attaching your fabric to the clips. Note the weight limitations of the curtain rod and do not hang too much weight from the rod.

Tips and warnings

  • Cables and tension rods can also be used for lightweight curtain installations. Visit a curtain store to see other unusual window treatment options.

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