How to put curtains on a front door that is half glass panes

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How to put curtains on a front door that is half glass panes
Use sash rods to hang curtains on door windows. (Medioimages/Photodisc/Photodisc/Getty Images)

Unfrosted glass panes on front doors are a security risk. Not only can a potential thief see into your home, but he can locate the lock, break the glass, reach in and open the door. Use traditional or flat-style sash rods to hang curtains on a door. Sash rod brackets can be installed on solid- or hollow-core wood or metal doors with the screws and hardware accompanying the sash rod. If your rod lacks hardware, you can find all of the necessary components at home improvement and most discount stores.

Skill level:
Moderate

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Things you need

  • Metal measuring tape
  • Level
  • 4 sash rod brackets
  • Sash rod hardware
  • Screwdriver or drill
  • 2 sash rods
  • Rod pocket curtain panel(s)

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Instructions

  1. 1

    Measure 2 inches above the trim at the top of the glass pane. Draw a horizontal, level, straight line with a pencil across the door. Measure 2 inches below the trim at the bottom of the window. Draw a horizontal, level, straight line with a pencil across the door.

  2. 2

    Measure 2 inches to the left from the upper left corner of the window trim, and up to the pencil line. Make an X with your pencil. This is where the upper left rod bracket will be placed. Measure 2 inches to the right from the upper right corner of the window trim, and up to the pencil line. Draw an X with your pencil to indicate the position for the upper right rod bracket.

  3. 3

    Measure 2 inches to the left from the bottom left corner of the window trim and down to the pencil line. Make an X with your pencil to indicate where you will install the bottom left rod bracket. Measure 2 inches to the right from the bottom right corner of the window trim and down to the pencil line. Draw an X to indicate the position for the bottom right rod bracket.

  4. 4

    Install the rod brackets on the pencilled Xs with the screws provided in the sash rod packaging. Use a screwdriver or drill to insert the screws through the holes in the brackets. Sash rod brackets typically have a type of prong that is slid through a hole at the end of the sash bracket and clips the rod into position.

  5. 5

    Slide one sash rod through the top rod pocket on the curtain panel(s). Hold the rod up to the door and adjust the rod to the appropriate width by gently pulling on one end of the rod. Push the hole at each end of the sash rod onto the prong clip on the top rod brackets. When purchasing or making curtain panels for your door window, the curtain needs to be about 5 inches longer than the door's window and double the window's width.

  6. 6

    Arrange the curtain panel(s) so they are straight, and slide another sash rod through the rod pocket at the bottom of the panel(s). Adjust the sash rod width. Push the hole at the ends of the rod over the prong clip on the bottom rod brackets.

Tips and warnings

  • Another method of installing sash rods involves hanging the top sash rod with the curtain panel(s). Then use the bottom rod pocket of the hung curtains to determine where the bottom rod brackets should be installed.
  • Always make sure to drill or screw hardware at least 2 inches from the trim around the door glass panes to ensure that you don't break the glass or the window seal.

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