Curtain holdback installation

A curtain holdback is a curved arm that is used to hold curtains at the side of a window. Typically, the holdback is made of metal and designed to complement the decor of the room. Traditional holdbacks feature motif designs such as fleur-de-lis, stars, knobs or arrowhead shapes. More decorative holdbacks may have curls, flowers and more intricate designs. It is not difficult to install a holdback.

Measure the distance from the curtain rod to the floor. Divide this by three. Measure the distance from the edge of the window casing to the curtain rod bracket.

Measure up from the floor to one third the height of the curtain. Measure away from the edge of the window casing equal to the distance to the location of the curtain rod bracket. This is the approximate location of the holdback.

Position the holdback with the hook toward the window. Look to see if the holdback hits the window trim. If it does, move the holdback away from the window until the mounting area of the holdback is flat against the wall surface.

Mark the location of the mounting holes on the wall with a pencil. Screw through the mounting holes using the screws provided with the holdback. If you do not encounter a stud, unscrew the screw. Insert a wall anchor into the hole. Insert a second anchor into the other marked hole. Place the holdback back over the anchors and screw the holdback to the wall. Repeat for the other side of the window.


Holdbacks can be used at the top of windows to hold window scarves and swags. Mount the holdback angled away from the corner of the window for a creative look.

Things You'll Need

  • Tape measure
  • Pencil
  • Screws
  • Holdback
  • Screwdriver
  • Wall anchors
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