How to Hang Curtains on a Pole

Updated February 21, 2017

Curtain poles come in a variety of materials and styles to match your home decor Though they are more expensive than plastic curtain tracks, many people find curtain poles more attractive and easier to install. Many curtains come with rings and grommets, tabs, or tunnels that easily slide onto curtain rods. With a bit of measuring and some common tools, you can hang curtains on a pole in less than an hour.

Measure and record the window's width. The curtain rod should be about 5 inches longer than the width of the window.

Measure and mark with a pencil or chalk 3 or 4 inches up from the top of the window. Measure from the left, right, and centre to ensure accurate measurements.

Measure and mark about 2 inches out from the left and right markings you made in Step 2. This marks the locations of the window rod brackets. Use a level to ensure the markings are even.

Measure from your bracket markings down to the window sill, to the bottom of the apron, or to the floor, depending on whether you want casual or formal curtains. Longer curtains are dressier and more formal.

Select a curtain rod that matches your window's width. Select curtains that fit the measurements you made, or cut and hem the bottoms to make them fit. To make things easier, select curtains that are made to fit on curtain rods. If your curtains come with rings, check the diameter of the rings to be certain they will easily side onto your curtain rod. If they won't, purchase larger rings.

Inspect your curtains to see how to place them on the rod. If the curtain has grommets at the top, slip a ring through each grommet, and slide the curtain onto the rod. If the curtain has tabs or a sewn "tunnel" at the top, slide the curtain rod through the tabs or tunnel. If the curtain is not adapted for use with rods, fold the appropriate amount of fabric from the top of the curtain over the back side of the curtain, and sew a tunnel for the rod to slide through.

Install the mounting brackets, one on each side of the window. Set brackets on the marks made in Step 3, and use a pencil or chalk to mark the location of the screws through the pre-drilled holes in the brackets. Drill pilot holes in the wall, and use the included screws or drywall anchors to secure the brackets.

Place the curtain rod and curtains over the brackets with the good side of the curtains toward you.

Things You'll Need

  • Measuring tape
  • Level
  • Curtain rings
  • Needle and thread
  • Drill
  • Drywall anchors
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