How to Hang Full Length Curtains

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How to Hang Full Length Curtains
A curtain wall can be installed at the ceiling and hidden by a decorative cornice. (Jupiterimages/ Images)

Full length curtains are becoming more common as people install larger floor-to-ceiling windows in their homes. This style of curtain hangs from the ceiling to the floor, usually with a track system-hidden mount, with the optional addition of a cornice. As an upgrade, motor-operated curtain track systems move the curtain along the track. This is a good idea for heavy curtains and very tall windows. Hanging this style of curtain is not difficult.

Skill level:
Moderately Easy

Things you need

  • Tape measure
  • Curtain track
  • Curtain track joiners
  • Hacksaw
  • Saw box
  • Stud finder
  • Caps
  • Curtain track brackets
  • Screws
  • Screwdriver

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  1. 1

    Measure the length of the ceiling where you plan to install the curtain track. Subtract 2 inches from this measurement. Allow for the addition of curtain track joiners when during curtain track assembly if the measurement is longer than a single section of track.

  2. 2

    Cut the curtain track to length using a hacksaw and saw box. Assemble the sections of track and joiners.

  3. 3

    Move a stud finder along the ceiling to locate the direction of the ceiling joists. If the joists are parallel with the wall and too far away from the wall, then install suitable ceiling anchors to hold the track in place. The type of anchor necessary depends on your ceiling type and strength. The ceiling track manufacturer often recommends specific types of anchors.

  4. 4

    Locate ceiling joists that are perpendicular to the wall and mark each joist location at the distance from the wall where you want to install the track. Draw a line parallel with the wall with each joist location marked on the line.

  5. 5

    Install curtain track brackets directly into the joist by screwing through the bracket using a screwdriver. Attach a bracket every 4 feet or less.

  6. 6

    Cap one end of the track with the cap provided in the kit. Attach the track to the ceiling brackets. Some systems require you to mount the track and bracket at the same time, so follow the recommendations of your system.

  7. 7

    Insert eye slides into the curtain track's open end. Add a slide for each drapery hook. If your drape is pleated you will need one hook for the end of the drape and one hook for each pleat. Systems with motors will use fewer slides as some of the drapery hooks will attach to the moving mechanism. Attach the remaining end cap.

  8. 8

    Position drapery hooks to the back side of the curtains so that the top of the hook is even with the eye part of the slide. This is often an inch or lower than the ceiling or an inch lower than the top edge of the drape. Insert the hook into the slides.

Tips and warnings

  • Consider adding a drapery pull rod to help guide the drapes along the track.

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