Easy ways to hang curtains on curved windows

Updated February 21, 2017

Curved or arched windows provide visual and decorative variety in a room. Hanging a curtain in a curved window requires finding the right curved rod and hardware for the job. Manufacturers have heard the call of thousands of decorators and homeowners and created products that provide a solution. There are easy ways to hang a curtain on a curved window. Try a more modern, innovative approach when traditional drapery treatments do not fit the decor.

Flexible Rods

Install a flexible curtain rod kit with a plastic rod that bends to the shape of the window. Begin by measuring the window shape---measure the curve and then each side leg of an eyebrow window, measure the circumference of a circle or oval shape and measure just the rounded portion of an arched or quarter-circle window. Order the kit according to the rod size it provides compared to the measurement taken. Cut the rod to the correct length if the purchase length is too long with a handheld saw. Purchase two kits and splice the flexible rods together for larger lengths. Kits include mounting clips, splicing attachment and the rod and can be found through drapery supply houses and some fabric stores. Rods loaded with the drapery treatment snap into the frame using the mounting clips provided in the kit.

Rods For Arches

Install curtains in curved or arched windows using a kit designed specifically for this purpose. Measure the length of the arch or curve being accommodated. Purchase a kit to fit this measurement. Kits usually come in several adjustable sizes for arched or curved window styles. The metal or plastic rods come pre-shaped and adjust to the length of the shape. They can be found in a white finish and a crystal or clear finish. Install the brackets as directed by the manufacturer. Place the rod into the frame to adjust its length. Remove the rod, load with the drapery treatment and make the final installation.

Modern Curtain Hooks

Install a series of hooks across the arch or curve from which to hang the curtains. Look for a hook that fits the decor---floor-mounted door stops, rigid door stops or decorative wall hooks all would work. Mount the hooks at regular 8 to 12-inch intervals by placing grommets or appropriately sized buttonholes across the top of the drapery in an interval slightly larger than the hooks are placed. This will give a fold to the hanging fabric. Add a tieback or holdback to open and close the curtains as desired. Find the best measurements for the hook placement by using drawing pins (use tacks with some length to the head) in place of the hooks---the holes are not easily noticed or can be covered with a dab of wall paint. Use muslin or another inexpensive, lightweight fabric to discover the best placement for the grommets. Cut holes across the top of the test fabric at a chosen interval and place the fabric over the thumbtacks to view the folds the interval creates. Apply these measurements when installing the hooks and hanging the curtains.

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