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How to Install Curtain Rods

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Karen Parziale

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This article was co-authored by Karen Parziale and by wikiHow staff writer, Kyle Smith. Karen Parziale is a Home Stager, Home Organizer, and the Founder of The Real Estate Staging Studio based in Hoboken, New Jersey. Karen has over 15 years of home staging and decorating experience and has staged over 5,000 homes. She specializes in project management, space planning, material selections, and builder, architect, and client relationships. This article has been viewed 713,964 times.

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Before installing a new curtain rod, take some measurements to make sure you’re putting it in the right place. For instance, if you want to install floor-length curtains that are 96 inches (243.8 cm) long, you’ll need to put the rod 96 inches (243.8 cm) above the floor. You’ll also need to take into account how far you want the curtains to extend on either side of the window frame, since this will help you determine where to attach the brackets for the rod. If you’re installing a really wide curtain rod—for example, over a picture window—you might also want to add a middle support bracket halfway between the two main brackets. Make marks on the wall with a pencil where you want the brackets to go, then check that they’re even with a laser level. Once you’re satisfied that they’re lined up correctly, hold the brackets in place and insert a pencil into the screw holes to mark where the screws will go. Drill pilot holes into the wall or window casing at each spot where you will be putting in a screw. If you’re installing the brackets in drywall rather than in a wall stud, drive in screw anchors to ensure that the curtain rod stays securely in place. Line the brackets up over the pilot holes and screw them in. Insert the rod into the brackets and use a carpenter’s level to double check that it’s sitting correctly. If it’s not, you may need to adjust the placement of the brackets. Finally, remove the rod and hang your curtains on it, then replace the rod between the brackets. For tips on what kind of rods to use with different types of curtains, keep reading!

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