How to Hang Curtains

Hanging curtains can be a simple task with the proper tools. Your most important task in this project is to hang your curtain rod or rods level. Nothing is more frustrating than looking at your newly hung curtains on an uneven curtain rod.

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  1. Purchase the curtains that best suit the aesthetic appeal of the room as well as fitting into your budget. Not all windows are nice to look at. Curtains and draperies can help hide those flaws, so choose wisely.
  2. Measure your window before buying your curtain rod. Windows are different sizes; even track houses built by the same builder and the same plan can have slight variations. Determine the rod or rods you will need and purchase them.
  3. Buy curtain rod or rods; keep in mind your budget because curtain rods have a wide range in pricing.
  4. Place pencil marks where you will need to drill for curtain rod holders. Make sure this is level. Place curtains on rod and hang them up.

Things You Will Need

  • Curtain
  • Level
  • Curtain rod
  • Drill
  • Phillips screwdriver
  • Ladder
  • Tape measure


  • Curtain rods should be 5 inches longer than your window to ensure total coverage.
  • By attaching rods just below the ceiling molding and hanging long curtains you can make short windows look longer.
  • Using horizontal fabric on a valance above draperies can make an awkwardly long window look wider.
  • For windows that are too wide use panels to break it up and not overpower the room.


  • Don't hang curtain by a stove; this is considered a fire hazard.

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