How to Make an Arched Curtain Rod

Arched windows stand out in a home. Whether for privacy, to filter light or to add a decorative element, window treatments are sometimes needed. Avoid installing traditional, straight curtain rods, as the curtains will conceal the arched windows. Instead, maintain and accent the shape of the windows with curved curtain rods made out of flexible tracks. Made with a combination of bendable steel and vinyl, adjust flexible tracks to fit arched windows of any size and shape.

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  1. Measure the length of the window arches to determine the necessary rod lengths.
  2. Cut the flexible tracks to the determined lengths, using a hacksaw. Place the end cap over the cut end.
  3. Place pencil marks at the bottom centers of the window side jambs, where the ends of the curtain rods will sit.
  4. Drill pilot holes at the marks, using a drill bit with a diameter slightly smaller than the threads of the curtain track mounting bracket screws.
  5. Drill pilot holes and screw additional, evenly spaced brackets, as recommended by the track manufacturer.
  6. Snap the ends of tracks into the first brackets. Bend the tracks to the shape of the arches, snapping them into the subsequent brackets along the way until reaching the last brackets.
  7. Snap the curtain hooks onto the tracks.

Things You Will Need

  • Tape measure
  • Flexible curtain tracks
  • Hacksaw
  • Pencil
  • Drill

About the Author

Mason Howard is an artist and writer in Minneapolis. Howard's work has been published in the "Creative Quarterly Journal of Art & Design" and "New American Paintings." He has also written for art exhibition catalogs and publications. Howard's recent writing includes covering popular culture, home improvement, cooking, health and fitness. He received his Master of Fine Arts from the University of Minnesota.