How to Install a Window Curtain Rod Part 1 How to Install a Window Curtain Rod Part 1

What You'll Need
Curtains
Pencil
Brackets
Bracket Screws
Level
Measuring Tape
Screwdriver
Drill
Safety Glasses
Ladder
Curtain Rod

Installing a window curtain rod is the first step to dressing up the look of your room. This can make a huge impact on your space by giving the architecture of your window a completely new look. Curtains also can keep too much sun and glare out of the room while protecting your furniture and floors from the UV light that can cause harm, as well as even helping with soundproofing and temperature control. Before you can dress up your room with curtains, you must make sure that you properly install rods and brackets for your window coverings. This is a moderately easy task and should take less than an hour to complete per window, depending on its width.

Step 1 – Determine Bracket Mounting Surface

If you plan on hanging your curtains on a rod that will hang outside of your window recess, you need to determine if you are attaching the brackets into a stud or a nail block behind the wallboard. If not, you will need to use hollow wall anchors.

Step 2 – Position the Brackets

If the top of your window is higher than you can reach standing, you may have to use a ladder. Be sure that your ladder is stable and secure. Based on your personal preference, your brackets should be placed between 3 and 6 inches away from the edge of the window on each side. This ensures that your curtains will cover your windows completely.

Use a measuring tape and pencil to mark out the placement for the top of the brackets and the position of the bracket holes. Verify that the brackets are even with a level.

Step 3 – Drill Pilot Holes

Put on your safety glasses. Use your drill to make a shallow hole that will help you start screwing in your bracket screws, based on your pencil markings from Step 2.

Step 4 – Attach the Brackets

Insert the screws for the bracket provided by the manufacturer. Screw them into place in the wall.

Step 5 – Choosing Your Curtain Rod

Once you have your brackets in place, you can purchase a curtain rod that fits approximately within the distance. Metal rods can be extended, and wooden rods can be cut to size at a home improvement store, you can use a table saw to cut it on your own. Be sure to wear safety glasses when using power tools.

Step 6 – Installing Your Curtain Rod

You are now ready to threat your curtain rod through one support bracket. Place your curtain rod through both brackets to achieve the desired location. The rod should be centered between the two brackets. Tighten the screws that rest against the curtain rod on the bracket to secure one side.

You are now ready to move on to Part 2 of the installation process.

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