How to Install Curtain Rod Brackets into Drywall

What You'll Need
Electric drill
Drill bit for a Phillips head
Electronic stud finder
Tape measure
Laser Level
Traverse rod
Drapery hooks

Properly installing curtain rod brackets is an important step in assuring your curtains will hang correctly and provide the interior design look you are seeking. There are primarily two types of rods are which will be placed in curtain rod brackets: simple, non-mechanical rods and traverse rods with cord control which requires curtains to be hung via drapery hooks. It is important to note that the heavier the fabric; e.g. longer drapes made of heavier material, the more important it becomes to have your curtain rods more securely fastened in the drywall.

Step 1 – Locating the Studs

The first step in the process to install curtain rod brackets is to locate the studs that have been used to frame either the window or the door that needs to be covered with the curtain. This can be done via an electronic stud finder. You also need to mark the boundaries that have been defined with the stud finder accurately, since measurement is of prime importance here.

Step 2 – Drilling the First Rod Bracket

Take one of the rod brackets and place it against the wall in the area that has been marked with the stud finder; mark the final position of the bracket. Using an electric drill that has a Philips drill bit, screw the bracket to the wall.

Step 3 – Drilling the Second Rod Bracket

Using the tape measure, note the position on the first bracket with reference to the door or window, and use the same to drill the second bracket with the electric drill on the other side of the wall at the corresponding height. You must be very careful at this step, as even an inch of difference can spoil the overall appearance. A laser level can help you choose the right location to screw in the second bracket. 

Moisten the laser level suction cup and stick it on the wall next to the first bracket; shine the laser light across the wall and adjust until the line is level. Mark the location of the second bracket at the height indicated by the laser line. Make sure it is at the correct width as previously indicated by the stud finder.

Step 4 – The Middle Bracket

This step is for installing a third bracket for better support to the curtain rod. This is needed especially in case of heavier curtains, as the rod might snap if you use bulky curtains regularly. To install a third supporting bracket, measure the distance between the first two brackets, and divide it in half. Mark this spot, and use an electric stud finder to locate a stud in this region. Drill another rod bracket at this very place. Use the laser level to make sure that the bracket is in line with the other two.

Step 5 – Insertion of the Rod

The traverse rod needs to be slid into the brackets until a ‘click’ sound is made. The pull cord should be allowed to hang down. The curtains need to be hung on the rod starting with the master carrier at the middle, with drapery hooks inserted in the pleated areas of the curtains.

Hanging curtain rod brackets in drywall is not typically a difficult job; it can, however, be made complicated if you do not take accurate measurements, find the studs and make sure that you drill holes in places that assure the rod will be level.