I am so tired and I’m not even done for the day. My mom and I are always like DIY tornadoes when we get together and this visit is no exception. Today, we got a new chandelier for the half bath (I loved the other one, but it was not bright enough) and we hung the bead board in there as well. That simple sentence doesn’t sound like a lot of work, but it was. Hauling sheets of bead board up and down the steps, making templates for wonky walls and keeping the kids entertained. It was a full day.
Now to the curtains. Realizing I was going to have to hang four curtain rods, I came up with a solution to hang them all at the same height and the same distance from the window. This process in the past has involved measuring up, measuring out, using a level, repeat. Sometimes it would involve drilling multiple holes when something didn’t work out. So, I took some time to figure out where I wanted the holes and I made a template.
I used a piece of raw chipboard, but cardboard or stiff card stock would do the job. I hung my curtains seven inches higher than the top of the window frame and nine inches wider. Hanging curtains high and wide (when ceiling height and space permit) make the window feel larger and it keeps the drapes from blocking too much of the light. My curtains hang over the window frame and a couple inches of the window. Using a square, I measured and cut out a three inch square to put over the window frame corner. I then measured seven inches up and nine inches out. Using the rod bracket, I marked out the screw holes with a pencil. Then, I turned the template 90 degrees to the right, measured seven inches up and traced the screws holes for the bracket. This template will be for the center bracket on long windows. I made a line straight under those marks to line up with the center of the window.
Here’s the template in action…
See the holes in the top left corner that are vertical? Those are for the corners of the window and the holes running horizontal are for the center bracket. I just turned the template 90 degrees to the right and lined it up with the center of the window.
I drilled holes through the template.
…and there we go. See the holes?
I then flipped the template over and used it on the other side of the window. I used this on all four windows and it made the process super easy.
This template was awesome, so I used it when hanging the drapes in my bedroom as well!
Here’s how the corner in my family room looks now…
(It doesn’t take much to make me happy.)
Say a prayer for my mom and I. We’re going to clean out the basement tonight. Send help if you don’t hear from me tomorrow.
If you’d like some more time-saving curtain ideas, check out a Shortcut to Hemming Curtains and How to Make Simple Lined Drapes with a $5 Walmart Twin Sheet and Discount Fabric.