how to hang a curtain rod | made simple

by | Nov 13, 2011 | Decorating, home improvement, My House, Popular, Secret Weapons, Tips and Tricks, Tutorials | 125 comments

When I realized I was going to have to hang four curtain rods in the family room, I came up with a solution on how to hang curtain a curtain rod to make sure they are all hung 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.

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Here’s the template in action…

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 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.

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I drilled holes through the template.

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 …and there we go.  See the holes?

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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.

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This template was awesome, so I used it when hanging the drapes in my master bedroom as well!

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 Here’s how the corner in my family room looks now…

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 (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.

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  1. Laura Faye

    I saw this on pinterest and had to come over and thank you! We just hung curtains on four windows in an open plan space where they needed to look cohesive and it was so easy!

  2. Mary

    So clever!!!

  3. Nima

    Love the idea of the template, used it to hang curtains for our arched bathroom entry and it took half the time 😀

  4. Bhagwant

    Nice article and thanks for the template idea

  5. Victoria

    You have saved my relationship with my curtain-hanging frustrated son-in-law. This is a huge help. I detest needless holes in my walls. Thank you!

  6. Ernestine Sitkiewicz

    Fantastic tip. A template is a great idea. I have used that idea with installing cabinet pulls, but didn’t think to use it hanging drapery rods. Here’s a tip from me regarding using pronouns. You said,
    Say a prayer for my mom and I.” Would you say, “Say a prayer for I.” I don’t think so. It’s easy to determine whether to use “I” or “me.” Just run the sentence in your head without the “and.” If it sounds strange, you’re probably using the wrong pronoun.

  7. Lex

    Where are your drapes from? They hang so nicely! Thank you!

  8. Rick S

    great idea and time saver. I make templates for everything from cup hooks under my kitchen cabinets, clothes hooks in bedroom closets/clothes rod brackets , and holes for shelf brackets.
    It is so much easier to get the spacing worked out on a piece of fiberboard or Luan. I label my templates and put them on top shelf in my workshop. They tend to get used again

  9. Lori

    You are officially the Queen of Curtain Rod Hanging and Marriage Saving. So smart, seriously, thank you.

  10. Mariela

    Where did you get the white curtains??

  11. Cyndy

    Thank You. I tried your method of hanging a curtain rod and it was perfect! Clever girl 🙂

  12. ann

    I notice that you did not extend your curtain rod past the bracket and did not position a ring between finial and bracket. Is that working OK? I just put my rods up and then read some websites that say a ring should hang between finial and bracket, but I don’t want to extend my curtain rod. Thanks.

  13. Erin Miller

    Thank you, thank you, thank you. This made this process truly simple and I was able to enjoy helping my daughter.
    One note, I assumed that all my windows were the same height from the ceiling….. they are not. So do take a moment to determine that before proceeding.

  14. trish

    to the poster who commented about pronouns…….my eyes about rolled out of my head.
    great tip

  15. Michelle

    I have two windows one is 5 inches from the ceiling the other is 12 inches from the ceiling. Where would I hang the curtain rods?

  16. Sally

    I must say this tutorial is BRILLIANT!! I have always been a “diy”er. But hanging curtains has always given me fits. One quick search on Pinterest and viola! Miss Mstard Seed had my answer. Thank you for such common sense instructions

  17. Roy Rogers

    Wow, this idea is so cool. Recently I am moving my house and this is definitely helping me doing myself. Thanks for sharing this idea. Have a wonderful day.



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