Most people think that perfectly hanging their curtains requires little more than a few minutes of time. It is not until they see their finished results that they understand how much work goes into setting up a fabulous window treatment. To hang your curtains in the correct manner, you need a steady hand, several tools of the trade and a good dash of patience. Curtain rods must be placed so that they are anchored in a straight line, and at just the right height above your windows to give a stunning visual effect. The following tips will aid you in hanging your curtains perfect, each and every time.
Preparing to Hang Your Curtain Rods
Before you can even think about making a mark, you have to be certain that you have all of the tools you’ll need to hang curtains. Whether you are replacing old curtain rods, or preparing to hang a chic set of curtains in your newly acquired pad, a ladder, measuring tape, pencils, stiff paper, magic markers and a level need to be on hand so that you can easily do the job correctly.
Make a note of how long your curtains are so that they hang gracefully, and do not come to rest on the ground. Be prepared to block out around one to two hours to hang a set of curtains and rods for the first time, adding on additional time if you will be hanging curtains and valances or layered drapes.
Measurements, Markings, Leveling and Drilling
A simple measuring tape will allow you to accurately measure and mark where you want your curtains to go. The most difficult part consists of ensuring that your markings are all level, so that your curtains hang at exactly the same height. You guarantee that your curtains hang evenly by utilizing a level, or by making a homemade measuring template. Use a piece of stiff paper and cut a three or four inch square off of the lower right-hand corner. Mark the sides of the paper in one inch increments, then use this tool to mark and measure exactly where you want to hang your curtains. Use a magic marker to draw an easily identifiable dot where you are going to drill a hole to anchor your curtain rods, and have all of the screws, anchors and nails you’ll need to secure your curtains.
Anchoring Your Curtain Rods and Framing Your Windows
Depending on what type of rods and anchors you are using, you might need a hammer, drill or both to get all of the hardware in place. Remember that long curtains look elegant when they’re hung a few inches from the ground, while shorter drapes should be hung at a reasonable distance from the bottom of the window sill. Curtains also tend to look best when they are hung a few inches beyond the perimeter of the entire window, so that they frame and envelope each window area completely.
Once you have hung a few sets of curtains and rods, you’ll naturally know when everything is in balance. Properly hung curtain rods makes changing panels, valances and looks fast and simple, enabling you to update your interior decorations at any time. Simply measure around the window, and double check that each hole lines up before you anchor a curtain rod and your window treatments will always come out looking spectacular.