Curtain Rod Basics
Whether you have just moved, are finishing some renovations or just want a change of scenery, it can be hard to find the best curtain rods for your windows.
Most designers recommend a curtain rod which is 15-30 cm (6-12") wider than your window, if space permits. This allows your curtains to be opened fully and it may appear as though your window is larger than it is when the curtains are drawn closed. We carry a wide selection of rods, from 71 cm (28”) to 305 cm (120”) to ensure all windows can have some added style.
If you have your heart set on a certain curtain rod or if you have an extra wide window, consider adding an extension kit to achieve the perfect width.
Tip: For longer rods and heavier curtains, ensure it has enough support by adding one or two middle brackets.
Single vs double curtain rod brackets
Single curtain rod brackets allow you to hang one type of curtain at a time and will provide privacy and light reduction when the curtains are drawn closed.
On the other hand, double curtain rod brackets allow for two types of curtains to be hung at once – commonly a sheer curtain closest to the window and a heavier weight curtain on the other rod. This increases privacy during the day with the heavier curtain open while still letting light in through the sheer curtain. These brackets are recommended for windows facing high-traffic areas, such as ground floor windows at the front of houses.
The third alternative is using curtain rod without any brackets. Tension rods are a budget friendly and easy solution if you don’t have enough wall space to mount a curtain rod kit outside of your window frame. Tension rods stay in place by applying pressure to the window frame, without having to drill any holes, which is ideal for renters. This type of curtain rod is best suited for light weight and medium weight curtain panels.
When selecting your ideal curtain rod, don’t forget to consider your options for curtain rings and hooks. Rings help you create a classic look with a pinch pleat. Install the hooks into the pinch pleat backing and hook into the ring. Rings move smoothly along the curtain rod.
Tip: It’s a good practice to match the colour of the rings to that of the rod, however if you can’t do that, remember that black goes with everything.
Another useful item is a curtain holdback, they help keep your curtains drawn open with style by creating a swoop of fabric for a more dramatic look, while also being easily covered whenever you prefer. They are usually installed into the wall on the side of the window, about two-thirds down the length of the fabric.
Installing curtain rods with brackets
Step 0: Get the tools you’ll need: pencil, measuring tape, level & power drill or screwdriver.
Step 1: Measure 8-15 cm (3-6") from the side of your window frame based on how much of the window you want to show when your curtains are open.
Step 2: Go 10 cm (4") above the frame for a more tailored look, or 25 cm (10") to make the room feel larger.
Step 3: Check bracket placement by holding up the rod and laying a level across the top.
Step 4: Drill pilot holes at your marked locations. If you don't meet resistance, you're probably not on a stud; use drywall anchors to keep your brackets secure.
Step 5: Screw your brackets into your pilot holes. For longer curtain rods or heavy curtains, use a center bracket for extra support.
Step 6: Connect the rod together and slide it into the curtain or rings, then attach caps/finials (if any).
Step 7: Place curtain rod onto brackets, tighten thumb screws, and enjoy your new curtain rods and drapery!
Tip: When installing any kind of window hardware, make a template from scrap cardboard or paper to ensure quick and easy equal spacing and symmetry on both sides of your windows.
If you need help deciding what kind of curtain is best for you, take a look at our curtain buying guide.
Frake, D. The Do’s and Don’ts of Hanging Curtains. Apartment Therapy.
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