Hanging Curtains Made Simple
by Marian Parsons (Miss Mustard Seed)
Last summer I worked on giving my family room a new look. I braved through painting the vaulted ceilings, patching holes in the drywall and upholstering a day bed, but I stalled when it came to hanging the curtain panels I made for the room. Hanging curtain rods for me has always involved measuring up, measuring out, using a level, repeat. It’s tedious and frustrating, especially when it would involve drilling multiple holes when something didn’t work out. I finally had an idea to making this task easier. I took some time to figure out where I wanted to hang the curtain rods 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. 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. No more need to stall when it comes to hanging curtain rods!
Marian Parsons (Miss Mustard Seed) is the author of the DIY/Home décor blog www.missmustardseed.com. She currently lives in Pennsylvania with her husband, two sons, and a parade of painted furniture.