Step Stool or Ladder
Level (at least 2 feet long)
Drywall Anchors – Only needed if the rod brackets are not aligned with a stud
Step 1 Determine and Mark the bracket location
To install the curtain rod, I like to first hold up my curtains against the wall to determine how many inches I want the curtain to sit above my window and also how many inches I want the curtain will rest outside the window frame. Extend your curtain rod 2-3 inches beyond the frame to give a traditional look allowing the curtains to partially cover the window when open. For a standard look hang the rod 6 inches above the window frame. Or use extra-long curtains and hang the rod near the ceiling to make the room appear taller. The choice is yours. Once the curtain and rod are positioned where I want it, I then measure and mark the bracket locations on the wall with a pencil. Use a level to line up the pencil markings so that the rod hangs evenly.
Before you proceed it’s a good idea to double-check the placement by temporarily hanging the rod on the brackets and checking the rod with a level.
Step 2 Drill a pilot holes
You can use a stud finder to determine if your marks are lined up with a stud. If your marks are not lined up with studs, install wall anchors. Make sure the anchors you choose are rated for the weight of the curtains and rod. Drill a pilot hole and install the anchor. The reason you drill a pilot hole is so that the plaster or sheet rock will not crack. If you need to install drywall anchors you will want to slightly widen your pilot hole with a larger drill bit to accommodate the drywall anchors.
Next set the bracket and drive in the screws with your portable drill. If the bracket rotates or wiggles, adjust the screws to make a tighter hold. Curtain rods wider than four feet will need a center support.
Step 3 – Screw in the set screws
Take the curtain rod finials off and install the rod. Hang the curtains according to instructions for your rod and window treatment. Tighten the set screws and then install the finials at the end of each rod.
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