How to Hang Curtains Like a Professional

If you are planning to hang new curtains you will want them to look beautiful and professionally done. It’s easy to do yourself if you know the tricks of the trade. These instructions will carry you straight through the project and save you a ton of money.

If you are moving into a new home or redecorating and want to hang perfectly beautiful curtains. Shop around and check the many options you have to choose from. It’s all according to your taste and the styles you like best. With these directions you can hang your favorite curtains like a pro.

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Here are a few of the choices you may want to consider:

  • Panel curtains hang straight down next to the glass of the window.
  • Sash curtains cover the lower half of the window.
  • Draw curtains hang on pulleys to open and close.
  • Cafe curtains are two tiered, one for the top and one for the bottom half of the window.

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First of all you will want to measure the window to be sure of the correct fit.

  • Measure the inside width of the window frame.
  • Measure the length from top to bottom of the window.
  • Standard widths are; 25,” 48,” 72,” 96,” 120,” and 144″;
  • Standard lengths are; 36,” 45,” 54,” 63,”84,” and 90″

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You will need these supplies:

  • The curtains you have decided on
  • Rods for curtains (and valance if you choose)
  • Brackets(with hardware included)to hang the rods
  • Curtain rings or hooks, if necessary
  • Measuring tape
  • Screwdriver
  • Pencil
  • Decide where you want the curtain to fall (short, midway or on the floor)
  • Slip the curtain on the rod and hold the rod up so the curtain falls at the desired length.
  • Mark the placement of the rod on the wall with a pencil.
  • Hold the rod to the wall and mark the location for the brackets.
  • If you are using a valance, this rod will be placed over the curtain rod. Hold both the curtain and valance (on their rods) over the window and make marks on the wall indicating where the brackets should be placed.
  • Use a screwdriver to screw the brackets in place. You may need to make pilot holes; do this by tapping a nail slightly into the wall to begin the hole.
  • Slip the curtains and valances on their rods (or use rings or curtain hooks)making sure all seams face the back of the rod.
  • Hang the rods on the brackets. The curtain seams should be facing the window.
  • Spread the curtain across the rod so that gathers and pleats look even.

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If you have purchased a pouf valance, fill it with lightly crushed tissue paper to pouf it out.

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  1. I find these tips really helpful. I have never enjoyed hanging curtains. Good work.


  2. Great tips! Thanks for sharing.

  3. Very helpful advice. My mother always had dark heavy curtains in our house. I like sunlight and air. I have binds and lace curtains. I love it. I do however have pouf valance in a bedroom. I never thought about putting crushed tissue paper inside it. Thanks.

  4. Good article and tips Ruby. A n improvement over your last article nice.

  5. My girlfriend can hang curtains in half the time it takes me.

  6. I am a DIY/domestic nightmare, an article like this is so helpful for me, thanks so much Ruby. Great practical advice.

  7. Thanks for the tips Ruby. I can do it in the half the time my fiance can. I’m with Joe here, lol

  8. Very good tips! I never realized it took so much. I just make my spouse do it :-) Maybe I will try it next time.

  9. Wonderful advice Ruby as usual, excellent article

  10. great tips you got here..

  11. Very helpful and practical tips, Ruby.

  12. Would love to share this to my sis. Thanks.

  13. Ah Ruby this is done so well. I like it. E

  14. Great tips and step by step directions.

  15. Great directions.



  16. Great work! Thanx for sharing this great tips. Well done!

  17. Great work, thanks for these tips.

  18. So this is the way to hang the curtain! Great tips!

  19. Loved the part about measuring. Not my best area, you see.

  20. great tips… ill surely try this! thanks!

  21. Thank you everyone for your visit. Wish I could offer you tea and a piece of cake.

    I like sheers in our apartment windows because we only have windows on one side.We need the light but I have had heavier curtains to hang. One thing I need to add. Be sure you have something sturdy to stand on. You will have a lot of reaching to do and it’s easy to lose your balance.

  22. Good things to know.

  23. well that is some really got advise about curtains ill give it a go like the pros


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