Lifestyle Content // A DIY Guide to Hanging Curtains *

Hanging curtains seems like a somewhat intimidating job to start with, but it’s actually incredibly easy as it’s largely only the curtain pole that really needs fitting. Here’s a simple guide on hanging curtains so you can do the whole thing yourself in very little time…
Choose your weapon (curtains)
If you go into a home décor shop or check out a home interiors website then you’ll be greeted by all sorts of different types of curtain, and you need to decide which is right for you. You can choose from pencil pleat, tab top, chrome ring top, slot top, and more. You can then choose from the various different types of curtain fabric. Click here to see just some of the style available.
Ensure you get the right size of curtain
All too often, people have bought their curtains and trundled home with them/waited for them to arrive only to find that they’re totally the wrong size. Therefore, it’s always a good idea to check and double check all measurements to ensure you aren’t left red-faced when it comes to putting them up. If you’ve bought too big then you can potentially re-size them but if you’ve gone too small then you’ll have to return them.
Choose the curtain rods
There are three main types of curtain rod – return, classic and tension. Tension rods fit straight into the window frame and are better for curtains of a lighter weight, whereas you’re best off using one of the other two types if the curtains are more heavy duty.
Where to install the curtain rods
Your curtain rods need to be installed above the window so that they run across the top and stick out a few inches either side, ensuring that when the curtains are hung then cover the whole window. Around four inches above the window frame is a decent amount to attach the rods. Tension rods are slightly different in that they usually fit inside the window frame. If the tension rod needs to go through the curtain rings, then the curtain will need to be attached before you fit the rod.
Installing the rods
Ensure you have the relevant tools, including tape measure, spirit level, pencil, drills, screws and Rawlplugs. Mark on the wall with a pencil where you want the brackets to go, using a spirit level to ensure they’re at the same height. A laser spirit level will ensure a straight line. For windows over five metres in width, a third bracket should be fitted in the middle of the other two to provide more stability for the curtain rod. Drill your holes and fit the Rawlplugs before attaching the brackets. Double check the strength of the brackets and then you’re good to hang the curtains.
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