Hanging curtains in your home can be a very challenging experience unless you have the right tools and knowledge to complete this process adequately. Thankfully, there are lots of things and options to consider when it comes to completing such a process. It all comes down to preparing yourself beforehand and making sure that you handle the experience with lots of focus and attention to detail.
What you have to realize with hanging normal or thermal curtains is that this is a rather demanding and unique process. If you have lots of curtains to hang this can take quite a bit of time, so you have to be prepared for some delays and other challenges that can or might appear along the way. Which is why we recommend you to acquire all the tools and materials beforehand. Getting more material that needed can help because you will have some extra in case you need repairs or anything like that.
What tools and materials you need for hanging curtains?
First, you will need the curtains, curtain rods and hardware. You will also need a ladder, tape measure, pencil as well as level, drill and drill bit, safety glasses, a stud finder, wall anchors if necessary and an iron. These are normally the right tools you require for such a process, so just keep that in mind and you will be more than ok for the most part with it.
Measure your windows
You need to make sure that you measure your windows in order to acquire the right rods and curtains. You will have to measure the width if your window and add in around 8-12 inches to find the rod length. One thing to notice is that every curtain panel needs to be as wide as your window in order for everything to work exactly the way you want. Measure from where you want to add the rod to the floor as that will give you the length of the curtain. Of course, you can feel free to add some more length if you want the drapes to pool a little bit.
Finding the right place to add the brackets will require you to use a pencil. Make sure that you keep the brackets at around 4-6 inches from the window frame side. Pencil marks will help you drill in the right place. But it’s a good idea to double check everything and ensure that the process works exactly the way you want, otherwise there are bound to be some problems. After you drill the holes you want to screw the brackets to the wall.
Installing curtains and rods
One thing to note is that if the curtains are just brought out of their package, you have to steam or iron them. The reason why you want to do that is because it will help elliminate stuff like wrinkles and creases a lot better than ever before. Make sure that you remove all the finials from the curtain rod, try to thread the curtain onto the rod.
Based on what bracket types you have, you might be required to place the rod in the bracket before adding in the finial. Some brackets also have screws that will keep this rod in place. If that happens, you have to tighten them once you install the rod. And that’s it, you will be good to go for the most part. This process is not extremely difficult, but it can require a bit of attention to detail and focus as you try to complete it. As long as you have the right amount of patience you will be just fine. Just avoid rushing it and it will be ok.Tips and tricks
- If you have a small room without a high ceiling, you can try to fake that. And the way you do it is by hanging the curtains close to the ceiling. This type of approach will give you an illusion that the room is higher, even if it’s not.
- You never want to have very short curtains. If you are in doubt, then it’s always a very good idea to go longer with your curtains. After all, you can cut them down a bit to adjust and adapt. But if they are too short, there’s nothing you can do aside from maybe getting new ones. So you really have to tackle this correctly and you will be fine.
- Select a good fabric that suits your needs. Ideally you want the fabric to match your room. Linens are bringing in more light and they are better for a casual room like the living room. Velvet and other heavier fabrics will bring in privacy, as they block light. People that live in a cold climate will want heavier window treatments too.
- It’s always a good idea to try and coordinate the room, hardware and curtains so everything works exactly the way you want. There can be some color combinations that work great and others less so. Which is why you want to coordinate everything and bring in either the same coloring or complacent colors if possible.
- Some people separate the panels to bring in a very distinctive set of visuals. It can work quite nicely if you check it correctly, and the results will be second to none all the time. Where you choose to place the panels is up to you, but try to make it as visually pleasing as possible.
- Hiding the hardware is a new idea that a low of people like. It’s certainly not the best thing out there, but it does work quite nicely if you tackle it correctly.
We encourage you to use these tips and you will have no problem hanging curtains the right way. It can be a good idea to experiment with colors and shades, but that’s up to you. Ideally you want to make sure that you hang them correctly to avoid any potential problems. Rest assured that great curtains will always bring in visual appeal, so try to consider that!