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How to Hang Curtains: The Basics

Does your home have windows? Then you’ll want to know how to hang curtains. This wisdom is useful considering that window coverings serve so many different purposes. They can block out light, letting your little ones rest easier. They provide a layer of privacy from the outside world, making your space all your own. And they can be a way to dress up an ordinary window, bringing a bit of your personality to plain panes. Here’s a basic overview on how to hang curtains.


This is the very first step when you want to learn how to hang curtains. Don’t wing it; measure your windows and make note of how long your curtain rods and window treatments should be.

Grab the Iron

An often overlooked point on how to hang curtains is ironing them. Get out those wrinkles. Wrinkled curtains look sloppy and can detract from your room’s aesthetic appeal. Iron your curtains (or steam them) before you hang them.

Remember the Hardware

All eyes are on the window treatments, but don’t forget the hardware when it comes time to dress up your windows. Be mindful of the weight of the curtains. You may need additional hardware or an extra rod for support. Also, keep in mind whether or not you want tie backs.

Think Big

Here’s a tip to make your room look larger: Hang your curtains at ceiling level. Many homeowners automatically position the curtain rod directly above the window, but by bringing it up higher, you create the illusion of a bigger room. Make sure your panels are long enough, as well. Ideally, they should touch the floor. You can always get them hemmed if they end up being too long.

Hang Up Your Curtains

Always remember to hang your curtains according to the rod’s and window treatment’s specific instructions. You can slide some curtains directly on to the rod, and with others, you’ll need hooks or fasteners to attach them to the rod. 

If you’re just not feeling handy enough to hang your curtains or drapes, you can always call in the pros. The services of a handyman can range from $60 to $100 per hour. It takes about 20 minutes per window for a rod with basic brackets, and 45 minutes for a track rod. Want more? Watch this helpful how-to video from Pottery Barn.

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