Hanging a Curtain Rod

Double Curtain Rod
As I mentioned in my Thank Goodness for Online Shopping postI am focusing on nurturing two of my spaces this year.
First, the family room. It has been a sad, bare place for the first year of living in this house. Prior to the baby, I added new couches, but really, that’s all the love that room has gotten from me. The walls are empty and the windows are dreadfully bare. I found this great idea to basket weave my curtains on Pinterest, the source of all fantastic ideas. So, while my mom was hard at work getting those ready for me (thanks, Mom!), I purchased this wonderfully affordable double curtain rod at Walmart. I gathered supplies, and it was time to get them up!

*Double curtain rods are used for hanging sheers under your curtains. They can add a two-dimensional look to the room and allow you to play with multiple color combinations.

Ready to hang that curtain rod? Here’s what you’ll need:
Hammer
Drill
Screwdriver (flat head or Phillips head, depending on the type of screws provided with the curtain rod)
Ladder
Level
Anchors and screws (these should be provided with your curtain rod)
Pen
Patience — every home project needs a little of that!

1) Decide how far out from the window you want the curtain rod to extend and how far above the window it should sit. This will affect the look of your curtain. Be sure that when the curtain length is appropriate for how high you are hanging the rod.

2) Hold the brackets in place, take your pen, and mark through the screw holes where you will need to drill.Drill bit size

3) Choose the appropriate drill bit size. Confirm you have the appropriate one by holding the bit next to the anchor for comparison. Tighten the bit into the drill, and you are ready to go!

4) Hold the drill perpendicular to the wall to make the hold as straight as possible. Now the fun part, drill!

Bracket

5) Hammer the anchors into the wall. Fasten the brackets to the wall with the provided screws using your screwdriver or electric screwdriver, if you are lucky enough to have one! You’ll want to make sure that the screws are secured tightly. You don’t want the rod falling on your head!

 

6) Depending on the length of the rod, you may have more than one connecting piece. Ensure that you have them correctly ordered (they usually come with some sort of numbering system) and insert them through the brackets. Attached the finials (end pieces), and you’re done!

Notes:

Each home improvement project comes with some snags. During this project, I learned that you cannot assume walls will be made up of either wood or drywall. Exterior walls next to the sliding glass door sometimes have a metal-type material that you cannot drill through. Also, you may run into an electrical conduit (no worries; you cannot penetrate these with a drill!). If you run into either of these problems, you have two options: 1) move the bracket over or 2) buy smaller anchors and screws to fit the short hole you’ll be able to drill. If you choose to move the bracket over and it doesn’t throw off the symmetry of your rod, knock on the walls to determine where the metal ends. You’ll hear a hollower knock when you reach an area made of material you can drill through.