Many new homes and apartments do not come equipped with curtain rods. For those persons who wish to only use blinds in the home, this is acceptable. But for those who want to hang curtains, hanging a curtain rod or two is a requirement.
You will need:
Step 1: Decide if you want to hang the curtain rods on the wall or on the window casing. If the rod will not be attached to the casing, nailing block or stud, hollow wall anchors will be needed. Generally around windows, a nailing block is placed behind the wallboard for such instances and can be heard by knocking on the wall around the window casing. The sound will be hollow if there are no such materials behind the wall.
Step 2: Hold the rod up to the window casing or wall to find the correct height. It is important to put the brackets about 3 inches away from the edge of the window so the curtains extend past the casing if you are hanging them on the wall and not the window casing. This however, is based on your preferences for appearance.
Step 3: Mark the placement for the brackets as well as the position of the holes in the brackets on the wall or casing using a pencil. It is best to use the level with a tape measure to do this, but some people rely on “eyeballing” the appearance. Measure from the top of the window casing to the edge of the bracket area on both sides to ensure correct width apart. Measure from the top of the window casing to the bottom of each bracket to ensure they are the same height. Drill small shallow holes in these marks to help you start the screws. Insert the screws or anchors through the bracket and then attach them to the wall. Do this for both sides of the window.
Step 4: Place the rod into the brackets and check for levelness by placing the level on the top of the rod. If the bubble on the level sits to the left of center, the left side of your brackets is lower than the right side. If the bubble sits to the right side of center, the right side needs to be higher. If the bubble on the level sits dead center, your job is complete.