Finishing Touches FOR WINDOWS & WALLS
Fix stuck windows or broken hardware, then dress them up with new rods. Transform walls with fauxpainting techniques.
Hang a Curtain Rod
Consider rod placement and the effect you’re looking for. Going 6" to 8" above the header makes windows (and the room) look taller; curtains hung 3" to 6" wider than the window (outside the trim) means more light will come in when the curtains are pulled back. The standard outside mount—2" to 3" wider than the window frame and 4" above it— often looks best. Consider curtain length when placing the rod: Café curtains should fall to the sill or 1" to 4" below sill or apron; floor-length curtains end ½" from the floor; puddled curtains are hemmed 1" to 3" longer than the rod-to-floor length. Measure and mark the placement for the brackets and check for level. Try to line up the marks with studs, or use wall anchors. Hold brackets in place and drill in the screws. Remove finials and insert the rod; some also have a screw underneath the bracket, so slide curtain on the rod before attaching those screws. Attach end finials.