How to hang a curtain pole
- Adding curtains to any room in your home not only provides you with additional privacy, but also compliments your room's aesthetic with colour and warmth.
- Hanging a curtain pole is an easy task anyone can do with the correct know-how and tools for the job.
Planning and preparation
- Depending on the type of wall you have, we recommend using an SDS power drill to ensure you’re drilling far enough into a solid wall to avoid any stability issues.
- A regular power drill with a masonry bit will also get the job done.
- If you’re drilling into a solid wall (brick, concrete, or stone), you'll need a masonry drill bit. Or if you’re drilling into any other wall, a standard combination drill with a wall drill bit will work too.
- Some curtain attachments may vary.
- Always make sure that your power tools are unplugged while you’re setting them up or changing accessories, to ensure your safety.
- Keeping the plug in-sight acts as a visual reminder to prevent accidents and hazards.
- For extra safety when using power tools and painting, be sure to wear protective equipment, including your ear defenders, goggles and a dust mask.
Firstly, clear the area of furniture, rugs, and other decorations around your chosen window to create a safe space to work in.
If you’re using heavy curtains or have a larger window, you may need to add a central bracket to support the weight. to do this measure the length of your window and find the halfway point then use a level to mark a point at the desired height (A minimum of 50mm) above the window.
Now, use a tape measure to measure a minimum of 50mm above your window frame, along with a minimum 50mm marking from the edge of your window frame on each side. If you have a wider window or are using thicker curtains you may need to mark a wider measurement to compensate for the width of the gather or add additional height to your marking above the window to account for the curtain drop.
Use a spirit level to ensure your next markings are straight and draw a vertical line above your width marking and a horizontal line from your height marking this should create a cross where the bracket will sit.
If your spirit level is long enough, you can now check your markings are even by using the spirit level.
If your window is high up, you can use a step ladder to bring you to a safe level with where you’re drilling.
We’re using an SDS + drill in a rotary and hammer setting with a 6mm wide drill bit attached. If you’re drilling into a solid wall (brick, concrete, or stone), you'll need a masonry drill bit.
Or if you’re drilling into any other wall, a standard combination drill with a wall drill bit will work fine.
Make sure the drill bit you’re using matches the size of your wall plugs for the brackets.
Put on your protective glasses and gloves before using your drill.
Top tip: We recommend lining the wall plug up on the top of the drill bit, then marking the end of the plug with masking tape on the drill bit. This will show you how deep you need to drill into your walls.
Now it’s time to do some drilling. Take your SDS drill or regular power drill with the corresponding drill bit attached. Drill into the crossed marks on both sides of your window frame.
Once you’ve drilled your holes, push the wall plugs in and use a Philips screwdriver to loosely turn the screws into the plug. Then hang the bracket onto these.
Place your spirit level above each bracket to ensure they’re level before you continue to screw the brackets tightly in place.
You can now get your chosen curtains and curtain pole ready for installation.
Use the included Allen key to turn the screw holding the finial loose enough to remove it from the pole.
Then, feed the curtain pole through the curtain holes to attach your curtains and re-attach the finial.
Loosen the screws on the brackets to allow the pole to sit properly in the bracket.
Now lift the curtain pole with the curtains attached towards the brackets and rest it on the bracket hooks.
When hooking the curtain pole to the brackets, bring the end of each curtain towards the finial, so one hole hangs to the other side of the bracket. If you’re using heavy curtains or have a larger window, you may want to add another 2 holes of gather to the end to minimize light leakage.
Finally, turn the bracket screws to lock the curtain pole into place and you’re all done.