Pencil and Paper
Whether you are measuring the dimensions of your window opening for your new curtains, or you are making notes on where to place the brackets, it helps to have a pencil and paper. It can be tempting to just scratch down the measurements before they escape your mind, but take care to note what the measurements are for. Additionally, making a small pencil marking on the wall will help remind you where the brackets should be installed when you are ready to do so.
Curtain Rod and Brackets
It might seem like a no-brainer, but hanging curtains properly begins with having the right curtain rods and brackets. You will need at least three brackets to provide adequate support for the weight of the curtains and the rod. As a general rule of thumb, install one bracket at each outside corner of the window opening and another bracket at the centre of the window opening. If the distance between the middle and outer brackets is more than 3 feet, you may need additional brackets.
Screws and Screwdriver
In order to affix the curtain brackets to the wall, you will need high-quality screws and a screwdriver. Using an electric or cordless screwdriver can help save your arms and your wrists if you are hanging curtains in multiple rooms. While it is ideal to drill into a stud to have the most support for your new curtains, this may not always be possible depending on the location of your window. If you are worried about whether or not your drywall will support the weight of the curtains and their hardware, it is a good idea to have a few wall plugs on hand.
Tape Measure and Level
When you install new window treatments in your home, you want to ensure that they are square and level, even if your window opening is not. A tape measure is critical for obtaining accurate measurements of the length, width, and height of your window, as well as measuring for proper bracket placement. Likewise, having a good, long level on hand can also be beneficial. It can be difficult to tell if your measurements are square when you are only a few inches from the wall, and nothing is worse than stepping back to enjoy your new curtains only to see that they slant to one side.
Though it might seem like an obvious tool to have on hand, it can be easy to forget to grab a step stool or short ladder to help you install your new curtains. If you only have one set of curtains that you are installing and the top of your window opening is not very tall, you may be able to do without something to stand on. However, if you are installing multiple sets of curtains, your arms may quickly tire of reaching up for measuring and installing. A stable step stool is critical to your safety during this process, and it will make hanging curtains correctly quicker and easier than if you were to attempt the project without it.
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