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The Easy Way To Hang Your Curtains

I have a confession: when we first moved into the house almost a month ago. I had no clue what I wanted as far as decor and design goes. I know, I know. A DIY blogger not knowing what kind of style she likes!? What!?! Well, it’s true. I have always tried to make the decor of our home work within the confines of where we live. And for the past several years that has been apartments. Boring, beige, standard apartments. So when we moved in to the new house where I could do anything I wanted, I was in a big of a decor shock. What do I want!? I had/have no clue. I didn’t want to be super trendy for fear of hating it in 2 years! So I was afraid to commit to anything {with the exception of paint, I knew I loved gray.. but apparently I didn’t know what shade of gray I loved} and that included curtains.

The Easy Way To Hang Your Curtains

As many people will tell you when you move, you should always make sure you have bedding and bathing supplies available immediately. Most people also tell you to have curtains immediately. I didn’t. I was afraid to commit! I didn’t buy them until we had lived in our home for a week. We would sit in the living room at night to veg and watch a little TV. Suddenly, I knew what it felt like to be on reality TV. Dark night, lights on in the house, and no curtains? Yup, everyone could see our every move. I started calling it the “Fishbowl Effect”. I was imagining all kinds of creepy pervs lining up to stand outside our house. Eww. It was awful.

So my mom and I skipped off to Ikea and bought some beautiful Rivta curtains that are nice and super long! We also bought a nice and long curtain rod. I don’t love extendable rods because they always seem to sag in the middle, but this one was long enough to fit over the window without extending. SCORE! And then the dreaded chore… hanging the curtains. I almost always ended up with multiple holes in the walls. So instead, I figured out the easy way to hang your curtains! And because I’m so nice, I’ll let you in on the little secret.

The Easy Way To Hang Your Curtains

First of all. This is how our front window looked when we moved in and after painting the first time. Big and naked. Just like creepers would have seen me. No thank you. 😉

The Easy Way To Hang Your Curtains

So I grabbed a nearby box and cut out a chunk of cardboard. That is what you need to do this. It will make your life easier. Follow the diagram people. Draw a 2×2-inch in the bottom right corner. This is where you will line up the window edge. Then figure out how far out and up from your window corner you want the curtain rod holder bracket thingy . Don’t you worry. That IS the technical term.  Mark the spot where they intersect. This is where the top of the thingy will sit.

The Easy Way To Hang Your Curtains

Now cut out the 2×2 square. And place the bracket-y thingy with the top screw on the intersection point. Make sure the bracket is level vertically. Place all the screws where they are supposed to be in the thing-a-ma-jig. Push the screws into the cardboard to make indents.

The Easy Way To Hang Your Curtains

Move the bracket-y thing and push the screws through the cardboard to create holes.

I also made one for the center of the window, where I was putting another brace. To use the template for the center, I would be turning the template 90 degrees to the left. So imagine that now. Ok?? Measure up from the base of the template {aka the left side in the picture above} the same distance up you used for the corner and draw a point. So if your corner point is 7 inches up, measure 7 inches up and draw a point. Make your holes with the screws again, just like before. Now, if you need to place a bracket thingy in the middle of your window, you just need to turn the template 90 degrees. Make sense?? I hope so.

The Easy Way To Hang Your Curtains

This is the template being put to work by my lovely model, my momma. Just line up the corner of your template with the corner of your window and drill through your holes! Then flip the template horizontally and use the back of the template for the other corner of the window. Then the holes will be in exactly the same spot on both corners! And for the center of the window, just turn the template 90 degrees and you will have holes that work for the center of the window.

The Easy Way To Hang Your Curtains

Voila! Perfectly hung curtains with no extra holes in the wall! It worked like a dream! Plus, now I can use my template on other windows and have the exact same placement for all my curtains. LOVE! I’m all about making things easy!

The Easy Way To Hang Your Curtains

And because everyone loves a good before and after… here ya go! P.S. I’m still on the search for finials I love. Any tips??

Do you struggle with hanging curtains like I do?? Do you have any tips to make a difficult task easier??

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