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Person fitting curtains to curtain rod.

Overview

By hanging your curtains properly, you'll find that they're easier to open and close. They'll also be much more effective at blocking out the light, insulating your room and protecting your privacy. This video shows you everything you need to know in order to have your curtains hanging properly.

Tools and materials

Steps

1Measure the drop from the curtain rail to the floor

Measure the distance from the curtain rail down to the floor. Reduce that distance by 30mm to 40mm to determine the length or ‘drop' of the curtain. This ensures the curtain won't drag along the floor. If there is a power point under the window, keep the curtain's drop at least 30mm higher than the top of the switches. Curtains can be ordered to length. It's also possible to purchase standard sizes.
Window with brown timber frames, looking out to other houses next door.

2Hang the curtains on to the rod

Take the curtain rail down from its holders and remove one of the stop ends. Thread the curtains onto the rail and screw the stop end back on. Place the rod back on the holders, leaving one ring of each curtain sitting outside the rod holder on each end. This keeps the curtains holding on at the edges of the window. Now the window is up, drive a screw through each holder into the rod to stop it from slipping sideways.
Person fitting curtains to curtain rod.

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Health & Safety

Please make sure you use all equipment appropriately and safely when following the advice in these D.I.Y. videos. You need to be familiar with how to use equipment safely and follow the instructions that came with the equipment. If you are unsure, you may feel it is safest to consult an expert, such as the manufacturer or an expert Bunnings Team Member.

Grave health hazards are linked to asbestos, which may be in homes built up to 1990. Health hazards may result from exposure to lead-based paints in older materials and copper chromium arsenic (CCA) treated timber. For information on the dangers of asbestos, lead-based paint and CCA treated timber and tips for dealing with these materials contact your local council's Environmental Health Officer. You can also use a simple test kit from Bunnings to indicate the presence of lead-based paint.