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Overview

Add elegance, luxury and a little bit of lightness to your room with beautiful sheer curtains. Here's how to install them.

Steps

1Gather your tools and materials

Below are all of the tools and materials you'll need to complete this project.

2Decide where you want your curtain to hang

Before doing anything, it's best to figure out where you would like your curtain to hang. Hold the curtain rod up against your architraves (that's the bit above your window) and alter the position as desired. If you want more of a sweeping, dramatic look, pull your adjustable rod out a little wider than the window frame. Mark your spot with a pencil.

3Mark bracket placement

Use a tape measure to mark up where you'd like to drill your rod brackets. Measure the centre point, and make sure each end is equal to this point. Use a pencil to mark the spot on each end.

Person holding measuring tape against wall and marking it with a pencil.

4Find your wall studs

Use a stud finder to locate where your wall studs are – this handy machine will beep when it locates one. If you've got a stud where your pencil markings are, you're good to drill straight in. If not, use a Wallmate anchor, drilled into the plaster, fixed flush to the wall.

Person holding stud finder against wall.

5Drill in your brackets

It's time to use that power tool (pop on a pair of safety glasses)! You'll want to make sure your curtain rod is completely straight, so use a level to make sure it's all lined up. When the bubbles are level, it's in the right spot. 

Handy hint: when affixing the curtain rod, start by drilling in the top screw, leaving it sticking out slightly so your bracket can slot over it. Then secure the bracket in place with the bottom screw and tighten.

Person drilling black curtain holder bracket into wall.

6Attach your curtain

Thread your curtain through the rod – we went with a ‘Classic White' sheer fabric, but you can choose any colour that suits your home. Once this is done you're good to attach your end caps – these will protect your walls and stop your curtain from sliding off. For an extra luxe look, you can add two curtains to one rod.

Person adding white curtains to black pole.

7Hang the curatin

You're ready to hang the curtains! If you're short, grab a friend to help you with this bit, or use a stepladder. 

Two people putting up curtain rod with sheer white curtains on it.

8Sheer joy

You're done! Sheers work well on their own, adding a decorative touch and some privacy to your room. They're also great when hung in front of black-out blinds.

Person opening sheer white curtains.

9Keep watching

Watch the full episode and more D.I.Y. projects from Make It Yours Episode 2: Master Bedroom Makeover by Geneva.

More D.I.Y. Advice

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.