1. Decide 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.
2. Mark 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.
3. Find 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.
4. Drill 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.
5. Attach 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.
6. Hang 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.
7. Sheer 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.
Watch the full episode and more D.I.Y. projects from Make It Yours Episode 2: Master Bedroom Makeover by Geneva.