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Overview

Putting up a curtain rod is an easy way to upgrade any window in your home. This simple project takes very little time and can improve how your home looks, feels and performs for only a small amount of money. Learn everything you need to know to do this job by watching this short video.

Steps

1Measure up the window cavity

Measure the width of your window from one side to the other. Then add another 30mm to each side to allow for curtain overhang. This gives you space to pull your curtains across and stops light and heat leaking through the sides. Trim your curtain rod to size using a circular saw.
Person using measuring tape to measure window frame.

2Install the curtain rod holders on the architrave

The architrave is the frame on the wall around the window. Install the curtain rod holders on the architrave by marking out where the rod holders will go and predrilling screw holes. Screw the holders in place making sure that they're horizontally level with one another. If your architrave is level you can do this simply by mounting them flush with the top of the architrave. If it's not, use a spirit level to draw a line across the architrave and mount flush with the line.
Person drilling curtain rod hanger into window frame.

3Install the rod in the holders

Screw the stop end onto the left end of the rod. Slip all the curtain rings onto the rod and place the rod on the holders. Then screw in the stop end for the right end of the rod. Finally, screw some small screws through the holders into the rod to stop the rod from slipping sideways. Cover the screw holes with timber plugs to finish the job.
Person screwing curtain rod into curtain rod hook.

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Health & Safety

Asbestos, lead-based paints and copper chromium arsenic (CCA) treated timber are health hazards you need to look out for when renovating older homes. These substances can easily be disturbed when renovating and exposure to them can cause a range of life-threatening diseases and conditions including cancer. 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 or visit our Health & Safety page.

When following our advice in our D.I.Y. videos, make sure you use all equipment, including PPE, safely by following the manufacturer’s instructions. Check that the equipment is suitable for the task and that PPE fits properly. If you are unsure, hire an expert to do the job or talk to a Bunnings Team Member.