Project 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. Continue to step-by-step instructions

Step by Step Instructions

1 Measure up the window cavity
2 Install the curtain rod holders on the architrave
3 Install the rod in the holders
  • Step 1. Measure 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.
  • Step 2. Install 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.
  • Step 3. Install 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.

Tools and Materials

Tools

  • Circular saw
  • Curtain rings
  • Curtain rod & holders
  • Ear muffs
  • Impact driver
  • Ladder
  • Measuring tape
  • Pencil
  • Power drill
  • Safety glasses
  • Spirit level

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 or visit our Health & Safety page. You can also use a simple test kit from Bunnings to indicate the presence of lead-based paint Test.
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