**Giveaway is now closed.**
I was browsing the home section of Target the other day and overheard two women talking. One woman was gushing over some pretty curtains and asked her friend if she should buy them along with a new curtain rod for her living room. I approved of her choice and wished I could see her living room :). But then something strange happened. She took the curtains out of her cart, placed them back on the shelf, and pouted to her friend that her husband wouldn’t hang the curtain rod for her in a timely manner so why even bother. I had to bite my tongue…literally…bite it hard… and it hurt. I wanted so badly to hop right into the middle of their conversation and give her an empowering DIY “go girl” pep talk! I wanted to say,
Hi, I’m Beth, a DIY home blogger, and I too hate hanging things on the wall and would much prefer my husband just do it for me. In fact, I dislike most activities that require the use of power tools—including vacuums and washing machines. I love creating a pretty home though and dislike waiting around for my husband to help me. If you really want those curtains, you can totally install a curtain rod yourself in just minutes! I could show you how.”
I refrained from being the crazy lady in Target, but it definitely got me thinking about all of you out there with sad undressed-nakey windows! So to all of you who might still be waiting on a husband, or dad, or boyfriend, or even an insane DIY home-blogger-stranger to help you hang that curtain rod, wait no more! You don’t need any help on this one. All you need are a few tools and the confidence in knowing that you CAN do this. Let’s hang that bad boy!
- Curtain rod hardware
- Tape measure and pencil
- Level (I love my BLACK+DECKER laser level.)
- BLACK+DECKER Lithium Drill and drill bits
Step 1: Measure and mark where you want your curtain rod to hang.
This is admittedly the most difficult part of the process. Think high and wide when hanging your curtain rod. If you have a normal ceiling height (8 ft) then you will want to hang the curtain rod all the way up to the top of your ceiling and wider than the width of your window.
The ceilings in my master bedroom are over 13 feet tall, so I wanted to place the curtains at a height and width proportional to the window size which would give a grander appearance but not look ridiculous. I chose to place the hardware 13 inches high above the window and 17 inches wide from the window. Your measurements will vary depending on the height of your ceilings and the width of your window. Use your level to ensure a straight line.
Step 2: Hold your hardware in place and mark the holes.
Once you have a level mark of where to place your hardware, hold your hardware up to the mark and pencil in the holes. This is where you will drill. Erase any pencil marks that won’t be covered by your hardware.
Step 3: Use your BLACK+DECKER Lithium Drill.
To determine what size drill bit to use, I typically hold the screw up to my bits and choose a size down. Oftentimes the instructions that came with your curtain rod will tell you the exact size bit to use, but I still prefer my “eyeball method”.
If you do not have a stud in the wall where you are drilling, you will need to use the plastic wall anchors. Your curtain hardware most likely included them. They are the little plastic thingies that you hammer into your drywall and then place your screws into. If you have a stud in the wall, then you will skip using the anchors.
Step 4: Drill screws into place.
Using the drill bit on your drill, drive the screws into the wall. Here I am using the BLACK+DECKER Lithium Drill with AutoSense technology which has two modes, drill and drive. You can see the “drive” option lit up on the top. Drill is when you are creating holes and drive is when you are filling them with screws. Sometimes it’s challenging to get a screw perfectly flush and not “over drilled”. Stripping a screw head is never fun. With this drill it automatically monitors the amount of torque needed to drive the screw making it easy to achieve perfect results! I also like that it lights up allowing me to see the screw head before I begin drilling.
Step 5: Repeat steps 1-4 for remaining hardware. Place rings on curtain rod before hanging.
If you will be using curtain rod rings or hooks you will need to place these on your rod before hanging into place.
Step 6: Tighten the screws on the bottom of the hardware and add finials.
Do you see the little screw under the circle of the hanging hardware? This keeps the rod firmly in place and prevents it from sliding around. Once you have your curtain rod assembled where you want it, go ahead and tighten the screws. Add your finials to the end of your rod and you are done!
See? That wasn’t hard at all! And now that my curtain rod is installed, I am ready to sew my curtains to the right length. I just tacked up the fabric to give myself an idea of what it will look like complete. Not too shabby!
Did you want to try out the BLACK+DECKER Lithium Drill for yourself? I am giving one away to one lucky Home Stories A to Z reader! To enter the giveaway all you need to do is the following:
To enter giveaway first click link
then leave a comment below letting me know what project you would use with the BLACK+DECKER Lithium Drill.
Good luck! Giveaway is open to U.S. residents age 18+ and closes at midnight June 30, 2014.
This post is sponsored by BLACK+DECKER, but my love of the AutoSense Drill is all my own.