How To Hang Your Blackout Curtains – Just A Few Simple Steps!

When it comes to installing blackout curtains, the results can be totally worth the handiwork involved.  A dark room helps to signal to our body that it’s time for rest and sleep. Whether you work the night shift and sleep during the day or your baby needs a mid-day nap, blackout curtains can be the key to helping you (or your child) fall asleep and stay asleep when it’s still light outside.

Installing anything can be daunting, especially if you’re new to the game. Don’t worry – our team has broken it down into the simplest steps, so grab that tape measure, power drill, and – of course- those blackout curtains and let’s get started.

Watch our How-To video or follow the step-by-step instructions below. We’ve also included some helpful tips and tricks that we picked up during our installation!

 

How To Hang Your Blackout Curtains

1.
Gather All Materials & Equipment

 

You’ll save yourself time and energy if you get your equipment and supplies together and organized before you start drilling into the wall.

Here’s a list of what you’ll need:

  • Blackout curtains – make sure they say “blackout” in the description – they’ll give you the most coverage.
  • Instructions – these should come with your curtain rod and hardware
  • A curtain rod – one that fits the width of your window with some extra room
  • Mounting brackets with set screws – they will probably come with your curtain rod and will hold the rod in place once you hang the curtains
  • Set of screws and wall anchors – these should come with your curtain rod and will hold the rod on the wall and make ensure that the heavy curtains don’t pull it off the wall
  • Curtain knobs – this keeps the curtains from falling off the rod
  • Power drill with a drill bit – if you have it – if not, a hammer will do!
  • Measuring tape – no brainer!
  • Pencil – you want to make marks and erase them
  • Hammer – you’ll need this if you don’t have a power drill and to tap the wall anchors into the wall

2.
Unpack & Iron Blackout Curtains

 

Unpack your blackout curtains and clean them or iron them if needed. They should come with care instructions that let you wash them if you like.

They’ll probably have big creases from being folded and packaged for a long period of time. A light iron should get these folds and creases out and make them look much nicer once you hang them.

3.
Measure Your Window

 

Before doing any drilling you want to measure how high you want your curtains to hang above your window and how far out on the sides you want the rod to go.

We have a wide but short window and we knew we had 3″ on the sides to work with and we planned to install the bracket 5″ above the window. We used a measuring tape and pencil to make marks in both of those spots on top and to the sides of the window.

Mark Your Drill Area

Use your mounting bracket and pencil to mark the spot where you'll drill a hole for the screwNow you know where you want your curtain rod to hang but you also need to mark where you’re actually going to add the screws.

You can do this by placing the bracket along the wall, matching the portion that will hold the curtain with your original mark (for us this was 5″ above our window).

Then find the area of the bracket that will hold the screw and make a separate mark there. This is where you actually want to drill.

4.
Install Curtain Brackets

Drill A Pilot Hole

Make a pilot hole to test your wall before hanging your blackout curtainsIf you aren’t sure what’s behind your wall (drywall or a stud) you may want to drill a pilot hole at the screw mark. This will give you an idea of what you’re working with.

Once you drill into the wall and confirm you can move forward, find an appropriate sized drill bit and make a large enough hole to fit your wall anchor.

Hammer In The Wall Anchor

Use a hammer to tap in the wall anchor before hanging your blackout curtainsPlace the wall anchor into the hole and tap it into the hole lightly with a hammer.

Install The Mounting Bracket With A Screwdriver

Use a screwdriver or drill bit to screw into your mounting bracketAdd actual screw into wall anchor and secure it. Leave them all a little loose and tighten once they’re all in and even.

5.
Add Curtain To Rod & Twist On Knobs

 

Attach your curtains to the curtain rod and screw or twist the knob at the end to keep your curtains on the rod.

6.
Connect Curtain Rod & Hang

 

If you have a wide window, ask a friend to help you connect your curtain rod together and place it on the mounting brackets, securing the rod with your set screws.

7.
Close Curtains & Nap!

 

Congratulations, you’ve hung your own blackout curtains! Now you can close them and take a much-deserved nap.

Extra Tips And Tricks

Rarely do projects ever go 100% as planned – and that’s OK! We learned a few things in the process of installing the blackout curtains ourselves and we wanted to pass the advice on to you:

  1. Get an idea of what’s behind your wall. There’s nothing worse than drilling into your wall only to hit a stud. Make a pilot hole or us a stud finder to double-check before you start drilling.
  2. Have extra materials handy. We went through quite a few wall anchors during this process. Extra screws, wall hangers, drill bits, all of that will be much appreciated if you end up breaking or losing something during the installation process.
  3. Grab a friend. Danny (our esteemed Senior Video Editor) was a much appreciated extra set of hands during our install. We had an especially wide window and he helped us with some of the drilling and hanging the blackout curtains.
  4. Be patient with yourself. It’s easy to tell yourself you’ll get this up in no time, only to find yourself covered in dust and sweat, screaming at the window because you broke your last wall anchor. Take a deep breath and get back at it when you’re ready, you’ll be glad you did.
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Katie manages the day to day operations of the Mattress Clarity news site and reviews sleep products in addition to writing and editing sleep news.She hails from Austin, where she lives with her growing family. She is a Certified Sleep Science Coach and has a master’s degree in Journalism from Northwestern University and has a background in health and science content. Her work can be found in print and online publications like Discover Magazine, USA Today and The Huffington Post.
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