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How to Measure, Choose and Hang Extra-Long Curtain Rods

How to Measure, Choose and Hang Extra-Long Curtain Rods

Not sure if you need extra-long curtain rods? Hanging curtains on large, wide windows can be challenging, and many of us make a rookie mistake buying the wrong size curtain rod or the incorrect quantity of curtain rod brackets.

To ease your curtain-hanging duties, we’ve gathered everything you need to know about measuring, shopping for and installing extra-long curtain rods and heavy-duty curtain rods:

How to Measure Your Window for Extra-Long Curtain Rods

First things first, measure your window to determine what length curtain rod you need.

Use a steel tape measure to precisely determine the width of your windows. You can measure from frame to frame or casing to casing, depending on the style of your window.

Check out our step-by-step guide on how to measure for curtain rods with precision and accuracy.

After you jot down your window’s measurements, add 20% or six inches (whichever is most suitable for the room) to account for stackback.

Extra-Long Curtain Rod Sizes

Do you know the difference between a standard curtain rod and an extra-long curtain rod?

Standard curtain rods are generally available in the following size ranges: 28-48 inches, 48-84 inches and 66-120 inches. 

Extra-long curtain rods, on the other hand, span greater than 120 inches. While 120-inch curtain rods are in popular retailers, they are typically less readily available than traditional curtain rod sizes. If you have unconventional or custom-made wide windows, you might have difficulty finding the right extra-long curtain rod in stores.

Extra-Long Curtain Rod Finishes and Colors

Curtain rod finishes, colors and styles are critical in enhancing the overall look and feel of your windows, especially if you’re working with an extra-long curtain rod and a large window.

We’ll dive into popular color and style choices and considerations to keep in mind as you search for the perfect heavy-duty curtain rod.

Curtain Rod Colors

These are some of the most sought-after color choices for curtain rods:

  • Black
  • Weathered Brown
  • Champagne Silver
  • White
  • Brass
  • Bronze

Make sure you select a color that complements your brackets, curtain or drapery panels and the rest of your room. Keep in mind that when you pull your curtains back, much of the rod and hardware will be visible. 

Get more expert advice on choosing the right curtain rod color.

Curtain Rod Finishes and Design

Take note of your existing hardware, furniture and surroundings or decor to determine the best material for your curtain rod. In stores, you’ll most commonly find these finishes:

  • Wood
  • Plastic
  • Metal or alloy (brass, bronze, nickel, etc.)

Be aware of how the curtain rod finish impacts your room. For example, a plastic white curtain rod would suit a simple bedroom, but wouldn’t work well in a formal area with more exquisite furniture.

Lastly, don’t forget about finials. Finials, the end caps on curtain rods, round out the appearance of your window treatments and help pull the look together.

If you want to draw more attention to your curtain rod or curtains, opt for a simple, less ornate finial that doesn’t stand out as much. If you anticipate opening your curtains, a decorative finial will make your windows pop, even when you pull your curtains back.

DIY Extra-Long Curtain Rods

If you don’t have any success finding the right pre-made rod size, you might have to resort to DIY methods for extra-long curtain rods.

This process can take some time, so if you’re scrambling to get your curtains up, a DIY method might not be feasible. However, DIY curtain rods are a great way to save money, since custom curtain rods can be costly.

For your convenience, check out this quick DIY guide for creating an extra-long curtain rod from scratch.

You’ll need:

  • 1” electric metallic tube
  • Permanent marker
  • Drop cloth
  • Spray paint
  • Automotive primer
  • Epoxy
  • Finials

Next, follow these instructions:

  1. Mark and cut: Measure and cut the length of the metallic tube to your desired rod size. Mark your measurements with a permanent marker.
  2. Spray paint: Protect the floor or surface with a drop cloth. Spray paint the metallic tube with your desired color. Consider spray painting in an enclosed (but well-ventilated) area, so no debris clings to the paint.
  3. Prime: Prime your curtain rod after spray painting, so the paint’s coat stays intact. It’s best to use automotive primer, which is best for heavy-duty metals.
  4. Add finials: Add finishing touches once all coats are dry. Apply epoxy to the end of your curtain rod, and attach the finial to the end of the rod. Hold firmly for a minute or two to set. 

How to Install Extra-Long Curtain Rods

The process for installing an extra-long curtain rod is the same as installing a standard-length rod. However, pay attention to your measurements to ensure your rod has proper support.

Extra-long curtain rods require additional bracket support due to the combined size and weight of the rod and the weight of the curtains. We strongly advise adding a center support bracket every 30 inches across your curtain rod. 

If your windows are wider, you might find it frustrating to ensure each center support bracket is straight and equidistant. Luckily, Kwik-Hang’s revolutionary curtain rod brackets eliminate the hassle of measuring and leveling. Shop Kwik-Hang’s no-drill, hassle-free curtain rod brackets now. 

How to Reinforce Extra-Long Curtain Rods

Droopy curtain rods are not a good look. Fortunately, with a few additional materials and a bit of elbow grease, you can reinforce your sagging curtain rod and prevent further damage.

Here are a few tips for reinforcing extra-long curtain rods:

  • Use heavy-duty material for your curtain rod, especially if you’re hanging multiple panels or drapes.
  • If you have traditional curtain rod brackets, try adding a drywall anchor for reinforcement.
  • If you have plaster walls, consider using longer screws that don’t fall out.
  • Ensure you’re using enough center support brackets.
  • Make the switch to Kwik-Hang’s no-drill curtain rod brackets. Since the brackets attach to your window trim, you won’t have to worry about screws, nails or reinforcements ever again.

A Stress-Free Way to Hang Your Extra-Long Curtain Rods

Hanging curtains shouldn’t have to be complicated. But traditional curtain hardware requires you to measure, level, drill and screw – and there’s no guarantee you’ll install it perfectly the first time.

Kwik-Hang’s damage-free brackets require absolutely no measuring or drilling. They take just a few minutes to install, and you’ll achieve perfect curtains every time. 

Choose from single, double and center support brackets in a variety of colors. Kwik-Hang brackets are super durable, support up to 20 pounds and work with any size window with trim.

Kwik-Hang Double Center Support Bracket, Silver

Experience the Kwik-Hang difference and try our damage-free brackets for yourself today!