How to Hang Double Curtain Rods

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If you want to transform a flat, unremarkable room into a beautiful space with depth and dimension, double curtains may be right for you. 

In addition to their visual appeal, double curtain rods provide functional benefits, allowing you to layer curtains or drapes to create more privacy and lighting options.

There are many decisions to make when it comes to choosing curtains, but hanging double curtain rods shouldn’t be one of them. Today, we’ll show you how to hang double curtain rods quickly and effortlessly!

Why Use a Double Curtain Rod? 

With standard single-rod curtains, you have two options — open or closed. That can work for some situations, but it isn’t always ideal. Instead, layering sheer curtains with drapes can filter and soften sunlight without blocking it completely. 

You can also use double curtain rods to hang drapes and blackout curtains for a darkening effect. Or, hang drapes with a valance or a window scarf for a decorative touch.

How to Install Double Curtain Rods the Traditional Way

Installing double curtain rod brackets is similar to installing single curtain rod brackets. However, they require more precision and measuring to ensure they hang straight. The hardware should be strong enough to support the weight of two sets of draperies. 

You can purchase installation kits to hang double curtain rods, but they can be pricey and often include materials you already own. 

Follow these step-by-step instructions to hang double curtain rods correctly with household tools.

Step 1: Measure Your Curtains

Clean and inspect the window and frame for leaks and damage. Use this opportunity to touch up the paint and caulk around the window frame and repair any existing damage to your drywall.

First, decide on your ideal curtain length and placement:  

  • Measure the height from the floor to the top of your window frame
  • Measure the depth of your window
  • Measure the width of your windows. 

For more information, read How to Measure for Curtains.

Step 2: Gather Your Supplies & Tools

  • ⅝-inch curtain rod and 1-inch curtain rod measured correctly
  • Double curtain rod brackets
  • Inner curtain pair (like sheer curtains)
  • Outer curtain pair (like decorative drapes)
  • Ladder
  • Stud finder
  • Hammer
  • Wall anchors or drywall screws
  • Tape measure
  • Long carpenter’s level
  • Caulk
  • Touch-up paint
  • Pencil

Step 3: Prepare the Window Space

Before you begin the installation, double-check your window: 

  • Inspect the window and frame for leaks and damage
  • Touch up the paint and caulk around the window frame if necessary
  • Repair any existing damage to your drywall from old hardware 
  • Wash your window glass for a sparkling clean start

Step 4: Install Your Double Curtain Rod Brackets

Deciding where to install your double curtain rod brackets requires the following measuring and placement steps. 

  1. Determine bracket placement: Measure the height where you want your curtain panels to hang. Use a pencil and tape measure to mark curtain bracket placements on the wall. Use a level to line up the pencil markings so the curtain rod hangs evenly.
  2. Mark the screw hole placement: Starting with the right side, place the bracket over the center of the mark. Use a level and pencil to mark the holes where the screws will go.
  3. Drill and secure the bracket: Use a stud finder to determine if you need a screw and anchor (if there isn’t a stud) or just screws (if there is a stud available). Pre-drill holes for the screws with a 1/8″ bit. Insert the screws into the holes, leaving 1/4″ of the screw sticking out. Slide the bracket onto the screws and tighten the screws to secure the bracket to the frame.
  4. Level and secure the other bracket: Place the curtain rod into the right bracket. Use a level to determine the placement of the left bracket. Repeat steps 2-3 to secure the bracket to the frame.

Step 5: Hang Your Curtains

Add your sheer curtain panels to the ⅝-inch curtain rod. Place the curtain rod and sheers into the smaller curtain rod brackets.

Then, add your drapes or exterior curtain panels to the 1-inch curtain rod. Place the curtain rod into the larger curtain rod brackets.

How to Install Double Curtain Rods the Hassle-Free Way

Measuring, leveling and drilling traditional hardware is cumbersome. Luckily, there’s another way to hang double curtains – without the hassle. 

Kwik-Hang makes no-drill, damage-free double curtain rod brackets to help you hang double curtain rods in a matter of minutes. 

Here’s how to hang double curtains using Kwik-Hang. 

Step 1: Prepare Your Window Space as in Step 3 Above

Clean your window, check for damage and make any repairs or touch-ups as necessary.

Step 2: Gather Your Supplies & Tools 

Step 3: Mount Your Double Curtain Rod Brackets

Align the Kwik-Hang double curtain rod brackets on top of your window trim and tap it into place using your hammer. 

That’s it – you’re ready to hang your curtains! 

Note: For safety purposes and to prevent drooping, curtain rods need support brackets every 30 inches. Use a Kwik-Hang double center support bracket if you’re hanging curtains on a wider window.

How to Hang Double Curtains Without a Double Curtain Rod

Is it possible to hang double curtains without a double curtain rod? Yes. However, a single curtain rod does not provide the same functionality or create the depth that a double curtain rod does.

Two sets of curtains can hang on a single rod, but they would remain fixed unless you hold them open with a curtain tieback or holdback.

Kwik-Hang’s single curtain rod brackets hold up to 20 lbs., so they’re ideal for hanging two sets of curtains on a single rod (like pictured above).

You can also experiment with hanging thinner, non-traditional rod alternatives like a tension rod or a bungee cord. But depending on the style of your single rod bracket, this may not be possible.

Kwik-Hang Double Curtain Rod Brackets

You don’t need to be a professional installer to hang double curtain rods. Installation is quick and easy with Kwik-Hang Double Curtain Rod Brackets.

Kwik-Hang curtain rod brackets have revolutionized hanging curtains by turning a time-consuming hassle into a simple installation process. No drilling, no wall damage and no precise measurements.

Position the bracket on the window frame and tap it into place — that’s it!

Enjoy the beauty and functionality of layered curtains by using Kwik-Hang double curtain rod brackets today.

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