Building A Better Bathroom: Tips For Bathroom Construction

How To Install Curtains On Arched Windows

Arched windows add architectural interest to a room with the wood moldings providing texture. You may think about adding draperies at some point to control the light coming in the room. 

You have the option of using a flexible rod if you don't want to hide the molding or a traditional rod to cover molding. Eliminate rods altogether by using curtain knobs  Install arched window curtains by following these steps

Prepare to Install the Curtains

To complete the installation, you need:

  • work gloves
  • step-ladder (optional)
  • screwdriver
  • fabric pencil
  • hammer
  • brackets
  • level
  • wall anchors for drywall
  • drill
  • stud finder (optional)
  • curtain rods or knobs
  • metal toggles (optional)
  • curtain panels 

If you choose flexible rods, don't hang heavy curtains on them. You may prefer to pinpoint wall studs with a stud finder in place of using anchors. A fabric pencil mark can be erased or, it will fade with time. If the material is heavy, install metal toggles.

Measure for Curtain Rods

Set a step-ladder to reach the top of the window, if necessary. Measure the length between the vertical side and where it joins the arch. To get rod length, tape a string or rope running from the beginning of the arch to the end, remove the tape. Larger windows may require two rods and two panels.

Measure the points, adding six to eight more inches or enough to accommodate rod return, or rod distance from the wall. The extra width ensures the curtains hang properly with the right pleats.

Multiply the length by two for heavy fabric, two and one-half for medium fabric, and three for sheer curtains. For wide windows, add four inches.

Drill the Holes

Hold a level on the arch, and mark each end an eighth-inch over the end of the straight sides. Set a bracket on these marks, and mark the position for pilot holes. 

Drill the pilot holes, and add anchors making them even with the opening, if needed. Thread the curtain through the loops on the curtain panel. Attach the bottom rod in the same manner.

If the curtain has a rosette strap, connect the two ends. Gather a fist full of material similar to making a pigtail, pull it through the strap, and smooth it.  

Install the Knobs

To measure for knobs, draw a line across the perimeter of the arch, Measure the line, and divide the figure by the number of pleats, then add one.

Make a mark every ten inches to indicate knob placement. Figure the center of the marked line, then attach two knobs at each mark according to directions.

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Building A Better Bathroom: Tips For Bathroom Construction

The one challenge I always had with my house was the fact that there was no bathroom on the first floor. Once I reached a point where I had equity in the house, I decided it was time to do some renovations. After working with a local construction contractor to map out the plans for converting the mud room into a first-floor bathroom, I decided to chronicle the entire process. I created this site to do just that in the hopes that reading about my experiences and what I learned may help others decide to tackle that renovation project they've always wanted to do as well.


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