How to Hang Curtains on a Bay Window

What You'll Need
Tape measure
Bay curtain rods or separate curtain rods
Hardware for hanging rods
Carpenter level
Nail punch
Drywall filler
Putty knife

Know how to hang curtains on a bay window, as the process is different than hanging curtains on walls that have more linear surfaces. Use the 5 steps below to install your curtains, even over a bay window seat.

Step 1 – Choose a Design

Assuming your window has 3 separate vertical panes, you could choose to hang 3 separate panels with 3 separate rods, one for each pane. Alternativelu, you can go with a single curtain rod and curtain.

Step 2 – Installing Curtain Rods

If you prefer the 3-panel method, you should measure spaces for each of the 3 rods and mark on the wall where each bracket will be attached. Use your carpenter level to be sure the rods are level. The two end rods should be at the same level. And the middle rod should be 3 to 4 inches higher than the end rods. Use your drill to make holes in the wall into which you will insert drywall anchors. With these anchors in place, hang your 3 curtain rods. Should you choose the single rod, you will need a bay curtain rod that can be bent to conform to the contour of the bay window. 

Step 3 – Choose Window Coverings

For a 3-panel curtain, since you will have 3 separate curtains, you will need 3 panels.  Measure each of the 3 windows individually and buy panels of your choice that will each fit the 3 windows. If you chose the 1-panel method, measure the entire window and purchase (or sew) the appropriate covering.

Step 4 – Add Curtains onto the Rods

Carefully insert the rods through the curtains you’ve selected, adjusting each to ensure that they are all hanging even at the bottom.

Step 5 – Install Extra Hardware

If your curtain plan includes tie backs, and if your window includes a window seat, install the tie backs at seat level. Otherwise, you can depend on your own sense of balance and artistry as to the height of the tie backs.

Step 6 - Repair Wall Holes

In the process of installing new rods and brackets, it is likely that you will have left drywall anchors from the old brackets. You will not be able to pull these anchors out of the wall without creating large holes that will be difficult to fill; therefore, use your hammer and nail punch to drive the old anchors into the drywall. Then, fill these holes with drywall compound with a putty knife. Let the compound dry overnight, then sandpaper and paint the areas on the wall where the old anchors were attached.