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Best way to hang blackout curtains

05 Apr 2024 0 Comments
Hanging Blackout Curtains

Hi there, it's James from! I've been helping folks find the perfect curtains for their homes for over a decade now.

Today, I want to share some tips on hanging blackout curtains the right way.

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Main Section Key Takeaway
Why Blackout Curtains? Blackout curtains offer light blocking, privacy, insulation, and better sleep. Invest in them for a more comfortable home.
What You'll Need Gather necessary tools and materials before starting, including curtains, rod, brackets, drill, measuring tape, and a helper for easier installation.
Measuring Your Window Measure window width and height accurately, adding extra inches for optimal coverage and light blocking. Proper measurements ensure a perfect fit.
Choosing the Right Rod Select a sturdy rod that can support the weight of blackout curtains and extends 3-6 inches beyond the window frame for better light blocking.
Hanging Your Curtains Follow step-by-step instructions for marking, drilling, and securing brackets and rod. Hang curtains using hooks or rings for a polished look.
Tips for the Best Blackout Maximize light blocking with thick fabrics, Velcro or magnetic tape for gap coverage, layered curtains, and hanging the rod close to the ceiling.
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Why Choose Blackout Curtains?

Before we dive into the installation process, let's talk about why blackout curtains are such a popular choice.

Here are some compelling reasons:

Improved Sleep Quality

Blackout curtains can block up to 99% of outside light. Create an ideal sleep environment.

Studies show that exposure to light during sleep can disrupt your circadian rhythm and negatively impact sleep quality.

Energy Savings

Did you know that windows account for 25-30% of residential heating and cooling energy use?

Blackout curtains provide an extra layer of insulation. They reduce heat transfer through your windows.

This means your HVAC system doesn't have to work as hard, leading to potential energy savings of up to 25%

Noise Reduction

In addition to blocking light, blackout curtains can also reduce outside noise by up to 40%. This is especially beneficial if you live in a busy urban area or have noisy neighbors.

Enhanced Privacy

The opaque fabric of blackout curtains prevents people from seeing into your home, giving you an extra level of privacy and security.

Getting Ready

curtain rod options

Before you start, you'll need a few things:

  1. Your blackout curtains (of course!)

  2. A curtain rod that's strong enough to hold them

  3. Brackets or hooks to hang the rod

  4. A drill or screwdriver

  5. A tape measure

  6. A pencil

  7. A friend to help (optional but helpful)

Selecting a Proper Curtain Rod

Weight capacity

Blackout curtains are typically heavier than standard curtains, so choose a curtain rod that can support their weight.

Look for rods with a weight capacity of at least 20-30 pounds.


Extend the curtain rod 8-12 inches past the window frame on each side to ensure adequate coverage when the curtains are closed.

This will make the window look high and wide.

Related Article - Blackout Curtain Length Guide


Choose a curtain rod that complements your room's home decor.

Options range from sleek and modern to ornate and traditional, and may include decorative finials.


Consider a double rod if you want to layer blackout curtains with sheer or decorative panels.

Tension rods are a good option if you're looking to hang curtains without drilling.

Choosing Mounting Hardware

Hanging methods

The most common methods for hanging curtains are screws and wall anchors, tension rods, and adhesive hooks.

Choose the method that best suits your wall type and curtain weight.

Wall anchors

Wall anchors provide extra stability for heavy blackout curtains. They spread the weight across a larger area, preventing the screws from pulling out of the wall.

Measuring and Marking

Measuring Window & Curtains

  1. Measure the width of your window frame from left to right. Add 8-12 inches on each side to ensure the curtains are wide enough to cover the window when closed.

  2. Decide on your desired curtain length. For a floor-grazing look, measure from the top of the window frame to about 1/2 inch above the floor, allowing the curtains to kiss the floor. For a sill-length look, measure to about 1/2 inch below the window sill.

  3. Add extra width for gathering. A good rule of thumb is to multiply the width of the window by 1.5 to 2 times to determine the total curtain panel width.

Marking Rod Placement

  1. Mount the curtain rod close to the ceiling, about 4-6 inches above the window frame, to maximize light blocking and create the illusion of taller windows.

  2. Use a level to make sure your markings are straight and even on both sides of the window.

Hanging the Rod

Drilling Holes (for screw-in brackets)

  1. Use a stud finder to locate wall studs for secure installation. If studs aren't available, use heavy-duty wall anchors to support the weight of the curtain rod and blackout curtains.

  2. Drill pilot holes into the marked spots, ensuring they're the appropriate size for your wall anchors or screws.

To ensure that the curtains hang straight, use a level to make sure the curtain rods are installed properly.

Mounting the Brackets

Attach the mounting brackets to the wall using screws and anchors. Make sure they're level and securely fastened.

Attaching Tension Rod

If you're using a tension rod to hang curtains without drilling, extend the rod to fit snugly within the window frame. No drilling or screws required.

Hanging Your Blackout Curtains

Attaching Curtains to Rod

  1. If you're using curtain rings or drapery hooks, attach them to the curtain panel before threading the rod through.

  2. For grommet or rod pocket curtains, thread the curtain rod through the openings or pocket.

  3. Make sure the curtains are evenly distributed and the hem is just touching the floor or sill, depending on your desired look.

Final Adjustments

  1. Once the curtains are hung, step back and assess the overall look. Make any necessary adjustments to ensure the curtains are hanging straight and evenly.

  2. If needed, use a steamer or iron to remove any wrinkles or creases in the curtain fabric.

Maximizing Blackout Effect

Choosing the Right Blackout Fabric

  1. Opt for tightly woven, thick materials like velvet, canvas, denim, or blackout fabric that are specifically designed to block light.

  2. If you're using lighter-weight curtains, consider adding a separate blackout liner for improved light blocking.

Related Article - Layer Curtains On One Rod

Covering Gaps

  1. To prevent light from seeping in around the edges of the curtains, consider using a return rod or wrap-around curtain rod that curves back toward the wall.

  2. Use Velcro strips or magnetic tape to create a seal between the wall and the sides of the curtains.

  3. For the bottom of the curtains, consider adding a draft stopper or weighted hem to prevent light from creeping in.

At Dolcewe, we offer custom sizes for all blackout curtains. If you want your curtains to fit your unique windows, don't hesitate to check our free curtain size calculator. 

Additional Tips And Tricks

  1. If you're installing blackout curtains window treatment in a nursery or child's room, consider using a cordless or concealed cord system for enhanced safety.

  2. Regularly dust and vacuum your curtains to keep them looking their best and to prevent dust and allergen buildup.

  3. If you're unsure about your ability to install the curtains properly, don't hesitate to enlist the help of a friend or hire a professional.

Installing blackout curtains may seem daunting at first. With the right tools, materials, and techniques, you can achieve a beautiful and functional result. Enhance your living space and promote a better night's sleep.

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That's it! Your blackout curtains are ready to help you sleep better.

Remember to measure carefully, choose the right hardware, and take your time. If you need high-quality blackout curtains in different styles and colors, check out our collection at

We offer custom sizes starting at $26.99, with free shipping on orders over $199. Plus, get an extra 10% off when you sign up for our newsletter. Thanks for reading, and happy hanging!

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