by Tonya Goodspeed
Hanging a curtain rod from the ceiling is an innovative and simple way to add drama to any room. This method can make ceilings appear higher, add interest to otherwise boring windows or act as a room divider with the right curtains. Whether you want a double curtain rod for hanging layered curtains, a wooden curtain rod for a rustic vibe or an iron curtain rod for a traditional look, the following suggestions will help you install the right rod and hardware.
Measure and mark. Use a pencil to mark where each ceiling-mount curtain rod bracket will go. Space the brackets equally based on the width of the area in order to support the center of the curtain rod. If you have a second person around, have him stand a good distance away from where the curtain rod will be hung to determine if your mounting marks are straight and symmetrical.
Install anchors. Use the power drill to install drywall anchors. This is especially important if you'll be hanging a double curtain rod or heavy iron curtain rod in a high-traffic area or where children may pull on them. Attach the ceiling-mount brackets with screws using a power drill. Make sure all curtain hardware is sturdy enough to support the curtain rod.
Hang curtains. Slide your curtains onto the curtain rod and insert the rod into the mounting brackets. Tighten the small screw located on each ceiling-mount bracket until the curtain rod remains stationary. If you're using drapery hooks, slide the empty hooks onto the curtain rod and insert the rod into the ceiling-mount curtain rod brackets. Clip the curtain panels in place, spacing the hooks about 5 inches apart. Make sure you've chosen appropriate curtains to achieve the look you want. Silk window curtains hung on a wooden curtain rod will give you elegant look, while two-tone curtains are a more modern window treatment. Sheer curtains make effective room dividers while still letting in light. You can even hang beaded curtains to make your child's room a bit more fun.