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How to fit net curtains :: Posted by: Admin on April 16th, 2012

How to fit net curtains

Net curtains are traditionally used for giving privacy as well as giving style and interest to a window. Fitting net curtains is a fairly straight forward process, first you will need to measure the window and buy your curtains.

To measure the window

Take a tape measure and measure the width of the window, you will need to consider how much gathering you would like and you will need to multiply the width of the window by 1.5, 2 or 2.5 times. It can depend on the pattern as well as personal choice. Next you will need to measure the drop / height of the window, you may be able to get a standard drop curtain that is the correct height and width but you may have to have them cut to size for you.

Curtain rod or curtain wire

Don’t forget to buy either a net curtain rod or a net curtain wire, the net wire is the cheapest option, with the spring loaded curtain rod be the most expensive. Fitting a wire involves more cutting and measuring where as the rods do not need any cutting or trimming. Again it is personal choice and budget as to which one you buy, but you will need one or the other.

Fitting the curtain

Firstly you will need to gather the tools your require:

  • A drill
  • A small drill bit or bradawl
  • Pliers
  • A pencil

Assuming your fitting a net curtain wire, you will need to make a small hole at the top of the window frame at either side to fit the ‘eyes’ to the frame, next fit a ‘hook’ to one end of the wire, then hang this on one of the eyes on the window frame, next hold the wire along the top of the frame and mark the wire with a pencil mark where you are going to cut the wire remembering you will be fitting a hook to the end of the wire, the wire will need to be taught enough not to sag in the middle but not too tight that it pulls the eyes out of the frame.

Now you need to cut the wire on the pencil mark with a pair of pliers, once cut you can add the final hook to the end of the wire.

Hanging the curtain

Now that the two eyes are fitted to the window frame and the wire has been cut to the correct length and the two hooks have been fitted to the wire you are ready to hang the net curtain. Thread the wire through the top header hem, now attach one hook onto one of the eyes, then pull the wire tight and attach the final hook on the eye.

Another one of those small DIY jobs that helps improves your home.

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3 Responses to “How to fit net curtains”

  1. RedHillGeneral Says:
    August 26th, 2013 at 11:29 pm

    I am using net curtain wire to fix net curtains for the first time in a pre-war property. The eyes were screwed directly into a wooden window frame but one pulled out soon after the curtain was installed.

    What alternative methods are there for fixing the curtain wire to the wall. Are there any plates with an eye in them that can be screwed onto the window frame.

  2. Admin Says:
    August 27th, 2013 at 7:33 am


    If the eyes have pulled out, either they were not screwed in enough or the wire is too tight? You can use a net curtain pole, there are sprung loaded ones thar push against the window reveals, or there are ones that have hooks on the window that the pole sits on.

  3. chippy Says:
    September 27th, 2018 at 7:59 am

    In addition to Admin’s comment above, I recommend using the eyes in the end of the curtain wire, and screwing the hooks into the window frame.
    This is because the hooks may catch on the net curtain as you pull the wire through and almost certainly will catch when you remove the wire before washing the curtains.

    When you choose a location to screw the hooks into the window frame, make sure it’s not close to the edge of the wood or near a seam between two pieces of wood, because there will be an added risk of the eyes pulling out.

    If the window frame is old, remember that the wood might not be in as good condition. Choose a location where the wood is sound and not too soft. The hooks will pull out if the wood is too soft or even rotting, so if you must use that location do something to harden up the wood beforehand. There is a wood hardener that you can paint on to achieve that, but usually it’s best to choose another location if you cannot replace the wood.

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