How to Hang Curtains Over Blinds

Blinds are ideal for maintaining privacy in your own home, but they aren’t always pleasing to the eye. Curtains, on the other hand, offer plenty of style while making your home feel cozy and warm. Both types of window treatments have their pros and cons, but if you’re a renter, you’re usually stuck with one or the other. It doesn’t have to be that way, though: No matter your circumstances, you don’t have to choose between curtains and blinds. 

Get the best of both worlds by hanging curtains over blinds. Here’s a no-drill (read: renter-friendly) way to easily cover your blinds, including vertical blinds, using window brackets or command hooks. (No tension rods here—in nearly all cases, tension rods won’t fit over blinds.)

Before You Begin

Measure the length and width of your window before hanging curtains. The length is how much fabric or which curtain length you’ll need, and the width will tell you how long a curtain rod to buy. As a general rule, purchase a curtain rod that’s a few inches longer than the width of your window to ensure it’s stable when you hang it.

Tip

To make your space look larger, consider hanging a curtain rod above your window and hanging long curtains to give the illusion of height.