Moving from home to home certainly gives us the…ahem…opportunity…to deal with all sorts of unusual house features. Hanging curtains on unique window arrangements is something we are constantly dealing with as I detailed in this post here. Although I cover lots of window styles in that review, one situation I failed to mention is the tricky corner window. Today I want to quickly share the $1 hack we used to successfully hang curtains in a corner window. If you have corner windows and have been stumped on how to dress them, you’ll love this easy solution!
The Master Bedroom in our Kansas home had no windows except for two skinny ones in the far corner of the room. Aside from the fact that the “winds came roaring down the plains” directly at this window (making quite the sound experience during storms!), the tight, perpendicular placement of these windows made it difficult to hang curtain rods in a traditional way.
I certainly could have put roman shades, valances or cornice boxes on these windows. But I prefer to hang the same basic black curtain rods throughout our homes to provide visual continuity and make it easier to transition window treatments from home to home. So to save money and prevent us from having to invest in special corner rods just for this home, I really wanted to find a way to use our standard black curtain rods (and curtains) in this corner.
To adapt our existing rods, I could have easily grabbed a corner curtain rod piece for $7-10 from Target, Amazon or Bed Bath & Beyond. However, I happened upon this little black plastic $0.99 elbow in the plumbing section at Lowes, and it was exactly what I needed to transition our standard curtain rods to corner curtain rods!
To hang curtains in a corner window, start by hanging two single rods at the same height on each window. Be sure there is enough room between the brackets and the wall to create an actual L with the rods in the corner.
Next, slide the elbow plumbing piece into the ends of each curtain rod, thereby physically and visually connecting the two rods. For our rods, the fit was nice and snug, requiring no adhesive, extra pieces, or screws.
With just a simple $1 find at the hardware store, I was able to create a clean and cohesive curtain rod for our corner windows. However, if you don’t have rods you’re trying to use or can’t access the insides of your rods (into which you’d place the plastic elbow), here are some great products to try:
If your curtain rods don’t have hallow ends, these corner connectors can twist right onto your existing rods where the finial would typically go.
Corner Curtain Rods
If you don’t have existing curtain rods, here are some corner curtain rod options.
Hanging curtains on unique window arrangements can often take some trial-and-error. Thankfully, with some outside-the-box thinking (and inexpensive plumbing supplies!), there are often easy solutions to be found for almost any arrangement. Whether you have an awkward corner window like this one, or you’re trying to hang windows in a corner shower or other tight arrangement, these hacks and products should work for you.
Other Window Treatment Ideas
If you’ve been stumped by a corner window in your home, I hope this post helps you identify your best options for finally getting some rods and curtains up on your windows. If you need some other solutions, check out so more clever window hack projects below!