What size curtain rod do I need for 72 inch window? A rod that is 48 to 84 inches in length will adequately fit a window up to 72 inches wide. This size is the most common window you will find in many homes.
How long should curtain rods be? Additionally, be sure to choose a curtain rod that’s wider than your window. This allows curtains to be pulled completely to the side of the window and makes the space feel larger. The rod itself should be 8 to 12 inches longer than the window’s width, which allows for 4 to 6 inches on either side.
How far should a curtain rod extend past window? As a general rule, drapes will be open during the day, so make sure the curtain rod extends at least four inches on each side of the window’s inside frame. To create the illusion of a wider window, extend the rod up to 10 inches beyond the window’s frame.
Where should curtain rods be placed? Your best move is to hang curtains within 8 inches of the top of the window frame. For very tall windows, which are popular in many modern homes, that means placing the rod as close to the ceiling as possible—in fact, you might want to install rods designed to actually hang from the ceiling.