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Curtain Installation Cost

Curtain Installation Cost

National average
$600 - $2,000
(installing linen curtains on eight, 27-inch standard windows)
Low: $400 - $600

(acrylic, cotton)

High: $2,000 - $5,000

(faux silk, automated opening and shutting system)

Cost to install curtains varies greatly by region (and even by zip code).
Get free estimates from window treatment specialists in your city.

 The average cost to install curtains is $600 - $2,000.

In this guide

Curtain Size and Rod Installation
Curtain Material
Curtain Hardware
Labor
Enhancements
Additional Considerations and Costs
FAQ

How Much Does It Cost to Install Curtains?

Installing curtains adds ambiance to any room in the home and forms an integral component of most interior designers’ checklists. Curtains can change the look and feel of any room in your home, make it lighter or darker, while enhancing your decor. Therefore, you should make a careful and informed choice for the type the curtains you install. Curtains can be categorized by fabric, color, window width, height, linings, and whether they are ready-made or custom-made, and all of these things can affect the final cost.

Typically, it averages $600 - $2,000, with the average customer paying $1,300 for installing linen curtains on eight, 27-inch standard windows.

Curtain Installation

Curtain installation costs
National average cost$1,300
Average range$600-$2,000
Minimum cost$400
Maximum cost$5,000


Curtain Size and Rod Installation

The height and length of your curtain depends on the actual dimensions of the window and whether or not you’ll be using the curtains to make your windows appear wider or higher than they really are. Curtains are normally installed six inches above the window frame, but you can install them higher to create a more dramatic look. Curtain panel measurements extend from the top of the panel to the bottom hem, so be sure to take that extra measurement into consideration when ordering.

In addition to determining the total curtain length, knowing the position of the curtain above the window trim helps you to determine where and how to install the curtain rod. To get the width of your curtains, add 4-8 inches on either side of the window, and double the measurement for fullness. The extra inches around the perimeter of the window frame help to block any light, but do require the curtain rod to also extend beyond the window frame by the same dimensions to allow for partial opening of the curtain, while making the window look wider.

Curtain Material

The final price of your curtains will also be affected by the material you choose to use. This table presents the most common curtain materials and their prices per window:

MaterialProsCons

Nylon

($5-$25)

Washable

Available widely in many colors

Synthetic

May shrink when laundered

Sheer; doesn't offer privacy

Acrylic

($7-$50)

Sun resistant

Stain resistan

Not eco-friendly

Not-durable unless blended with natural fibers

Voile

($9-$60)

Sheer and transparent

Widely available

Polyester/Cotton blend

Doesn't provide

Non-insulative

Cotton

($10-$50)

Eco-friendly

Available in many colors, prints and weights

Washable

May shrink

Deteriorates after long use

Bamboo

($30-$100)

Eco-friendly

Soft

Easy to care

Longevity

Not widely available

Pricier than comparable options

Linen

($50-$200)

Eco-friendly

Washable

Available in many colors and weights

Anti-microbial

Highly durable

Colors may fade

Will shrink when laundered

Velvet or damask ($50-$500)

Lons lasting, durable

Luxurious

Thick pile

Opaque-provides privacy

Expensive

Require special cleaning / laundering

May require sutom services, i.e alterations

Silk

($1,000)

Highly durable

Eco-friendly

Cool and sleek

Comes in different weights

Very expensive

Prone to sun damage

Some type of silk are not washable

Curtain Hardware

Curtains need several accessories such as rods, clips, finials 1, holdbacks, and tiebacks for their installation, which are available at different prices that will increase the final cost of your curtain installation.

  • Rods come complete with all accessories like screws and brackets 2 for fixing, and are available for $20-$200 depending on the materials (wood, aluminum, steel, or plastic) and their sizes, which can vary with the curtain weight and window length. Most metal rods are 1-inch diameter hollow tubes, while wood and plastic rods can be thicker.
  • Curtain rods may not include finals, which are decorative rod-ends that can come together with the curtain panel as a set, with the rod, or as a separate hardware at around $10-$80 per pair depending on the material.
  • Hanging clips or rings, if your curtains require them, cost from $5-$600 per set of ten, depending on the material, style, and quality. However, the most common ones range from $5-$25 per set, with only the very high-end ones costing up to $600 per set.
  • Holdbacks and tiebacks for holding the curtain back from the window to match the decorative rods or curtains cost $7-$70 per pair when sold separately, but they may also be sold together with the rod or curtain.

Labor

Before installation, determine where to hang your curtains to determine the required measurements for the curtain panels for a perfect fit before purchase. Curtains can be installed inside or outside your window casing, depending on the location of the curtain and the look you want to achieve there.

LocationProsCons
Outside

Improve the outdoor decor

Bacterial deterrent

Mosquito netting

Must be weather-proof

Less durable

Inside casing

Improve interior decor

Help to conserve energy

Add to room comfort

Make room look small

They host most in-house

pollutants

To install window curtains, professionals charge around $10-$20 per window for a project of eight windows, the cost will be around $80-$160in labor. The installation team comes with their own tools and can also do the measurements for you if you contact them in advance of purchase.

If you are hiring someone from out of town to install your curtains, they will typically charge for commute time at their average hourly rate, plus at least the national mileage reimbursement rate, which is just under $0.60 per mile.

Enhancement and Improvement Costs

Custom Curtains

Custom made curtains offer different benefits, such as the option to customize the dimensions of the curtain panels to your window size, as well as infinite design options in both material and style. These benefits make them more expensive than off-the-shelf curtains; they average between $250-$1,500 depending on the material, style, and size.

Layered Curtains

Curtains can be layered in ultra-thin translucent curtain panels, also called sheers, to filter sunlight while providing minimal privacy, usually accompanied by thicker curtains that can be rolled out according to light needs. These curtains cost $10-$100 per panel and vary with the material type, size, and brand.

Valances

A curtain may include a valance (a short piece of cloth that covers the uppermost part of the window hiding the rods), which enhances the window decor and lets light in. Typically, valances cost around $10-$50, but can go up to $600 for superior quality brands. They are mostly hung on kitchen windows.

Cornices

Cornices, which are constructed wooden boxes above window trims, are sometimes added to a window on top of the rod to disguise it, adding to the aesthetics of the window treatment. Their prices range from $150 to $600.

Traverse Rods

Traverse rods allow you to open and close curtain panels across window track systems using a draw cord, and cost around $20-$180.

Crank Systems

Curtains on high windows can be fitted with crank-systems to open by a pulley cord, and are available for between $100-$300.

Additional Considerations and Costs

  • If you are buying more than one curtain, some stores may give a discount on each set you purchase. Many stores adjust your discount according to the quantity you purchase, and you can easily end up with a 10%-30% savings on each curtain.
  • Installing curtains on high windows significantly raises the cost, sometimes by as much as 100% due to the need for specialized equipment for operating and installing the curtains.
  • Curtains can reduce room heat loss or gain by acting as insulation, lowering energy consumption by air-conditioners and heaters by 10%-40%. For example, multi-layered curtains made of tightly woven silk or satin act as thermal insulators and prevent heat transfer between room and outside air; they are available for $20-$150 per panel.
  • Bathroom curtains need to be sturdier than others given the level 3 of privacy needed. Therefore, lined curtains are the best option. They also need to be made of a fabric that is weather-resistant to stand the high humidity and heat changes.
  • For bathrooms and kitchen windows, floor-to-ceiling curtains should be avoided due to the wet floors and high traffic that may damage to hems, and which necessitates regular cleaning. If possible, other types of window treatments, such as blinds, may be better options for kitchens and bathrooms.

FAQ

  • How do you install drapes?

Depending on the type of drapes you choose, it starts with installation of rods and their hardware. Draperies typically involve traverse rods, which allow you to open and close curtain panels across window track systems using a draw cord. These special rods cost around $20-$180 each.

  • How long does it take to install curtain rods?

The time it will take to install your curtain rods varies, from the instant installation of spring tension style curtain rods to more conventional rods that require specialized hardware, which could take as long as 30-45 minutes per window.

  • How do you install drapery tracks?

To install drapery tracks, you will need a drill, screwdriver, miter saw, and level 3, laser style if possible. It is best to secure your tracks to studs or joists for support. Most of the tracks that you buy don’t have pre-made holes for mounting 4, but you can use your drill on aluminum tracks without issue. You can save yourself a lot of trouble by hiring a handyman (at an average of $60-$90 per hour) or other professional to install the tracks for you.

  • How much does it cost to have blinds installed?

It typically costs around $345-$750 to install window blinds on eight average-size windows in a home.

  • How much do window coverings cost?

For standard-size curtains, (measuring 15-50 inches), most homeowners spend between $5-$100 per set of two curtain panels, depending on the style, material, and brand, though imported silk may run as high as $1,000 per set.

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Remodeling Terms Cheat Sheet

Definitions in laymen's terms, cost considerations, pictures and things you need to know.
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1 Finials: It is a metal rod with a pointed or round tip that allows the lightning to be caught and safely diffused through conductor cables to ground rods buried in a safe place. All three components together make up a complete lightning protection system
glossary term picture Bracket 2 Brackets: A support that projects outward from one surface to hold another surface to it, such as attaching a shelf to a wall or piece of furniture. Brackets can also be used to strengthen joins between two materials
3 Level: The process of evening out the ground's surface, making it either flat or sloped.
4 Mounting: A support on which something is attached or hung

Cost to install curtains varies greatly by region (and even by zip code). To get free estimates from local contractors, please indicate yours.

Opened linen curtains installed in a casement window

Labor cost by city and zip code

Compared to national average
Aldie, VA
+15%
Alpharetta, GA
+9%
Arlington, VA
+38%
Atlanta, GA
+24%
Austin, TX
+13%
Bethlehem, CT
+19%
Birmingham, MI
+37%
Boca Raton, FL
0%
Bronx, NY
+32%
Brooklyn, NY
+16%
Brookshire, TX
+8%
Cape Coral, FL
-9%
Charlotte, NC
+6%
Clayton, NC
-31%
Clearwater, FL
-14%
Columbus, OH
+5%
Dallas, TX
+10%
Danville, IL
-25%
Denver, CO
+1%
Dublin, OH
+13%
Fairfax, VA
+18%
Fort Lauderdale, FL
+2%
Fort Myers, FL
-7%
Fort Worth, TX
+6%
Fresno, CA
-6%
Frisco, TX
+23%
Hialeah, FL
-2%
Hollywood, FL
0%
Homestead, FL
-2%
Honolulu, HI
+35%
Houston, TX
+24%
Jacksonville, FL
-1%
Jersey City, NJ
+23%
Jupiter, FL
-21%
Lafayette, IN
-10%
Lake Worth, FL
-2%
Las Vegas, NV
+7%
Lawndale, CA
+9%
Los Angeles, CA
+11%
Mesa, AZ
-2%
Miami, FL
+1%
Middletown, DE
+9%
Minneapolis, MN
+25%
Naples, FL
-3%
Norcross, GA
+16%
Opa Locka, FL
-1%
Orlando, FL
+2%
Palm Coast, FL
-32%
Phoenix, AZ
0%
Pompano Beach, FL
+2%
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