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A Solution For Hanging Curtains On Tricky Windows

Scratching your head on how to hang curtains on awkward windows? Check out this tutorial for a non-traditional method that I learned from a design show house and have used in our last three homes.

Hanging curtains from cabinet knobs

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I absolutely love all the light from our two bay windows in our dining room, but they are super awkward. The windows are actually different styles and one of them has a bunch of funky wall angles, plus a built-in cabinet under it, that make using bay window rods with corner joints a bit of a nightmare.


I could have just gone with roman shades on all the windows but I didn’t want to block any natural light in here, plus I figured curtains might disguise the weird mismatched window situation, and I’m a big fan of simple straight drapes anyway. To hang curtains on the awkward angles and pull this room together, I opted to use a clever trick I saw at a design show house many years ago:  using ring clips to hang curtains from cabinet knobs.


This method allows you to hang the rings on various walls with an angle situation like I have, and allows the curtain curve as needed. A quick tutorial:one


Cabinet knobs (the exact ones I used are no longer available, but these are very similar and come in a pack of 10. I used 7 per window.) There are so many pretty decorative knobs you could use for this project; see a few of my favorites at the end of this post.
Hanger bolts (or as I like to call them, double sided screws) – you only need these if the knobs you choose have a screw that is intended go through the cabinet door and screw into the knob. Some knobs have the screw attached and are secured with a bolt on the inside of the cabinet, in which case you don’t need hanger bolts.
To determine the right size hanger bolts for your knobs, I recommend taking a knob with you to the hardware store and fitting it there to find the best one. These 8-32 x 1-1/2 ones were perfect for the cabinet knobs I bought.





Use a level to draw a very light line with a pencil,


then measure, mark and drill pilot holes for your hanger bolts. Make sure the pilot hole is smaller than the screw size. Erase your guide line.

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To attach the rings to the curtains I hand sewed each ring to the back of the curtains, about 1″ from the top. I also used this opportunity to line the curtains with a white sheet I cut in half, and also to hem the curtains by folding down the top to the desired length. Then I sewed the ring clips on through the two layers of the curtain and the lining. This part is a little time-consuming but I did sewed on the rings to each curtain panel over a couple winter evenings while we watched TV in front of a fire, so it wasn’t that tedious!  As you can see, I didn’t even bother to take off the clips; they are hidden anyway.


A bit of ironing was in order, then up they went on the knobs.


The panels that are on the angle would hang beautifully if not for my cabinet, but I don’t mind how they sashay out like that. Gotta work with what you’ve got! See how the knobs wrap around the 3 angles of that corner on the right window?


Facing these windows hung on the funky angles, they look straight and frame out the window prettily.


I like that for my awkward windows, the hardware is not a major focal point….it’s a subtle little detail and hanging the curtains this way allows me to have the full length panels I wanted, and give the windows the illusion of being the same.




If your curtain panels are not lined or heavy, you may opt to attach the rings to the panels with this great trick that I use all the time!! 

How to hide curtain ring clips.



When I hung stenciled drop cloth curtains a few years back, I used rings with clips, folding down the top of the panel so it was the right length, with the clip exposed. This is the quickest way to get your curtains hung up!

However, if you have the time and inclination, sewing the rings in does make a nicer finished product. Here is the difference between using the clips and sewing the rings in or using the pinch and clip method.


So much more finished looking without the clips (now I need to sew in the rings on curtains all around our house!)


If you don’t want to go the subtle route with the hardware, just think of all the beautiful and interesting knobs out there that you could use to hang your curtains!! Kinda makes me think it’s time to add a little bling to mine.


1 | Mother Of Pearl    2 | Clear Glass    3 | Faceted Ory

4 | Feather Imprint   5 | Multicolored Floral Knob 

Gold Rings   |   Silver Rings


I hope this little tutorial helps those of you who are struggling to figuring out how to hang curtains on weird and wacky walls!

Wishing you a happy weekend friends!


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Wednesday 6th of January 2021

Hi, great tutorial on the curtains. Where did you purchase the dining table with the white legs in the picture with the black rattan chairs and purple flowers in vase on the table? Thank you


Sunday 7th of February 2021

Hi Kimberly, the table is from Craigslist. You can read about the makeover I gave it here:

The cane back black chairs are from a thrift store. Their makeover can be found here:

Carrie Johnson

Tuesday 3rd of November 2020

I love your curtains, where are they from?


Friday 1st of January 2021

Hi Carrie, they were from West Elm but have been discontinued!

Adelina Priddis

Tuesday 18th of October 2016

That is so cute! I love this idea, and just may have to use it in our next home - wacky windows or not.


Tuesday 18th of October 2016

Hi and thank you Adelina! I used it in our last house too with crystal (well, acrylic, but they looked like crystal!) knobs. Hope you are well! Thanks for stopping by!!

Melissa @ Polished Habitat

Sunday 16th of October 2016

Such a creative idea! I love the look with the rings sewn-in.


Sunday 16th of October 2016

Thanks Melissa! I like the rings sewn in better too.

Design Chic

Saturday 15th of October 2016

What a terrific tutorial and great way to solve a tricky issue...they look amazing, Lisa! Happy weekend!


Sunday 16th of October 2016

Thank you so much Beth and/or Kristy :) Your comments are always so sweet!