Kitchen curtain rod guide and installation instructions

In the design of the window, the cornice plays no less a role than the curtains themselves. For those who have to solve the window issue, we have prepared a small overview of all types of structures, tips on how to choose the right cornice in length, diameter and design, as well as a selection of video instructions for self-assembly.

Making measurements

Before choosing a curtain rod for curtains in the kitchen, you need to measure the width of the window opening and calculate the length of the curtain rod using the following formula:

  • Standard length of eaves (when mounted to the ceiling or wall) = width of the window opening + 30-50 cm.
  • The length of the cornice when installed inside the window niche = the width between the two walls of the window niche – (minus) the thickness of the fasteners.

By the way, with the help of a longer or shorter cornice, you can neutralize the disadvantages of a window in the kitchen..

  • A too narrow window will appear wider if you hang the cornice longer;
  • A window that is too wide can be reduced by selecting the cornice exactly according to its width..

Guide to the types of cornices

Stained glass (telescopic)

Description: A small round or rectangular curtain rod that is adjustable in length and attached to the window frame. Suitable for stained glass “hourglass” curtains (pictured below) and cafe curtains.

  • Stained glass cornice with tulle in the interior of the kitchen
  • Stained glass cornice with tulle in the interior of the kitchen

When is it recommended: this type of curtain rod is ideal for classic interiors, as well as for Provence, country, shabby chic kitchens. Stained glass curtains (respectively, the cornice too) is just a godsend if there is a sink near the window.

Made from: metal or plastic.

Fastening: the strips can be attached to the frame with self-adhesive hooks, with crutch screws and small bracket-holders (pictured below). Most often, telescopic curtain rods are threaded into the pocket of curtains, but if desired, they can be hung on rings, hinges and clothespins.

Fastening the telescopic cornice to the window frame

Fastening the telescopic cornice to the window frame

Rod (round)

Description: a round cornice that performs not only a practical, but also a decorative function, since the curtains do not cover it. Depending on your idea and the weight of the curtains, you can choose a rod with a diameter of 16 to 35 mm. And how to choose a cornice that is suitable in length? There are three solutions here:

  • Buy a product in a specialized curtain shop, where they will cut a curtain rod of the required length to order.
  • Buy an extendable bar and adjust its length yourself.
  • Buy a whole barbell with a margin of length and shorten it using a miter box or a hacksaw yourself.
  • Buy two curtain rods of the same diameter and length, connect them using a special connector and, if necessary, shorten both rods.

The edges of the rod cornice must be covered with decorative tips.

  • Rod cornice in the interior of the kitchen
  • Rod cornice in the interior of the kitchen

When is it recommended: This type of cornice is the most traditional and versatile. Cornices made of wood and wrought iron are suitable for interiors in Provence and country style. In a classic-style kitchen, eaves made of bronze-colored metal (pictured above), brass, antique gold, etc. will be organic. with tips in the form of cones, arrows or balls. For a modern interior, chrome, white or black cornice with laconic tips is most likely suitable..

Made from: wood, metal or plastic.

Mounting: depending on the brackets chosen, the bar can be hung not only to the wall, but also to the ceiling and between walls. In addition, you can choose from brackets for installing the curtain rod in two or three rows..

Further, the video presents a detailed master class on the installation of a two-row rod cornice with your own hands.


Description: A tire cornice is a strip with grooves, into which hooks for curtains are attached. Its peculiarity is that it is practically invisible above the curtains. Tires are two-row and three-row, their length is adjusted independently or made up of two tires, in addition, they can be connected to rotary modules.

Tire cornice

In what cases it is recommended: the tire cornice is especially relevant for wide windows, windows with access to the balcony, and also, if you do not want to complement the curtains with any unnecessary details.

Made of: white plastic.

Fastening: the tires are usually attached to the ceiling, but in combination with brackets can also be attached to the wall.

Below is a video instruction on how to hang a ceiling cornice.

Decorative tire

Description: this is the same tire cornice, but supplemented with a decorative molding made of wood or plastic, imitating wood, with elements of gilding, carving and other decor. In the next photo you can see how such a structure can look in the interior of the kitchen..

Decorative tire cornice in the interior of the kitchen

Electric cornice

Description: An electric cornice is a profile with hooks for hanging curtains, equipped with an electric drive, which allows you to control the curtains manually and remotely – through a remote control, a stationary button or even through an Iphone (Smart Home system). This cornice is available for sliding and Roman blinds, Japanese panels. In addition, a flexible curtain rod for windows of complex shapes can be equipped with an electric drive..

Electric cornice design

The price of electrically operated curtain rods can vary greatly depending on the size of the curtain rod, the weight of the curtains (for example, a curtain rod for tulle will cost much less than for curtains), the type of control, the presence of a timer, etc..

In what cases it is recommended: The electrically driven cornice is especially relevant for hard-to-reach windows and windows of complex shapes. And also such a technological cornice is simply created for a high-tech kitchen..

Made of: metal (aluminum, steel) or plastic.

Fastening: the electric cornice can be attached to both the ceiling and the wall.

String (tension)

Description: string cornice is a structure consisting of a steel cable (up to 8 mm in diameter) and two metal fasteners. It can be single-row, double-row and three-row. In operation, tension curtain rods are very convenient and simple.

When is it recommended: String curtain rods fit perfectly into modern interiors and are especially suitable for hanging light curtains and tulle.

Made from: metal.

Mounting: can be installed to the ceiling or to the wall.

The photo below shows the popular Dignitet string cornice from Ikea.

  • String cornice Ikea
  • String cornice Ikea


Description: this type can be called an improved version of the profile cornice due to the fact that the profile in this case is equipped with a rail system. A skid cornice can be supplemented with a plastic baguette imitating wood, metal, stucco, etc. A profile without a baguette can be made in any color – from antique bronze to chrome.

Made from: metal and plastic.

Mounting: can be fixed to the ceiling or to the wall.


Description: a profile that can bend and can be fixed in the desired direction with the help of special fasteners.

In what cases it is recommended: flexible curtain rods are designed to decorate complex window openings (arched, pointed, corner or bay window (pictured), as well as if the kitchen has round walls.

Flexible cornice in the design of the bay window

Made from: aluminum or plastic.

Mounting: can be fixed to the ceiling or to the wall.

And here is a video on how to fix a flexible plastic curtain rod.

General recommendations

  • The smaller the diameter or thickness of the cornice, the lighter the curtains should be and vice versa..
  • The more complex and elegant the design of the fabric, the more laconic the cornice can be and vice versa..
  • If the ceiling in the kitchen is low, it is recommended to give preference to the ceiling cornice or install a wall cornice, but slightly higher than the upper edge of the window niche.
  • The color of the cornice should be combined with curtains, kitchen furniture handles, a chandelier or other interior details..
  • To ensure that the curtain always stays on the edge of the rod, do not forget to place one ring between the mount and the tip during installation..
  • The clips can be alternated with round rings, then the curtains will hold on tight.
  • If the length of the curtain rod is more than 2.4 m, and also if the curtains are very heavy, then for reliability, a third bracket should be installed in the middle..
  • To prevent the kitchen curtains from getting dirty when they are opened and closed, add the curtains with a special driver bar.

And finally, we suggest watching a story on how to choose the right cornice, brackets, rings and runners.