How to Hang Curtains in a Tricky Basement Window

Do you have a basement window like this? The top of the window lines up with the top of the concrete wall, and then there’s an exposed wood wall receded back a couple of inches behind the concrete.

How do you hang curtains in this situation? It can be done with wood blocks. Follow this easy tutorial.

Figuring out how to hang curtains in a tricky basement window with an uneven wall

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Trick for Hanging Basement Curtains



1. Measure the depth/distance from your concrete wall to your wood wall.

2. Find a wood block as thick as that distance, or close to it, and cut the wood to fit the space and hold your curtain rod bracket. In my case, a 2×4 cut about 6-8 inches long made a good base to fill the space and hold the bracket.

Using a wood block to provide a surface for a curtain rod bracket

3. Cut a matching wood block for each space where you will hang a curtain rod bracket.

4. Screw each wood block into your wood wall, just above the concrete wall, where each bracket will go. The goal is to be close to flush with the concrete. My 2×4 wasn’t quite flush but worked well, since the bracket will stick out farther so it doesn’t have to be perfect.

5. Paint the wood blocks to blend in with the wall behind them.

6. Attach your curtain rod brackets to the wood blocks and hang the curtains.

Curtains hanging in tricky basement window

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Final Touches

To give my curtains a retro look, I bunched them up and used a simple black rubber band as a curtain tie for each panel.

I see a basement remodel in my future. In addition to decluttering, this laundry room needs paint and floor refinishing. I haven’t even begun those projects, but at least the curtains are in place!

Now I’m accepting votes on which color to paint this room. My top choice is my favorite shade of mod pink. I’m also considering the other colors I’ve used in the house: aqua, vanilla white or yellow. I’m pretty sure at least one wall needs to be pink, though.

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10 thoughts on “How to Hang Curtains in a Tricky Basement Window”

  1. Tara, I don’t know about the color for the rest of the room, but I think some of your fav aqua on that galvanized metal outside the window would add a fun punch of color.

  2. I believe I would either go with the mod pink (love anything pink!) or the yellow for a nice cheery laundry/storange room!! Love the kitty curtains (of course! 😉 )

  3. I’m late to the party, but I did a Google search because I want to get a curtain for a basement window of mine. My window dimensions are 33″X20″. I don’t see any size for the curtain that you used. What size curtain would you recommend for me? I would think that 24″ L would work, but I’m not sure of the width. A common size is 56″ W, but I’m not sure if that would make it look too “scrunchy”.

    • Hi Jason, I’ve seen a lot of decor sites recommend total curtain width of 2-3 times the width of a window, so two 56″ panels might be leaning on the scrunchy side but could work. My windows are about the same size as yours, and each of these curtain panels is 25″ wide x 32″ tall (totaling 50″ curtain width for each 33″ wide window). It may help to hang the curtain brackets several inches away from the window, giving you more room for the scrunched up panels on each side without blocking the window.


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