Have you ever wondered the proper way on how to hang curtains? When it comes to hanging curtains, how it is done depends on what type and size of the window you are working with. You may need to know how to hang curtain rods. Larger windows require more hardware for support when hanging curtain rods. Windows with an arch and no wall to separate the arch from the standard shape window beneath may need brackets. Wider windows may need a different kind of hardware all together.
If you have a wall of windows in your room it may be wiser to install a track system or even a wire rod instead of the standard curtain rod. With a track system at the ceiling you can easily open and close the curtain without the need for a pulley system built in. A wire rod system will call for small grommets to be placed at the top of your curtain so it will run smoothly across the wire. This system also will not require a pulley system. Always use your safety gear and good common sense when installing anything.
To install a track you will need a helper, two ladders, a level, chalk line maker or pencil, screws, and a screwdriver or drill with a screwdriver attachment. Insert the clips into the track if it doesn’t come pre-assembled. These clips are what your curtain will be connected with. Use your level to create a straight line that your track will follow and mark it with chalk or a pencil. Once you’ve created the line place the track along mark on the ceiling with the clips hanging toward the floor. Attach the track to the ceiling with screws. If the material for your curtains is heavy you should install anchors in your ceiling to coincide with your screws before you attach the track.
The process for installing a wire rod is different because with a wire rod you will have support brackets at either end with nothing in the middle. You will need a ladder, a level, chalk or a pencil, wire cutters, a screwdriver, screws, and your wire rod accruement. Use your level to mark where your wall-mounted brackets will be placed and how many you will need. If your material is heavy it is wise to install anchors before attaching the brackets to the walls. After you have installed the brackets connect the wire to one end and insert the wire through the grommets at the top of your curtain. Once your curtain is on the wire run it through the other end bracket. Be sure to secure the wire and cut off any excess. Tighten the wire to the proper tautness following the directions that came in the package. Step back and gauge how your curtain is hanging. You may need to tighten the wire further.
A standard rod for your window curtains usually has brackets on the wall that your rod then fits into. Occasionally, depending on the size of the window, you will have a middle support bracket to keep the rod from bowing. For this task you’ll need a ladder or stepstool depending on the height of your window, a level, measuring tape, a pencil, a drill, screwdriver, and the screws and hardware of your rod. Use your measuring tape to determine the length of your rod and transfer that length to the wall with your pencil. Use your level to make sure your brackets will be level and mark where they will go on the wall with your pencil. Drill pilot holes for the screws with your drill and then place the bracket against the wall lining up the hole in the bracket with the pilot hole you made in the wall. Screw in the screws to attach the brackets securely to the wall. If your curtains are heavy it is smart to install an anchor in each pilot hole before screwing in the bracket. Place your curtain on the rod and then set the rod securely in to the brackets.
Don’t forget to clean up your workspace and fluff your curtains before stepping back to enjoy a job well done. With your window curtains now installed you can enjoy your space without the worry of your privacy being invaded. Well done.