How to Fit a Curtain Pole



There are many different methods of hanging curtains and drapes, ranging from simple rings on a wooden pole to complex tracks that are often cord operated and may even be motor driven. Poles can be wooden or metal, while tracks are either metal or plastic. The choice depends on the style of decor, and also to some extent on the curtains themselves, as some heading styles work better with one type than another. Check with the supplier to see which track style will work best.

Fixing curtain tracks can be tricky on a masonry wall. The top of the window opening may be bridged by a reinforced concrete or galvanized-steel beams, concealed behind the plaster. The problem lies in making firm fixings into this beam, as drilling concrete at a precise spot to make ita wall plug and screw can be difficult,you will need a cavity fixing such as a spring toggle for a steel beam. It is often easier either to fit the track the beam, or to put up a wooden support strip first and then attach the track to that. If the worst comes to the worst, you could use a ceiling mounted track. Fixing tracks to wood framed walls, by contrast, could not be easier. You can fix the brackets anywhere on the wooden beans over the window opening.



FITTING CURTAIN (DRAPERY) POLES AND TRACKS

1. Draw a pencil guideline on the wall, and mark the bracket position, along it. Attach the bracket bases after drilling and/or  plugging the holes

2 Slot in the bucket extensions and tighten the locking screws. Slide in the pole, in the rings and finial, and screw through the brackets into the pole.



PUTTING UP A ROLLER BLIND (SHADE)

A roller blind, as its Marne implies, consists of a length of material — usually fabric – wound on to a roller that is mounted in brackets close to the window. It can be used instead of curtains and drapes for a simple, uncluttered effect, or in conjunction with them, if for example, extra shade is required in a sunny window.

1. Screw the roller brackets to the frame close to the top corners, with the fixing flanges facing inwards so that you have to use a screwdriver.



2 Cut the roller and fabric to the required width, and insert the pin caps at each end to match the brackets—one is round.

3 Hang the roller on its brackets, then pull down to cheek the tension. If it will not enact, lift off the ratchet end, roll up and replace it.



PUTTING UP A CURTAIN (DRAPERY) TRACK

1. Decide at what level to fit the track, and use a pencil and spirit level to draw a guideline on the wall surface. Extend the line at the sides.

2. Drill holes for wall plugs in a masonry wall, or make pilot holes in a wood-frame done, at the spacings recommended in the instructions. Fit the brackets.



3. If you need to use a ceiling-mounted track, locate the joist or joists and screw a support strip into place. Attach the track brackets to the support strip.

4. If you have to fit lengths of track together to cope with wide windows, you must use special
connectors that do not interfere with the runners.

5. Mount the track on the brackets. Here, this is done by totalling a locking earn via a small lever on other types there is locking screw.

6. Fit the curtain hooks to the heading tape, then clip the hooks to the track. Some types have hooks on the track already, in which case you can simply hook on the curtains.



TIP

Before you buy your curtain (drapery) pole or track, measure the width of the window carefully, and add extra width at the sides. The amount you add will depend on the bulk of the curtains, and flow much space they will take up when they are open. With a narrow window, it is important to allow enough width for the pole or track so that the curtains do not obscure the window at all.

Screw the roller brackets to the frame lose to the top corners, with the fixing flanges facing inwards so that you have to use a screwdriver.

MAKING AN OVERLAP

If you require a curtain overlap, form an S-bend on a length of track so that it overlaps the track behind. Clip the extension bracket to the tracks and screw the bracket to the wall.