Installing Curtain Rods

Draperies and curtains generally require something that they slide on for opening and closing as well as something to keep them on the wall or over the window. Curtains are used for many purposes including as window coverings as well as to divide a room and provide privacy. Installing curtain rods that are more than about four feet in length usually requires a center support as well as the two ends being supported.

When you begin installing a curtain rod, you may want to consider using a level to set a line for the curtain rod to follow. When you are up close to the wall where you are placing the rod, it is difficult to determine if it is level or not. While a slight variation in the straight line will be barely noticeable, a various of about one-half inch will be very eye catching from a distance.

If you are installing a long silk curtain rod, you may want to consider placing the center bracket first. This will help you to ensure that the two ends are lined up properly. Even when using a level and drawing a line, it can be difficult to get the line straight.

There are various types of curtain rods. There are rods that require a locking end which secures them and there are rods that are known as decorative rods that snap into u-shaped brackets. These brackets allow the curtain rod to move slightly, helping to cover the window fully.

To install a curtain rod, you will likely need a drill and sometimes a hammer. The drill can be used to start the hole for the mounting screws as well as double as a screw driver for the screws. Certain types of curtain rods require the mounting brackets to be nailed to the wall rather than using screws.

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