How To Install Your Own Curtain Rails Like An Expert
When you install curtains in your home, you will find that you can drastically upgrade the way that the home looks with very little work. This will not take long and it will not be difficult. It will, however, make everything in the home look elegant and comfortable. You can use these to hide old window trim boards, or you can use them over windows that are pristine just to make them look that much better. They look especially good in the bedroom, where you can tie them back in the morning to watch the sunrise. If you want to install these yourself, though, you need to make sure that you know what you are doing.
Step One: Measuring
The first step is just to measure the area where they are going to hang. You must decide if you want to hang two separate curtain rails or if you just want to hang one that is long. You then need to measure over the window to see how long the rail will need to be. Remember that you want the rail to be a bit longer than the windows themselves. You also want to measure the distance to the ceiling - to make sure that the fabric will not rub against it when it is being pulled aside - and the distance to the ground.
Step Two: Hanging The Supports
Curtains have to be hung on rails, and these in turn have to be hung on supports. You will mount these before you try to put the rail across. You may want to check the rail to see that it is the right length first, but then you can set it aside and concentrate on the support brackets. You will have at least two - one on each end - though you may have more in the middle. You need to screw them into the wall. Attached them to studs when you can. When you cannot, use drywall screws to give them extra support.
Step Three: Putting Up The Curtain Rail
With the brackets in place, you just have to set the rail across them. You may want to run some screws down through the rail and into the brackets. It all depends how they are designed. The screws can keep the rail from turning and shifting so that the curtains move easily. Do not put them in a place where they will impede the movement of the fabric itself. You can also put screws into the ends of the rail, through the end brackets, so that they will be more out of the way.
Step Four: Hanging The Fabric
With that done, all that is left is to hang the fabric for the curtains themselves. How you do this also depends on the design. Most of the time, you need to insert rings into the fabric. These can then be put around the rail so that the curtain can slide back and forth without getting caught up on anything.
Kieron Casey is a BA (Hons) Journalism graduate who blogs regularly on a number of topics including home decorating, DIY and curtains.