Search: I Can Fix Up My Home

powered by FreeFind home page Read the blog Read electrical & appliances articles Read green building & energy efficiency articles Read home interior articles
Read home exterior articles Read drywall and framing articles Read plumbing articles Read painting and wallpaper articles Read tools and woodworking articles

How To Put Up Curtain Poles and Track

Economical Window Treatments are Easier to Install Than Ever

© 2011 by Kieron Casey all rights reserved; content may not be copied, rewritten, or republished without written permission.

Brown wallpaper and sofa, photo courtesy of Merala

Are you wondering how to put up curtain poles and track lines? If you are, you will be pleased to know that it is not too difficult.

You do not have to call in a professional to do the job for you, as you should be able to handle it on your own as long as you have the right tools.

This is something that many people do every day when they want to upgrade their home. They hang the curtains in the bedrooms, living rooms, offices, and in other rooms around the home, making the entire house look better and even raising the retail value of the home as a whole.

Measuring The Windows

One thing that you should never do is to buy the window treatment hardware before you have measured the space. Take a tape measure and run it along the top of the windows.

Remember that you can have poles that are too long if you have no choice, but you cannot have ones that are too short.

You may also want to measure the distance between the top of the windows and the ceiling. This will be important for window treatments that go around the top of the poles to hide them.

Hanging the Brackets, Poles, and Tracks

After you know what size of curtains you need to have, you can hang them over the windows. You should start by putting up the brackets.

you may want to run a level across the top so that you can make sure that the pole does not slant one way or the other.

Laser levels are ideal for jobs like this. The good news is that they are now so inexpensive that they are well in the reach of the average homeowner.

Measure from the ceiling down so that you get a consistent distance. Screw all of the brackets in with a power screw driver, making sure to hit the wood trim, the framing header, or something else sturdy, depending on your configuration.

The important thing to remember is that just screwing into the drywall or using those little plastic toggles that are always packaged with hardware will not work.

If for some reason you can’t hit wood, at the very least use E-Z Anchor™ drywall anchors.

Hanging the Fabric

Once you have the pole in place, you just have to run the fabric along it. There are different styles of window treatments, so this will be different depending on what you have. You may need to put clips on the pole first and then attach them to the fabric one at a time.

The fabric itself may go around the pole with hoops that are sewn into it. In some cases, you may want to create these hoops by folding the fabric over and sewing it down.

Getting To Work

Now that you know how to put up curtain poles and track lines, you can start working to make your house into the home that you have always imagined. You can change the entire home for the better in just a few short hours.

Make sure that you find curtains that match the decorations that you already have. If you can match them to the color of paint on the walls, they will accent this paint nicely and make every room beautiful.

Follow Me on Pinterest

About the author: Kieron Casey is a BA (Hons) Journalism graduate who blogs regularly on a number of topics including DIY and home improvement. He is writing on behalf of Custom Curtains.

More Window Treatment Articles

HTML Comment Box is loading comments...

Website © 2011 KSmith Media, LLC; all rights reserved; content may not be copied, rewritten, or republished without written permission. Webmaster’s Google profile


Get 3 FREE Heating and Cooling Estimates Now

Search from over
9000 products!

Save Ten With Angie's List!

Cooltan Tan-Through Shirts & Swimsuits

Return to the Interior Articles

Return to ICFUMH Homepage