lining curtains with sheets – If it comes to home decorating, curtain rods are just as important of a factor as the curtain fabric. Curtain rods can be found in a number of contemporary, elegant and sleek designs and colours with ornamental styles and knobs that can be matched to complement any type of decor and furniture.
The very first thing to do, and the most critical, when it comes to hanging curtains or making rods, is to ensure you make precise measurements. You should measure the width of the windows, allowing for a couple of added inches on both sides. Curtain rods can be made from several materials, including PVC, steel, wood or aluminum. You can purchase various ornaments and decorative knobs to put at the ends of the pole. You can find these at local hardware stores, or even the big box stores such as Home Depot and Lowes. Another innovative and crafty idea is to utilize kitchen hooks as curtain pole holders. These can be inserted by screwing them in above or on the side of these windows, remembering to thread the curtain rings (if desired) before screwing the knobs at each end.
Kinds of curtain rods
Whether you are deciding to make your brand new curtain rods as a do-it-yourself project, or pick from the various styles available on the current market, it is important to know which type of curtain rod you’ll need to match your decor.
- One type, known as cafe rods, can be employed with or without rings. These are typically used for hand-drawn curtains or tie-tab curtains, and can be found in several different finishes.
- Wide curtain rods are primarily employed for corner and bay windows because the corner straps make these convenient for this type of window.
- Sash rods are often employed for stretched curtains on doors and to allow the curtains to hang closer to the glass surface. They attach at both top and bottom.
- Narrow curtain rods are often used where the drape fabric is quite sheer. Choosing a pole which is very clear or translucent is a good idea for these.
Installation curtain rods
First and foremost, decide whether you want to mount the curtain pole on the window frame or the wall. On consideration here is that frequently frames are made from oak or other high-quality woods, and you might not wish to drill into them. Plaster or sheetrock walls are extremely simple to patch if you alter decor afterwards. To determine the appropriate positioning hold up the pole to the wall using a long carpenters amount over the pole to make sure you’ve got the pole level. (Very much a two-person endeavor!) Also mark the positioning of the brackets on the wall or frame using a pencil. When doing this, you might wish to have the curtains mounted on the pole, if there’s a question about how they will appear, or their dangling length. Normally the brackets are placed three to six inches past the border of the window. Next, drill holes over the pen marks to affix the anchors through the bracket, making quite sure you are using the appropriate bit size. Finally, position the curtain rods into the brackets. If the pole is a bit longer, you might need to put in a center bracket to support the pole and the curtains, to avoid sagging. You need to make sure you utilize wall attachments that will properly support the weight of all the rods and curtains. Most fasteners will define the weight that they can safely support. The last step in installing curtain rods is to fix the rods and brackets before dressing the windows with curtains, draperies or valances.
Originally posted 2017-08-05 15:15:32.