How to fit your own curtain poles and tracks – Part 5

Posted by on Oct 7, 2009 in Curtains, Tips & Techniques | No Comments

OK, so this has been a bit of a marathon course on how to put up your own curtain poles and tracks. We don’t make any apologies for this though (sorry!) as there is SO MUCH that can go wrong when you’re doing this yourself, so you need a guide that assumes nothing and covers everything. This is however the final part of our professional curtain fitter’s guide. We’ll be showing you how to get your pole or track level and how to hang your curtains.

Getting your curtain pole or track level

You have by now marked the location of the bracket back plate on each side of your window (see Part 3 of this Guide for a reminder). If you are confident that your floor, window recess and ceiling are all level you can now drill the holes for your second bracket, repeating the procedure outlined in Part 3 of this Guide. If however either the window recess or ceiling is not level (often the case in old houses), a pole that is perfectly level by the spirit level may to the naked eye look like it is sloping. So here is one final trick to get round this problem:
Hang the pole on the bracket you have already fixed to the wall, and ask someone to hold the pole and second bracket in the desired position. Then step back and check that the pole looks level:

A final check to ensure your curtain pole is level
A final check to ensure your curtain pole is level

If to make it look level you need to raise or lower the pole away from the cross that you have provisionally marked on the wall, hold the pole in its adjusted position and draw a pencil line around the circumference of the bracket. Once you have done this, remove the pole and bracket and place the back plate in the centre of the circle you have drawn (as in the picture below), so that you can mark off the screw holes and affix your back plate to the wall as outlined above.

A simple trick to help you get your curtain bracket back plate in exactly the right position
A simple trick to help you get your curtain bracket back plate in exactly the right position

You will then be in a position to secure your pole to the brackets with the screws provided (or otherwise, as the manufacturer directs).

Moghul Tip: All curtain poles (except perhaps highly polished, hard wood poles) will benefit from being polished or spayed with silicone prior to the curtains being hung. Poles with a matt paint finish merit particular attention if the curtains are to draw properly.

Silicon Spray will make your curtains glide effortlessly - on old and new tracks
Silicon Spray will make your curtains glide effortlessly – on old and new tracks

Silicone Spray is the easiest to use as you simply spray the pole and wipe away the excess, but any household polish or spray should suffice. If using household polish spray a little polish into a duster, apply this to the top of the pole and then gently buff to a polished finish. Repeat this procedure every 3-6 months or as necessary when the curtains become difficult to draw. It is AMAZING what a difference this makes, and even more surprising how few people know about this trick.

Moghul Tip: To achieve a professional and long lasting finish “dress” your curtains once you have hung them by first organising the folds of the curtain and then loosely tying a ribbon or other strip of fabric around the curtain. Leave the curtain in this way for a couple of days and you will find that it returns to its dressed state much more readily each time you open the curtains.

Dress your Curtains after Hanging
Dress your Curtains after Hanging

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