How to Put Up a Draw Rod for Curtains


In this piece, I’ll discuss setting up a standard draw rod, a traversing curtain rod. Curtains, a good tape measure, wall anchors, drapery pins, and a rod should all be on hand.

Find out how wide your face is to begin. Split pull curtain rods require a width of at least 12 inches less than the sum of the curtain panels’ widths. For example, your face width is 78 if the sum of the two panels is 90. The 12 inches allows for a 2-4 inches return on both ends and in the middle. Now that you have the breadth of your face let’s say 78 inches, you can center it over the window. Your brackets will span this distance. Remember that you only need to remove 4 inches using a single-return curtain rod. In this case, 86 inches is obtained by deducting four from 90. If so, your facial width will be 86.

Measure your height in the second step. Get a tape measure and determine how high above the floor you want your drapes to hang. Say you only want them raised halfway off the ground. For a total height of 85 1/4 inches, for instance, you would take the length of your panels (85 inches) and add 1/4 inch. The distance between the ground and the top of your bracket will be this. In step four, I’ll explain why you need a quarter of an inch. Make sure you account for any inconsistencies in the floor’s surface.

Finally, attach the brackets. You should choose screws 1 3/4 inches to 2 inches long. If you do happen to hit a wooden support beam, this should be long enough to drive a screw all the way through. Use a reliable fastening, such as toggles, if you manage to avoid colliding with any beams. Plastic anchors aren’t reliable enough, so don’t bother with them.

Fourth, tally up your transports. Eight drapery pins are required for installation; two must be placed in the lead carriers and two in each return, and the remaining six must be placed in the small plastic pages that move back and forth in the rod. Pins and carriers should both have the same number of pins. There should be 21 plastic carriers in the rod for each panel if are 25 pins on the board (2 will clip into the lead carrier and two into the return). If there are too many carriers, the drapes won’t close.

Curtain pins are the fifth tip. Your curtain pins should be about a quarter of an inch below the header’s top. The outcome will be to raise the panels from the ground by half an inch. Adjust the curtain’s height above the floor by sliding the pin up or down.

This sixth phase is crucial. After the rod has been set up, you’ll notice plastic pin carriers and a lead or master pin carrier. That’s the more significant metal attachment on the back to which the string is tied. A finger is protruding from the master carrier’s back, and a line is attached there. Bring the rod together, closing the pages together. You can make a one-way draw by locking it to one side. Keep the carriers still and wrap the cable around your index finger, pointing down using a set of long-nose pliers. This procedure is outlined in the manual. The curtain rod won’t open and close smoothly if you don’t do this.

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