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Create A Good Plan For Your Installation Before You Pick Out Your Drapery Hardware

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Published: 03-07-2012
Kirsch Designer Metals Drapery Hardware

Shoppers sometimes make decisions based purely on style and design without taking into consideration the restrictions of their window and installation surface.

When it comes to hanging curtain rods, the way to succeed is really great planning before the installation. While you could always find a specialized drapery installer close to you, many homeowners opt to hang their window treatments on their own. To be sure that your installation comes off without a hitch, you need to make a plan before you select your drapery hardware components so that they will work properly on your window. By following a few easy steps prior to investing in your hardware, you'll ensure a simple and easy installation.

Examine your window closely and determine precisely where you'll have to hang your brackets. If your window width is greater than eight feet, you'll most likely need to use a center support bracket on the drapery rod. Naturally, a bracket on each end of the rod will also be necessary. The three most typical mounting locations for brackets are - on the wall and to the left and right of the window, on the ceiling above the window, or inside the window frame. For on the wall installations, you'll want ordinary brackets. If you're hanging the pole from the ceiling, you should find a collection that includes ceiling mount brackets. And, for inside the window frame, you might need to use inside mount sockets. Once you start searching for drapery hardware, be sure that the collection you purchase provides the proper bracket options for your window.

Nearly all drapery rod brackets are packaged with installation screws. But, that doesn't mean you should rely on them! To decide what type of screw you will need, take a close look at the surface that you're going to hang your drapery bracket on. Wood screws will be needed if you're mounting brackets onto wood trim. You'll also need to make use of wood screws if the surface is drywall with a header or wood stud behind. Metal screws need to be used if you're installing on a metal door or into the metal casing around the window. Hollow-wall anchors or molly bolts are necessary to ensure that the bracket has adequate support if you're hanging into drywall without supporting studs. Drapery hardware makers are not aware of the facts of your particular installation and the screws provided are generally just a normal screw that may not be appropriate for your circumstance. You can purchase all the above mentioned alternative screw types at your regional hardware or home improvement store.

By making use of a pole joiner, you'll be able to combine two smaller poles together to reach a longer width. For example, you could use two six foot poles to cover a twelve foot window. Installing a support at the spot where the two drapery rods come together is required whenever you use a pole joiner of any kind. If you decide not to, your curtain pole will begin to sag or bow after awhile. The joiner does not offer enough support to stabilize the rod, it just keeps the two poles together. Make sure that you have ample space to hang the center support before you decide to buy two poles reach a greater width.

By looking at your window and creating a plan for hanging your drapery rod before you buy your decorative hardware, you can quickly find the perfect collection which offers all of the components you'll need to complete your window treatment. When you know ahead of time the appropriate type of screws and mounting hardware you need, your installation will go easily and your treatment will continue to be stable for many years to come.
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