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Fixing Hanging Systems

Fixing Hanging Systems

When securing a hanging system to a wall, you should allow enough space for the apparatus to overhang on each side of the opening, so that the curtains can be drawn away from the window.

The hanging system should be attached either to the wall or to the window frame. Rods and poles are meant to be seen; tracks are designed to be hidden by the curtain.

Always be sure to align the pole, rod, or curtain track so that it is parallel to the top of the opening, or to the ceiling: use a spirit level if your walls and windows are true; if they are not, align the hanging system to the opening by eye.

Mounting Rods or Poles

Metal or wooden rods and poles, complete with supports, are manufactured in a range of lengths and can be cut to size. First measure the width of the opening and frame, and add enough for the curtains to overhang on each side.

Select a pole or rod for at least as long as this measurement, and calculate the number of rings that you will need. Make a series of pencil marks at least 5 cm above the opening, and join these with a guideline the same length as the width of the opening, plus the overhang.

Fix the supports to the wall using a drill with a masonry bit, wallplugs and screws, and a screwdriver.

1. Marking Position Mark the position for the wall bracket on the guideline, allowing for the curtain overhang. You will also need to consider a further 5 - 10 cm at each end of the pole for the finial, which extends beyond the wall bracket. Drill a hole in the mark and fix a wallplug in it.

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2. Positioning Bracket Align the bracket with the wallplug. Screw the wall bracket in place. Fix a wall bracket on the other side of the window. When hanging a long pole, prevent it from sagging under the weight of the curtains by attaching a central support bracket above the window.

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3. Securing Brackets Slide the support brackets into the wall brackets. Secure with the small screws provided. Slide the pole through a support bracket. Place all but two rings on the pole. Push it into position through the second support bracket.

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4. Adding Finials Slide one of the remaining curtain rings over the end of the pole and push the finial into place on the end of the pole. Add the last curtain ring and the finial to the other end of the pole. Centralize the pole within the brackets.

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5. Securing Pole Finally, you should drive home the small screw provided by the manufacturer into the hole on the underside of each ring support bracket. Once the small screw has bitten into the wood, the pole will be held securely in position.

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Mounting a Track to a Wall

Choose the track most appropriate for the heading tape or hand-made heading of the curtain. Measure the width of the window and add enough for an overhang on each side.

If necessary, cut the track to the exact size. Tracks are held in place by small brackets. Use a tape measure, pencil, and straight edge to mark the positions of the brackets on the wall.

Fix the brackets in place, using a power drill with a masonry bit, suitable wall plugs, screws, and a screwdriver.

1. Marking Track Position Make a series of pencil marks along the top edge of the window, of equal distance from the ceiling. If fixing the track very close to the ceiling, you must ensure that there is sufficient room remaining for mounting and securing the track.

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2. Marking Guideline Using a straight edge as a guide, join the measured marks with a pencil line directly on the wall. Refer to the track manufacturer's instructions to establish the minimum recommended distance between the fixing points for the brackets that will hold the track in place, and mark these on the wall.

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3. Positioning Wallplugs Beginning at the side of the window, and allowing for the overhang, mark the drilling positions for the wallplugs with a pencil. Here, the overhang is 10cm. The first fixing point for a bracket should be 5 cm in from the end of the track. Drill the first position mark and push in a plug.

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4. Securing Brackets Place the track bracket and a suitable screw on the first fixing point. Lightly push the tip of the screw into the wallplug, then drive it home with a screwdriver. Work along the fixing points, drilling, plugging and screwing the brackets in place.

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5. Positioning Track Make sure that each of the brackets is correctly aligned, then clip or slot the track into place. If the track is not centered above the window opening, remove the track and reposition it onto the brackets.

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6. Securing Track Once you have put the curtain track in the correct place, secure it to the wall fittings by tightening the screws on each bracket.

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Frame-Mounted Track

As an alternative to wall-fixed tracks, brackets can be fixed to a wooden window frame, although the width of the frame may make it difficult to draw the curtains back. Mark bracket positions, make pilot holes and screw brackets in place.

Mounting on the Frame

Consult the manufacturer's instructions for positioning the brackets. Mark the position of each bracket. Make a pilot hole in each mark with a bradawl. or, for longer screws, use an electric drill and wood drill bit. Push each screw into the bracket and screw it into place.

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Frame Extensions

If you wish to draw the curtains away from the window to allow the maximum amount of daylight into the room, you can extend the width of the window frame by fixing a pair of short wooden battens onto the wall. Fix the brackets onto the extensions as before.

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Glider and End Stops

Once the track has been correctly positioned and securely fixed to the brackets, calculate how many gliders you will need. You can then slide these onto the track. Fit the end stops or finials. When hanging the curtain, it is a simple task to remove an end stop and add or remove extra gliders.

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Fixing a Wire to a Frame

Sheer and net curtains can be hung across a window or door opening with a lightweight hanging system, such as a plastic-coated sprung wire. This can be attached by a hook and eye at each end to the side or face of the frame.

If you wish to use this system, first mark the positions for the eyes, and use a bradawl to make pilot holes for the fixings. Cut the wire to the correct length with a pair of pliers.

1. Making Pilot Holes Push and twist the bradawl into the pencil marks on both sides of the window frame to make two small pilot holes to guide the threaded metal eyes.

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2. Setting Screw Eyes Screw eyes into the wood by hand, so that they lie flush with the frame. Measure the distance between the eyes and cut wire to this length, minus the hooks.

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3. Hooking Wire Screw the hooks onto each end of the wire. Attach one hook to one of the eyes on the frame. Stretch the wire across the window, and join the other hook and eye.

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Putting Up a Pelmet Board

First determine the location for a pelmet board by aligning it with the window or the ceiling. If the ceiling and window are not parallel, use a spirit level as a guide.

Drill into the wall with an electric drill and masonry bit. Fix the pelmet board to the wall above the window with brackets that are secured by screws and wallplugs.

1. Marking Drill Holes Centre the pelmet board over the opening and, using a spirit level as a guide for correct alignment, mark the drilling points through the bracket fixing holes with a pencil. Remove the pelmet, drill the holes, and push wallplugs into them.

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2. Fixing Brackets Place the pelmet board on the wall, align the brackets with the correct wallplugs, and screw them in place. You may need an assistant for a large pelmet board.

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This content is accurate and true to the best of the author’s knowledge and is not meant to substitute for formal and individualized advice from a qualified professional.

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