Not only do curtains make a house look homely, but they provide privacy as well as keeping drafts out. To hang these multipurpose pieces of material, a curtain track needs to be fitted. Curtain tracks, like curtains, come in many different shapes, materials, colors and sizes and can help decorate and add character to the home. Fitting curtain tracks need not be difficult if you follow these simple steps.
Step 1 - Choose a Curtain Track
Measure the size of the window which requires the curtain track. Consider what type of window it is and buy accordingly. A bay window, for example, will need a curtain track made out of a material such as plastic or aluminum so it can be bent around the window. However, long and heavy curtains will need to be attached to a very strong curtain track made from wood or metal. Decide if your curtain track is to be fitted to the wall above the window or the ceiling.
Step 2 - Put Safety First
Before using a drill, you will need to put on protective goggles and a dust mask to protect your eyes from any fragments which may be propelled through the air and so that you don't breathe in any of the inevitable dust drilling creates. Also, use step ladders or wall ladders which are long enough to avoid any stretching as this can be highly dangerous. Also, your work may not be as precise as it could be if you are 'on top of' the job. It is sensible to ask the help of a spouse or friend to hold the ladders and keep them secure.
Step 3 - Drill the Holes
Once you have decided on a curtain track and where it is to be positioned, use a drill and bore several consecutive holes at regular intervals into the wall. Be sure to drill enough to support the weight of the curtain track. Use a spirit level to make sure you are maintaining a straight line. Occasionally, walls are too hard to be drilled. If this is the case, you will need to fix a batten onto the wall with screws and glue. Once the glue has dried, you can now drill into the batten ready to attach the brackets.
Step 4 - Fit the Brackets
When you buy a curtain track, plugs and brackets will often be provided with it. If they have not been provided you will need to buy them separately. As the brackets will be visible, it is important you use brackets which are in keeping with the curtain track. Slot a plug into each of the holes and then fix the brackets into place by screwing screws through the brackets and into the holes. Ensure they are fastened in securely with no movement.
Step 5 - Fixing the Curtain Track
The track itself usually has two rims on the rear side that clip into place on the brackets. An additional screw can be used to secure the track to the brackets once the rims have been clipped into position. Attaching a curtain track to a ceiling is essentially the same as fixing it to a wall. It is advisable, however, to attach the brackets to the joists in the ceiling as this will provide a stronger fitting.Be sure to attach fittings into solid beams and not into any covering boards for a stronger hold.