Installing Wooden Curtain Rods
Wooden curtain rods offer particularly attractive and traditional designs, making them ideal in all sorts of homes. Installing them is not as easy as it looks, however. Nonetheless, installing wooden curtain rods is well within the grasp of the average homeowner and an easy task for anyone who has any DIY experience. Following a few tips will help you a great deal, especially if it is your first time. Be sure to double check your measurements as well, lest you risk damaging the wall.
Tools and Materials Needed:
Curtain rods (they should come with hangers and fittings)
- Wall plugs
- Screwdriver set
- Power drill
Step 1-Take the Measurements
There are a few important factors that you will want to decide on first, before starting any work. Firstly, you will need to decide where you are going to install the curtain rods. Normally, they are attached to the wall above the window though in other cases, they may be fixed to the top of the window casing itself. You will then need to take measurements to determine the required length of each curtain rod. To do this, allow plenty of extra length when you cut the curtain rods to size. This will ensure that you do not waste any material. You should allow up to six inches of overhang on each side of the curtain rod. If you have standard sized windows and a standard curtain rod set to match, then you should not need to cut anything at all. The height at which you mount the curtain rod is entirely up to you. Find a place where you feel it looks just right and place markings on the wall.
Step 2-Installing the Curtain Rod Brackets
Determine where the bracket holders of the curtain rod will be installed. Mark points in these areas. The two brackets should ideally be installed directly above the window frames. Using a power drill, drill holes in the wall in the places you have marked. Apply the wall plugs in the drilled out holes. Do not simply screw the brackets in place without using wall plugs as they will not be stable. When the wall plugs are in place, screw the brackets onto the walls making sure that they fit securely. Attach the hoops that hold the curtain rod into the bracket holders.
Step 3-Installing the Wooden Curtain Rod
Provided that you have cut the curtain rod to the right length, if required, the rest of the job should be largely self-explanatory. Simply slide the curtain rod in through the first hoop. Slide the curtain hoops onto the pole and then slide the other end of the pole through the opposite hoop. There should also be stylized sections which you add to the ends of the curtain rod to cover them up. You should now be able to hang the curtains on the hooks.