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So August – light mornings – great for waking the kids, big and small, early! So good curtains is a must then! Seems natural that the fist blog should be (drum roll please)…
Advice for August: how to hang a curtain pole by Desmond Cass of D Cass & Son Decorators…
When homeowners commit to redecorating their homes, the smaller finishing touches are often overlooked. But when a whole room has been given a new lease of life, it cries out for the perfect curtains – and to achieve that, homeowners need to ensure that their curtain poles are hung correctly.
Whilst it may not sound like a daunting task, for putting up a curtain pole to be a relatively painless home improvement you must ensure it is done correctly. DIY skills are not a must, but attention to detail and the confidence to wield a power drill are essential.
Those DIY enthusiasts with an eye for accuracy should be able to complete this task in less than an hour. Be sure to have the correct tools before starting the job. These include:
- Tape measure
- Pencil and eraser
- Pipe and cable detector
- Masonry drill bit
- Wall plugs
- Safety goggles
- Dust mask
Now simply follow our step-by-step guide…
1. Identify the height of the curtain pole
Unless you are willing to alter your curtains, their length will be a good indication of where the curtain pole should be positioned. Be sure to keep the pole a reasonable distance away from the window, ideally this will be 8-12 cm to minimise the amount of light let in once the curtains are closed.
Once you have decided on positioning, mark a line on the wall in pencil – this can later be erased. Feel free to use a spirit level to check your marking, but for older houses with askew windowsills and ceilings, use what looks straight to your eye.
2. Mark the position of end brackets
To allow curtains to neatly settle when they aren’t drawn without obscuring the window, the curtain pole should extend 15-20cm either side of the window frame.
Carefully measure the same distance on each side of the window frame, and mark a point on the wall. If you a fitting a curtain pole to a bay window, you may need to use 6 wall brackets, so take that into consideration when making your initial measurements. Mirror those dimensions on the curtain pole itself, if the pole is longer than you need, use a hacksaw to trim it to size.
3. Drill screw holes
Before even contemplating using an electric drill, be certain that there are no underlying pipes or cables in the area you wish to drill in – a pipe and cable detector will be the most efficient way to check. If it is safe to proceed, mark exactly where the screw holes need to be drilled.
Put on some protective goggles and a dust mask, and drill into the marked positions on the wall using a masonry drill bit. Start by drilling slowly to ensure accuracy, and increase speed as you progress into the wall.
Position wall plugs within the screw holes – be sure to keep them flush to the wall, before screwing the brackets using a screwdriver. Pay close attention to the manufacturer’s instructions to prevent fixing the brackets upside down.
If the curtains you wish to hang are a heavy material, many curtain brackets will not be suited to the weight and will come away from the wall. To prevent this, you will need to screw a wooden batten 2″ x 1″inch to the wall, before attaching the brackets.
4. Hang the curtain pole
Position the curtain pole on the brackets, making sure that equal distances are left both sides of the window frame, as previously marked. One curtain ring should be left between each bracket and the main body of the pole. Affix the finials (curtain pole ends) to each end of the curtain pole, in most cases these should just push on.
Once you have hung the pole, clear away any brick dust and erase any lines that are still visible on your walls. The only thing left outstanding is to hang the curtains!
Thanks Desmond, appreciate you sharing your skills http://www.checkatrade.com/DCassAndSonDecorators
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