Things to think about

Always use a cable, pipe and stud detector to help find safe and secure fixing points in the wall or ceiling surface.

How you hang curtains should complement the way you finish the room with all other decorations and fixtures.

Make the most of daylight, and allow it to flood into the room, by fitting curtain pole and track brackets far enough away from the window edge so that when drawn, curtains are away from the window recess and they do not block out any light.

Brackets should never be fitted above light switches, power sockets or central heating pipes.

Place a curtain pole or a track so that it looks right in the space available above the window. However, as a general rule, either should be fitted halfway between the horizontal edge above the window recess and the coving or ceiling.

How light or heavy the curtains are will affect what you decide is the best method of hanging them.

If you need an extra long pole, and one is not available, use a central bracket to join and support two shorter lengths. Wooden poles may be joined or a strong connection with dowel screws.

Use a large diameter pole across a wide span where extra support brackets cannot be used. This will ensure that the pole does not bow from the weight of heavy curtains, drapes and swags.

Curtain poles are always on show, whether the curtains are open or closed, so the choice of curtain pole is every bit as important as the curtains. Brackets and finials, which finish the end of the poles, make a strong decorative statement too.

Curtain track is designed to be unobtrusive, to blend into the wall or to be discreetly covered by a pelmet board. Plastic track is quick and easy to install and can be shaped to follow curves and bend around corners or bay windows.

Most curtain track comes with brackets that can be fixed to the wall or to the ceiling. Fix track to the wall on a wooden batten above the window frame, or to brickwork with long screws and wall plugs. If you are fitting track to the ceiling, attach it to ceiling joists, or, if they are not in the right position, to a wooden batten.

Fit a curtain pole

1

Measure 10-15cm above the window recess according to your preference and the space available and mark the pole height above the window.

2

Use a spirit level to draw a guideline from one side to the other and extend beyond the window on either side to accommodate the positions of the supporting brackets. Note that the top of the window recess might not be level, so the line you draw might not be the same distance above the recess on both sides.

3

With curtains of a specific length, work out the fixing height of the brackets so that the bottom of the curtain will sit where you want it to.

4

Measure and mark the bracket position – about 15cm from either side of the window recess, depending on the finished curtain width.

5

Position brackets and mark fixing holes. Double-check height from floor to bracket fixing points to ensure it is correct for the curtain fall.

6

Drill pilot holes for fixings and use the appropriate wall plugs, depending on wall type and weight of pole and curtains. Fix brackets in place.

7

Adjust pole length to extend a few centimetres beyond the support brackets. Cut wooden poles if needed and extend metal poles telescopically.

8

Thread the curtain rings onto the pole, leaving one outside each support bracket to secure the curtains, and fix the finials in place on either end.

Fit curtain track

1

In this example, the track will be fitted onto a batten secured to the wall rather than directly into the wall. The batten should be about 30cm wider than the window, to extend 15cm either side. Position the batten with a spirit level and mark a guideline following the same considerations as when marking guidelines for the level of the curtain pole.

2

Hold batten in position and drill pilot holes. Use appropriate wall plugs and screws to secure the batten to the wall along the pencil guideline.

3

With a spirit level measure and draw a horizontal line through the centre of the batten. Go along the whole length. You will fix the track onto the line.

4

When fitting a curtain track with multiple brackets, space screws provided for brackets at regular intervals along length of batten.

5

Slot the holding brackets onto the screws following the manufacturer's guidelines. You may need to adjust the screw depth for a secure fitting.

6

With all holding brackets in place, the track can then be fitted neatly to the brackets and tightened in position with the screws or clips provided.

7

Slide gliders provided onto the track. To stop them from sliding off, fix the end supports in place, securing with the screws or clips provided.

8

Ensure that you have enough gliders to support the curtains. Most systems allow you to clip on more without having to remove the end supports.