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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.
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