Here at Mr Fixing It for you today, we have compiled a nice step by step guide to assist you in creating beautiful looking curtains in 8 easy steps. Once you have purchased a nice pair of curtains we can begin at Step 1.
Measure your window to establish what size curtain you need. Most retailers now size their curtains by window size so you don’t need to work out widths of curtain to window ratio.
Measure the window to define the length of curtain track you require. To allow good light into the room the curtains should be able to be pulled back just behind the window. In general you will need 20cm 8″ inches at each end to allow for the curtains to be bunched back. Screws that come with the track may not be long enough, so you may need longer ones, especially when screwing into old plaster.
Now you have purchased a curtain track it is time to cut it to the correct length, using what ever cutting tool you feel will be best. Ensure the cut is completely vertical to the 90 degrees.
Drill the holes every 15cm 6″ inches at about 10- 15cm 4 – 6″ inches above the window, to allow the curtains to just brush the floor or window sill. Ensure you create sturdy fixing brackets at each end of the curtain track on the wall, as this is the areas that will take the most weight of the curtain.
Drill the holes with the appropriate drill , if you’re drilling into deep plaster or brick then use a raw plugs. If drilling into wood then drill pilot holes using a smaller wood drill than the diameter of the screw.
Fix the holding brackets to the wall ensuring the holding clips are facing the front so that you can actually fit the curtain track.
Attach the stop ends to each end of the bracket.
Starting at one end attach the track to each of the brackets. Once you have clipped them all on centre the track. Then tighten the screws into each of the brackets.
Now you can begin hanging the curtains. Begin by attaching the gliders that came with the curtains, space them equally along the curtain tape so the curtain hangs in even pleats. Remove one stop on each end, slide the curtains on to the track and then reattach the stop ends.
I hope you have enjoyed the little step by step guide and we will see you again, from your curtain hanging Mr Fixing It.