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I always had a very difficult time measuring for curtain rod brackets, but if you take a big piece of lightweight cardboard approximately 12 x 16 inches and use it to measure for the rods instead, it will come out perfectly.
This is a super fast way to install them, as well. Place the long side of your cardboard at the ceiling, then place the bottom right side up against the side of the window and measure out and up from there, and double check from the ceiling down also, then mark - and be such to poke 2 holes where the bracket will go. To do the other side, just flip your cardboard over and you have the holes already there, just line the cardboard up with the ceiling and left side of the window.
I have used this same piece of cardboard twice now for the same sized windows in my kitchen and bedroom and this has worked great.
By CDC from FL
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We have been given 2 beautiful wooden curtain rods, but that's it - no other hardware to secure it above the windows! Do any of you have ideas on a cradle of sorts to rest the rods in that would be secured to the wall?
I found wooden brackets in the curtain dept at Walmart. If you have someone who is a woodworker he could make them for you. You could stain them whatever color to match your rod Good luck.
You could get some nice wall sconces. I picked up a pair in the window treatment section of Walmart-- they are plaster scrolly looking things with a hole through the center so that you can fit the rod through it. I'm sure they had wood ones, too.
I used curtain tie back hardware that can be bought anywhere. Mine look like stainless steel leaves.
Let me know if you want pictures.
My husband cut a thick piece of wood into two pieces in the shape of the letter "J" & attached one to each side of the window with the "u" part of the "J" facing outward to hold the rod. He also stained them to match the rod. The size of the "J" would depend on the size of the rod. Hope this helps.
I bought wooden rods from Country Curtains. I had to buy the hangers serparate. www.countrycurtains.com
Got mine at Home Depot for not a lot of money--they look nice.
You can also use cup holder hooks that screw into the wood. Just be sure that your curtain rod fits into the 'hook' part. These do come in various sizes, although they aren't for really big rods. You can also bend them out to get the rod to fit in better if need be. Just use a pair of pliers. I bought dowel rods at Walmart's in the craft section for my bedroom windows. These also come in varying diameters. I used 5/8" for my windows because I either use extra long bath towels and/or denium material.. both of which tend to be heavy. Had to cut to length, but by using the cup hooks & dowel rods the cost was very minimal as to what it could have been.
They can be suspended like swings from the ceiling with lamp chain that is sold by the foot, sold in black plastic as well. connect to hooks. you can decorate the chains with flowers. vines, etc. or up lift and cover the chain with homemade box at the top and have curtain flow to the floor. Also, check hardware in other areas of home stores, electrical, plumbing and such and be creative. Think wood blocks and velcro and decorate.
Can you tell me how to make a standard curtain rod into a 2" inch curtain rods. My new curtains call for a 2" inch rod. I would like to recycle my standard rods so I can use them instead of purchasing new rods.
Thank you for your time,
Cheryl Robertson from Saint Joseph, Missouri
At WalMart you can find extenders that will fit onto your curtain rod to make a 2" rod. It's just a flat piece of metal or plastic. You just slip it into the pocket with your curtain rod. HTH
I cut stiff cardboard from boxes, to the size I needed and taped the cardboard to the rod...then slipped my rod into the curtains!... It worked great!
Find an empty cardboard box, cut it the length of your rod and 2" wide, slide into rod pocket of your curtain, then slide in the rod.
How about using a gift wrap roll (just roll the wrapping paper into a roll without a core) , as many as needed for the length. Flatten and slip over rod.
They make a thing that goes over a standard rod to make it into one for large casings. Dept. stores, Walmart, etc. should have them.
Buy a piece of PVC pipe the length equal to the width of the front of your curtain rod. Take the old rod apart , slide curtains onto PVC pipe and insert old rod into PVC pipe. PVC pipe costs about 3 dollars for 10 ft. and comes in various diameters.
I am looking for simple instructions on how to install a curtain rod in the living room. I like the decorative wood rods with brackets on each end and you lay the rod in the brackets once installed. Will I need an electric drill?
I used an electric drill when I installed my brackets.
You don't have to use an electrical drill, but it sure does help. If you don't have access to, or a friend who can lend you a drill, use a hammer and a nail that is smaller than the hole you need: Tap in the smaller opening with a smaller nail, then remove that nail and finally, use your body strength to screw in the bracket screws as necessary.
Seriously, if you don't think you can do so, find a friend to help you. Nothing worse than a badly attached curtain rod dropping your curtains when you least want to deal with such!
Do a bit more internet research on this and be nice to the folks that work at the hardware store who can guide you, and things will probably go well. After all, it's not rocket science: Just sanity insurance! Good luck. :-)
I made several wooden blocks that I used as a measuring guide so the brackets were the same measurements out and up from the moldings. I used an electric drill as it is easier to drill into wood that is under the sheet rock and easier to use the drill with a attachment to screw in the screw. Why use all the body strenght when a drill makes it so much easier and simpler.
Can someone help me to know what the real advantages are for using wire curtain rods?
By Marie from Nashville, TN
Wire curtain rods are almost invisible, can be used for long spans and around corners, and are often used to completely envelop a room with curtains.