For anyone who is having a new home built, this is a very valuable suggestion to make it easy to attach curtain rods to wall. Have your builder put 2X4's on the top and sides of your windows. This will enable you to attach curtain rods without the aid of dry wall anchors. You will be assured of always hitting a stud. Of course, this has to be done BEFORE you do the dry wall.
I thought that all door and window openings were framed out with 2x4s (or larger for the headers). That's what the builder attaches the door and window frames to, when he's installing or replacing them. Is there another method of building or do you mean adding an additional 2x4?
When framing a home I always put a 2 x 12 or some other wide piece of wood between the king stud and where ever the next stud fell. We would jam it against the bottom of the top plate and run the bottom well below the bottom of the header. That way there is backing anywhere you may need it.
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