For the maximum amount of light, the end of the brackets
should be placed on each side of the window opening so the curtains can be
drawn back completely. The exact placement will depend on the width of the
gathered curtain. In our project, only end supports are required. For larger
windows, extra support also may be needed above the middle of the window.
Curtain weight and rod strength should also be considered when deciding on how
much rail support is needed.
STEP 1 – Measure
Make a mark above the window recess for the required height
of the rod. This will depend on curtain length and aesthetic preference.
Hanging the rod close to the ceiling line can make a room look taller
STEP 2 – Draw a Level Line
Use the height mark to draw a level guide line above the
recess; this should extend slightly beyond the recess width on each side.
STEP 3 – Level It
Use a level to make a mark on the horizontal line directly
above the corner of the recess.
STEP 4 – Center the Rod Over the Window
Measure back to mark the position of the brackets. This
distance will depend on the width of the gathered curtain.
STEP 5 – Position the Brackets
Position the end support on the mark and use a pencil to
mark off attachment holes. Remove the end support.
STEP 6 – Secure the Brackets
Plug attachment holes if necessary and screw into place.
Repeat steps for the other end support.
STEP 7 – Cut the Rod to Length
It must extend a couple of inches on each side of the end
support brackets to accommodate end rings and finials. With supports in place,
thread the rod through one end support.
STEP 8 – Attach Rings and End Support
Position rings on the rod before threading the other end of
the rod through the other end support.
STEP 9 – Place Outer Ring
Position one ring on the outer side of each of the end
STEP 10 – Position Finials on the Ends of the Rod
Normally these are just pushed to fit; some are secured by a
STEP 11 – Secure the Rod
Attach the rod to the bracket by securing screws through the
supports and into the rod. You may need to pilot-drill these holes first.