How to install window treatments
Measuring the window width
Although you can mount hardware right onto window casing, it’s best to attach the brackets to the wall slightly outside and above the head casing. Measure the length of the head casing and add 2 to 5” to the measurement. This extra width will ensure that the edges of the curtains won’t be visible from outside. When shopping for window-treatment hardware, make sure the type you buy is adjustable to your final measurement.
Measuring the window height
To determine the length of curtains required, measure from the point where you want them to fall to the point where you plan to fasten the wall brackets-in this case, a few” above the head casing.
Installing the wall brackets
Hold one wall bracket in position-in this example, 2” outside and 4” above the head casing-and mark its screw holes. If there is a wall stud in line with the marks-use a stud finder to check-drill a hole for the screws supplied and attach the bracket.
If there is no stud, drill a hole for the toggle bolts supplied and use them to fasten the bracket to the wall. With a level, mark a level line across the wall from the top edge of the bracket to the other bracket location. Align the second bracket with the line and fasten it to the wall.
Installing the center support
Hook the curtain rod onto the center support and snap the rod into place on the wall brackets. These wall brackets feature three fittings that enable you to hang the curtain rod at three different heights. Chose the height that best suits your décor. Use the tape measure to position the center support midway between the wall brackets. Then, mark the center support’s fastener holes. Remove the curtain rod and secure the center support with the fasteners supplied.
Hanging the curtains
Feed the curtains onto the curtain rod. Snap the rod into place on the wall brackets and center support.
Installing a valance rod
With the curtains in place, snap the end brackets supplied into the wall brackets so that they project the same distance from the wall as the center support.
Feed the fabric onto the valance rod following the manufacturer’s instructions, then hook the valance rod on the center support and snap the rod into place on the end brackets.
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