When carrying out DIY, the initial urge is to get it out of the way as quickly as possible so you can get back to enjoying your home. Whilst this may be convenient, it is also a dangerous mind-set to have when installing fixtures that could cause damage if they aren’t fitted carefully. Curtain poles fall into this category and here are a few tips to ensure you fit them as safely as possible.

Get Correct Measurements

Sometimes the simplest things are often overlooked when it comes to DIY. It’s important to ensure that you have the exact measurements required before you fit your curtain poles. Make sure you know exactly how far you want the brackets to extend from the window and also how far above the window you want them. Another important thing to check out is whether there are any sockets or switches in the vicinity, usually around 30cm from the window. If you do discover them, it might be a good idea to plan your measurements around these as the wires are likely to be running through the nearby walls. The last thing you want to do is drill through these as the damage to the home and, more importantly yourself, doesn’t bear thinking about!

One more factor to consider is whether you are going to accessorize your poles, and if so, make sure you take this into account with your measurements.

Use The Right Drill

Fitting your brackets to the wall requires the use of a drill and it’s important to know which one to use. Take your measurements into account and, if you made a note of any nearby sockets, use an electrical stud finder to make sure you don’t unexpectedly stumble across any of the wiring. Also, the type of wall plays a huge part in this decision, as a concrete wall will probably require a hammer action drill.

Mark Your Walls

Again, a really simple tip but make sure you clearly mark on the walls where you want the brackets to go. It’s probably wise to use a pencil during this just in case you do make a mistake. The last thing you want is an attractive pair of curtain poles with a huge pen mark next to them! Once this is done, drill your holes and fit the brackets. This can usually be done unassisted but in the case of overly heavy poles, the use of wall anchors may be recommended.

Plan Carefully

When you eventually erect your poles and fit the curtains, it’s always good to have a plan in place. If you want to get it done as quickly as possible then you may find it useful to hang the curtain from the poles before putting them up. Also, you may wish to consider whether you will need an extra pair of hands, especially with heavier curtains.

Author bio

Jack Oldham is a recent BA (Hons) Journalism graduate who regularly blogs about window treatments such as curtain poles, roller blinds and shutters.



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