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How to Install a Drapery Rod

In order for you to better understand the terminology and concepts used in this article we recommend you read the “How to Measure Draperies” article located on this website.  These instructions for installing a drapery rod assume that you already have a drapery ready to hang on the rod or that you know the size of the drapery to be hung on the rod. If not, please read the “How to measure Draperies" article to find the proper drapery size.


When you receive your new draperies from Colton Inc. you will find that each drapery has a tag attached to one of the packaging bands wrapped around the drapery. A single drapery panel will have one ticket, a drapery pair will have two (one for each panel).


The ticket contains information about the location and size of the drapery. The drapery size will always be the size for the entire curtain, not just that particular panel and is presented in the following format:  74 (rod width)   +   12 (combined returns and center overlap measurements)   X   39 (drapery length). When installing a drapery rod you need to know the rod width and drapery length measurements.


Mounting the Brackets

Before hanging the rod, you first need to find your rod height. In order to do that you need to determine how the drapery was intended to hang on the window. The drapery will hang either:

Above and Below - the drapery is mounted above the window and goes to just below the sill.
The rod height is located 4” above the top of the window. The remainder of the drapery hangs below the sill.
Window to Floor - the drapery is mounted above the window and goes to the floor.
To find the rod height, take the drapery length and add one inch.
Ceiling to Sill - the drapery is mounted at the ceiling and goes to just below the window sill.
The rod height will be located at the ceiling.
Ceiling to Floor - the drapery is mounted at the ceiling and goes to the floor.
The rod height will be located at the ceiling.

Now that you know the rod height, you need to determine where to mount your end brackets. On a typical two-way rod, you will center the rod both left and right on the window. Subtract the width of the window opening from the rod width. Divide that number by two and you have the measurement from the edge of the window to the end of the rod. Measure out from the window edge on both sides to find your end bracket position. Be sure to measure between the two end bracket positions before you mount the brackets to verify that you have the right rod width.  


If you are installing a one-way rod, all of the stack space will be to one side or the other.  If the window is near a corner, measure from the corner of the wall to the rod width to find the placement of your end bracket. If the window is not near a wall, balance the rod width so that about 4” overlaps one side of the window and the remaining rod width is on the other side of the window.

Once your end brackets are in place, you need to install your center supports. Center supports are mounted at the rod height spaced no wider than 30” apart.

When installing brackets on the wall be sure to get a solid mount to the wall surface. If possible, try to mount into a wall stud for best support. If it is not possible to screw into a wall stud, use a high quality drywall anchor such as a Molly bolt or Toggle bolt. Do not use plastic wall expanders as they will tend to pull out of the wall when weight is put on the rod.

Hanging and Balancing the Rod

Once the brackets are in place, insert the rod into the brackets by pushing the prongs at the ends of the rod into the end brackets. Center supports are fastened by twisting the cams with a flat bladed screwdriver to clamp the top of the rod to the supports. Mount the cord guide to the wall at the sill height so that it will be hidden behind the drapery when it is hung.

Now that the rod is mounted it needs to be balanced. To balance the rod, pull on the draw string until both master carriers slide back to the open position, reach behind the minor master carrier and pull the cord loop running through the carrier over the locking hook (see illustration).


Once the cord is locked in place, you need to pull the extra cord out of the rod and tie it off. Reach behind the major master carrier. You will find the drapery cord tied off in two knots. Pull on the knot closest to the end pulley and remove the extra cord (If you start pulling the minor master carrier toward the center of the rod, you have pulled the wrong knot). Pull the cord tight, tie a new knot at the master carrier and cut off the extra cord. The rod is now mounted, balanced, and ready for the drapery to be hung (see How to Hang a Drapery).

If you have questions regarding installation of drapery rods, feel free to call us for additional guidance we can be reached at 800-437-6488.

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