How Do You Hang Window Treatments?
Curtains and window treatments are a beautiful and elegant way to provide decoration as well as practical function to your windows. Window treatments can include curtains, blinds, and shades. Any of these come in a variety of styles for a different look. You can buy window treatments or even make them yourself. Buy how do you hang window treatments? What are some of the tools that you might need?
You don’t necessarily need to hire a professional to hang window treatments. Even if you have never done it before, it is pretty easy. There are some basic instructions that you need to follow depending on what types of window treatments you want to use. Here is a guide to help you hang the right window treatments for your home to give it that special look.
Choosing the Right Window Treatment
It is important to choose the right kind of window treatment for your room. Do you go with curtains and drapes or do you install blinds? It really depends all on your personal style and tastes. Curtains can add a lot of refinement and decoration to a room. Blinds are more utilitarian and have a clean look. If you are going for a really elegant and sophisticated look, you should definitely go with curtains. You can hang them in the living room, dining room, kitchen, bedroom, and anywhere that you want to add that extra touch. Blinds are good for garages, the mud room and utility rooms but they can also be used in bedrooms and living rooms. So there is really no wrong choice.
How To Hang Curtains
You can either make or buy curtains and drapes but before you do, you need to know what size they need to be. Get a tape measure and measure the height and the width of your window. For a proper curtain, you want it to overlap the window on each side and possibly the bottom. Depending on how much you want your curtain to be gathered, you may want to add more width to the measurement.
Once you have figured out the size of your curtains, you can go out a buy them. There are many manufacturers who make curtains of all sizes and styles and the prices vary. Or if you prefer (and are handy with a sewing machine) you can make your own curtains. You will also need a rod that is a few inches longer than your window is wide and a couple of brackets.
Start out by screwing the brackets in above the window. If your wall is drywall, you will need to use what is called toggle bolts to hold the screws in. You will want to set the bracket outside the width of the window where you want the curtain to end. Make sure the brackets are set in the same position on each side of the window. If the curtains are split, you will probably want to add a bracket in the middle. To make sure the brackets, and thus the rod, will be level, use a carpenter’s level.
After the brackets are secure, put the curtain on the rod and hang the rod on the bracket. If you want to use tie-backs to pull the curtain back from the window, you can screw small decorative hooks into the wall to attach the tie-back to. There are a lot of different types of curtains so not all will be exactly the same. Some curtains use tassles to hold them back from a window while other curtains may have additional drapery such as ruffles at the top.
How To Hang Blinds
Blinds are just as easy to hang as curtains. All you need to do is know the height and width of your window. Blinds come in several different colors and sizes. The most common are plastic but you can also get blinds that are made from bamboo, that are woven, or have decorative images printed on them.
First thing to do is get the measurement of your window and go out and find a set of blinds that are the right size. The blinds will come with a long bracket and the screws you need. Using either a screwdriver or a screwgun, screw the long bracket into the inside top of the window. Make sure it is secure and not wobbly because you will be pulling on the blinds a lot.
After the bracket is secure, you take the top of the blinds and slide it right into the bracket. From there you will do one of two things depending on the manufacturer. Some models you can screw the blind directly into the bracket. With other models, there will be two small pieces that slide into the ends of the bracket to hold the blind in place. Once that is done, the blinds will be ready for use.
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