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Hardware Installation Guide

Installation Made Easy

  1. Purchase quality hardware. This is an area where you don’t want to skimp, and try to save money. Discount, bargain brands very often than not, are not sturdy enough to support heavy or layered treatments. Nothing is more disappointing than having a rod bend.
  2. Be sure that all hardware is securely attached to the mounting surface. If you cannot find a stud then you must use wall anchors for added support. Follow the manufacturers recommendation for installation.
  3. Wallboard or plaster: Use a secure fastener designed for hollow wall applications.
  4. Metal: Pre-drill holes, and use included screws.
  5. Concrete, stone, brick or tile: Use a masonry drill bit and appropriate plugs, anchors, or screws.
  6. To avert disaster, make sure the fasteners you are using will support the weight of the treatment you are installing.
  7. Mount brackets 2”- 4” above the top edge of window frame and 2”- 4” out from each side of the window frame. You should try to avoid placing brackets on the frame, as the frame may split.

How to Guide

Most window treatments can be installed in three easy steps:

Installation Instructions

Layered Treatments

Require a double or triple mounted rod, depending on the number of treatments being installed. If installing panels with a top treatment and sheers, a triple rod will be required. Start by adding the sheers to the innermost rod. Once this is done shirr evenly and hang rod in bracket. Next add your panels to the center rod, shirr evenly after hanging. Valances or top treatments are added to the outer rod and inserted into the brackets.

Window Scarves

Have the hardware securely mounted into position. Scarves can be hung using a variety of hardware. Scarf holders, sconces, and decorative poles are options when hanging scarves. What you choose is entirely up to you. When working with scarves it is a good idea to have a partner to help fold and hang the scarf. To hang your scarf start by laying the scarf on a flat surface, carefully fan-fold the fabric into soft pleats along the entire length. Once this is done use your fingers to loosely comb the folds. This will make adjusting the pleats easier. Drape scarf over scarf holder or decorative rod. Once installed adjust and style to personal taste.

Balloon Shades

Due to wrinkling that occurs in packaging, most shades will require a few minutes in a warm dryer or a light steam press before being hung. Once wrinkles have been minimized place the shade on a decorative or standard rod. Insert the rod onto the brackets. Starting at the bottom of the shade, softly fold or roll the fabric to the desired length. Secure the ties under the fabric with simple ties or loose bows.

Rods and Hardware:

  1. A standard rod fits in a 1 ½” rod pocket. Standard rods are available in multiple lengths and in varying depths (returns). They are packaged as single, double, or triple sets. They are ideal for layered treatments.
  2. A continental rod is a variation on standard rods. They are flat and wider than standard rods. They are designed to fit in a 3” rod pocket.
  3. Wooden and metal pole rods also work well in 3” rod pockets. Pole rods are available in various diameters and lengths.
  4. Tension Rods mount inside the window frame. They are used widely for hanging café style curtains and door panels.
  5. Decorative brass or wrought iron rods, many with stylish end caps (finials) work well with tab, sheer, and lace curtains.
  6. Poles and finials are available in a wide array of materials. The two most popular are wood and metal, although many finials may also be made of glass. Window treatments may be fastened to poles in many ways, clip-on rings, rod pockets, tabs and loops.