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Curtains and blinds play a big part in the interior design of your home. For functional reasons and also for aesthetic reasons. Ostensibly, your choice is mainly between curtains and blinds for each room. You might prefer some blinds in your bathroom, or your bedroom, and some curtains for the lounge. If you choose to get some curtains in your home, then you’re going to need to install a curtain pole or tracks. 

Fitting curtain poles & tracks is a straightforward job and saves you having to go to someone else.

In this post, we’re going to outline how you can fit a curtain pole yourself. Our
home accessories section has a variety of curtain poles to suit any interior and other parts and pieces you need to install your own curtain pole - take a look for a good price on curtain pole fittings! 

How to Put Up a Curtain Pole

There’s a wide variety of curtain poles you can get for your home. Whichever type of curtain pole you choose, you need to ensure that is going to be able to support the weight of your curtains and is long enough for where you are installing them. 

Your curtain will need to be installed with:

  • Brackets

  • Plugs

These should come with your rails and these need to be drilled in with screws at regular intervals to support the weight of the pole and the entire curtain. You may need to or chose to install a batten above the window instead. If you do this then, using a spirit level, make sure you are drilling holes at regular intervals along the batten. 

The general guide to installing a curtain pole is as follows: 

  1. Measure your windows. Measure all dimensions so you know exactly how much material you need for your curtains or blinds. Aim for 10-15cm above the window recess and 15cm either side.

  2. Install the brackets. Make sure they are straight and level with each other and follow the instructions carefully. 

  3. Install the head rail into the brackets and lock it in.

How High Do You Put a Curtain Pole Above a Window?

You’ll want your curtain pole to be roughly between 10 and 15 centimetres above the window recess. You may not have that amount of room available however. So a good rule of thumb is roughly halfway between the top of the window recess and the ceiling.

How Long Should a Curtain Pole Be?

This one very much depends on the size of the window you are covering. Again, 15cm is a good amount of clearance on either side of the window recess that should give plenty of room to house the curtains when they're not in use. A common mistake with hanging curtains is forgetting that when not being used, they need some space to tuck away without impinging or completely overlapping the edge of the window recess. 

How Far Below a Window Should Curtains Hang?

There’s a number of different answers to this question as it will depend on your style of curtain. Our blog post on how long curtains should be will answer your curtain length queries. Check it out!

Can Eyelet Curtains Go On Any Pole?

It sounds obvious but eyelet curtains will go on any pole that is narrow enough to fit through its grommets. You can buy specific eyelet poles that are around 28mm wide and do not require any extra curtain rings, your eyelet curtains will just go straight on the pole. Standard curtain poles tend to be 28mm too, but may need some extra rings to be attached.

How to Put a Curtain Pole on Plasterboard

If you need to attach a curtain pole to a plasterboard surface in your home, you’re probably all too familiar with the perils that come with this task. You are at risk of damaging the plasterboard when you start screwing things in and you can end up making an expensive rod for your back when you try and DIY with plasterboard. 

This doesn’t mean you can’t fit a curtain pole on plasterboard yourself. There are specialist fixings that you can get for your plasterboard walls, our favourite is the GeeFix. Invented by a former tradesman, it’s specialist fixings like this that will allow you to fix a curtain pole onto your plasterboard walls.

How to Put Up a Curtain Pole Without a Drill

If you need to avoid the use of a drill then there is still a way to get your curtain poles up without drilling a single hole. This is especially pertinent to renters as drilling holes in the wall may open you up to be charged, especially if you don’t do it right. 

We’ve already created a nifty guide on how to put up a curtain pole without a drillfor you to check out! 

Fixing a Curtain Pole to a Wooden Batten

If you would rather attach your curtains to a wooden batten instead of into the wall, then the process is very much the same. As long as the batten is securely fastened to the wall and has the necessary width for your brackets and/or plugs, then you should be fine to go ahead and fix the curtain pole to the batten using the same method. 

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