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Traverse Rod Installation Instructions

Instructions for installing a traverse curtain rod are easy to follow and the process itself should be easy for most do-it-yourselfers. The most difficult part of installing a traverse curtain rod can be the installation of the brackets to support the traverse rod if installation requires that you ascend a ladder instead of simply stepping up on a chair. Otherwise, installing a traverse rod involves taking the proper measurements of the drapes and calculating the prospective position of the wall brackets to hold them in place.

Installing a traverse rod can be easy for most do-it-yourselfers.

Step 1

When measuring for a two-way traverse rod, set both drapes flat on the floor as they would look hanging from the traverse rod and measure the total width from the outermost pleat of the drape on the left to the outermost pleat of the drape on the right. Subtract between 3 and 5 inches from the total width to accommodate for an overlap when shutting the drapes. When measuring for a one-way traverse rod, set the drape flat on the floor as it would look hanging from the traverse rod. Measure the width of the drape from the outermost pleat on the left side to the outermost pleat on the right side.

Step 2

Measure the height of the drape from the top hem to the bottom hem. Add at least one inch to the measurement of the height of the drape to accommodate for clearance so the drapes do not touch the floor.

Step 3

Measure the height of the wall from the floor to the ceiling. Subtract the total height of the drapes from the height of the wall. The total height includes the height of the drapes and the height for clearance. Measure down from the ceiling according to the measurement of wall height minus drape height. For example, if the wall is 96 inches high and the total height of the drapes is 84 inches, then measure down 12 inches from the ceiling. Measuring down from the ceiling to mark positions for the brackets of the traverse rod ensures a uniform look to the drapes in relation to the ceiling.

Step 4

Mark positions for each bracket according to your measurements for the width of the drapes.

Step 5

Screw the brackets to the wall at each end of the width of the drapes. Most traverse curtain rod sets include screws that are the correct size for their brackets. To support the length and weight of larger drapes on a traverse rod, install additional brackets every 40 inches along the width of the drapes.

Step 6

Set the traverse rod into the bracket and use a flat head screwdriver to turn the cam and lock the rod in place.

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