Fixing curtain track

Fixing may be on to a batten or directly into the wall or ceiling. The actual fixing procedure varies according to the type of curtain track. Fixing instructions are normally provided with a manufacturer’s kit.

Batten fixing is suitable for fixing over a straight run. A 2 in. by 1 in. (5 by 2.5 cm) batten is screw-fixed to the wall and the curtain track is then fixed to the batten. The depth of the batten allows the curtains to fall clear of the sill.

Caution: It is important to ensure, when making a fixing hole in a wall or ceiling, that there are no obscured, potentially dangerous areas, such as electric cable runs, buried below the plaster. If a preliminary probe hits an obstacle, re-locate the hole.

Whether your curtain track is to be used with conventional or deep-headed curtains or under a pelmet, there is a wide range of styles, finishes and types. Curtain track is made in plastic, nylon, wood or metal, plain or decorative. It can be straight, curved to fit round a bow or bay window or in sections with joining pieces that make the track suitable for almost any situation. Some plastic rail may be bent under mild heat to go round corners and some metal rail is malleable.

Your choice of curtain track depends on the style and weight of the curtains, the general décor of the room and, most important, the fixing surface available.

Positioning. Curtain track is normally fixed outside the window reveal. Where curtaining might obstruct too much of the light during the day, it is a good idea to take the track across the adjoining walls. How far depends on preference and the space available. This solution gives uninterrupted light by day and a night-time curtained wall area.

Where fitting a track inside the reveal is the only practical solution, the track may be better fixed to the ceiling to avoid friction as the curtains brush against the window. Ceiling fixing may also be necessary if there is not sufficient space above the window reveal to fit a curtain track.

Strip track. Perhaps more attractive than standard track. Deep headings may be more suitable, as they stand upright. Plain headings tend to flop forward, showing the rail.

With this type of track, one length only is needed on a straight run, since a fitting, which is attached to one of the curtains, allows an overlap. The fitting, 2 in.— 3 in. (5-7.5 cm) long, slots on to the track with the rest of the runners. There are one or two holes in the fitting, allowing the last three hooks at the end of the curtain to slot into them. The fitting moves with the curtain and, as it is curved about in. (1 .3 cm) from the track, it gives an overlap when the curtains are drawn.

With a pelmet. Where a pelmet is used, standard metal or plastic track can be used, since the rail is hidden. Combination tracks, consisting of two parallel lines of track, are also available. This type can be used over a straight run to hang net and heavier curtains together.

Curtain pole. An attractive way of hanging curtains over a straight run is to use a curtain pole. This may be made of metal, plastic or wood, plain or decorated. A variety of end pieces can be simply screwed into the ends.

Fixing is normally by brackets screwed to the wall. It is a good idea to match brackets and pole to give a unified look. Over long lengths, extra supporting brackets may be needed.

Track lengths. Curtain track is normally available in standard lengths, increasing by 150 mm or 300 mm (approximately 6 in. or 12 in.) increments. Suitable fixing brackets and screws are supplied with the runners, cord (where applicable), and end stops as part of the kit. Fixing brackets may differ for wall and ceiling fixing. So check this detail before buying.

Maintenance of modern curtain track should be minimal.

1 Wood or metal curtain poles may need painting.

2 Metal track may become noisy; an application of silicone wax will help to cure this.

3 Plastic track will need periodic washing.

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