Easy measuring your window.
Measuring drop length.
Measuring track width and Overall drop.
Measuring rod width doesn`t include the end finials and the overall drop is from the bottom of the ring.
Cord Drawn track has an overlap arm, this will add to your finished curtain width.
Hand Traverse track.
Measuring up for your window furnishings should be the first and the most important step you make. Get this wrong and it could be costly.
Always use a retractable tape measure the ones you buy from the hardware store to give you accurate measurements.
Measuring in side the window recess take 1 cm off the width to allow for track or rod to easy fit inside. Measuring drop take 1cm off overall drop.
Measuring outside the window recess, measure width of frame and add 20cm. 10cm on each end to allow curtains to stack back when opened. Track or rod should be installed 10cm above your window.
It is not recommended to install on the window frame (architrave) As this is not structural, it is just a finishing edge for your window To do so would be at your own risk.
To measure the hook drop, measure from the hole in the runner to required length. If curtains are floor length then deduct 1.5 cm for floor clearance.
For the overall drop of your curtains you measure from the hole in the runner to the top of the track for a standard track, for decorator rods and other rods with rings measure from the hole in the runner to the underneath of the ring or rod then add this to your hook drop.
Measuring for conduit rod, (normally used for sheers 1.6cm diameter) Top of rod to required length gives you a rod drop and 2cm to give you your overall drop (this is industry standard can be changed to suit your furnishings.)
Installing Curtain Tracks and Rods
All rod Brackets are mounted horizontally.
Track brackets have 2 types of brackets: support brackets which go evenly space across the track and are mounted horizontallyand end brackets which go on the ends and are mounted vertically.
Determine the placement of the brackets on the wall. You can pre assemble the track on the floor to check to see if the end brackets need to be higher then the support brackets.
Install all the brackets except one end and clip the track into place, mark your last bracket out and mount, then attach track.
Mounting to brick you will need wall plugs screws need to be at least 50mm long.
Mounting into timber you will need screws at least 50mm long.
Mounting into gyprock you will need wall anchors these come with there own screws and they expand and lock into place behind the hollow wall.
Information on Frequently asked questions.
Expandable tracks runners donít run smoothly over the join that makes the track expandable.
Runners are also known as sliders.
Inside window recess or Inside Reveal.
Outside window recess or Outside reveal.
Tracks or rods with finials, track width is between the finials. These are the caps or knobs on the end of a rod.
Overlapping curtains when there is a pair, overlap arms are standard on cord drawn tracks or rods but can be added to hand drawn tracks or rods. When you close your curtains one curtain overlaps the other so there is no gap in the centre.
Return ends are the measurement from the front of the track back to the wall. These are optional and if your track does not have a return end hole in the bracket for the hook so your curtain can return to the wall and would like it too, you can use a small angle bracket and line up the hole in the bracket as a hook drop and secure it to the wall.
One way draw is used on sliding doors and draws to one side can be left or right.
Centre close is when you have a pair of curtains and they close in the centre.
Wall fix is when your brackets are mounted on the wall for your track or rod.
Ceiling fix also known as top fix, is when your track is mounted to the ceiling and only the track attachment part of the bracket is used. Ideal for inside reveal and bay windows. Brackets can be separated so you can use just the top fix part if needed.
Head up sizes for your curtains, this is how we work it out, centre close track width + Overlap 10cm (optional) + return ends (optional) + 8cm For slack (so your curtains donít spring back) divide by 2 = head up size.
One way draw, track width + return end (optional) + 4cm for slack = head up size.
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