How to Install Track Curtains

How to Install Track Curtains

When it comes to hanging curtains, the best place to start is to decide whether you like to use a curtain rod. To figure this option out in a timely manner, weigh your curtains. Heavyweight window furnishings, such as drapes, require curtain track systems due to the sheer girth of the fabric.

Lightweight curtains, on the other hand, have no limitations. However, there are times when curtain rail tracks are preferable to traditional methods, such as pre-made bay window curtain poles. These non-malleable curtain rods typically do not fit all window shapes and force interior designers to install more than one rod.

Needless to say, bypassing the aggravation altogether by installing curtain tracks from the get-go instead is better.

What Are Curtain Fittings?

Before we dive into how to go about installing curtain rods, let’s briefly review the items included in a curtain track system. Curtain fittings, also known as curtain accessories, include the following items.

  • Curtain Rail Track - houses runners

  • Curtain Runners - attached to a curtain

  • Hooks - used to hang curtains on runners

  • Wall Brackets - screwed into the wall

  • Mounting Brackets - connects curtain track to the wall bracket

  • Ceiling Brackets - added for extra top support

  • Pelmet - covers curtain rail track

Now that we have a general idea of what curtain fittings are, let’s take a closer look at the types of curtain installation systems.

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Traditional Versus Rail Track

As mentioned above, track systems are typically used with heavier curtains. This curtain installation setup foregoes traditional curtain rods, in favour of sturdier equipment. Which means several extra steps are required during installation.

Here is a general overview of what installing curtain poles is like.

  • Install a set of brackets

  • Attach curtain fabric to the curtain rod

  • Equip rod with curtain ends

  • Place curtain rod onto brackets

  • Admire your handy work

Needless to say, the installation process for curtain poles is pretty fast. Especially compared to installing a curtain rail track. Let’s take a look.

How to Hang Curtains on a Curtain Track System

The first step is picking out your curtain fittings. Curtain runners come in a few shapes and sizes. The most popular types are well-hidden U-rail and the slightly visible I-rail. Bear in mind, curtain runners determine the type of curtain rail track used.

With these picked out, determine where to put the wall brackets. To do so, decide how much of the wall you want the curtains to cover. For example, if you want the fabric to cover just the window, place the brackets on the inside of the window frame.

On the other hand, if you are decorating an area with lots of tight angels, such as a bay window, install the curtain track close to, if not on, the ceiling. Doing so creates an elegant look that bay window curtain poles simply cannot replicate easily.

Once the wall brackets are in place, it’s time to connect the mounting bracket. This ‘middleman’ piece ensures the curtain track stays in place while maintaining even pressure on the wall bracket.

To determine how far from the wall the mounting bracket should be, consider the number of curtain rail tracks you want to use. Starting space should be about 7 cm. Add an additional 5 cm with each track beyond the first. If you are using ceiling brackets, be sure to install them in the centre of the window.

With your all your brackets in place, equip your curtain rail track to them. Then, use hooks to attach your runners to the curtain. After everything is connected, slip each curtain runner into the track. Be sure to screw in the end-stop curtain runner!

Last but not least, connect your pelmet to the front of your curtain track system.

If done well, the new rail track and fancy curtains will look absolutely fabulous in your interior design project. That said, although curtain track system installation is slower than installing curtain rods, do not let it deter you.

Curtain rail tracks can generate a sense of sophistication and grace. Accompanying this fabulous look is functionality. Specifically, draperies often offer multiple functions, such as being light or soundproof. Which can come in very handy depending on your interior design needs.

Speaking of which, we want to know about your curtain hanging experience. The good, the bad, and the best methods you’ve found along the way. Be sure to share the post with your friends so they can get in on the action too!

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