How to Install Kirsch Traverse Rods


Kirsch traverse rods work for many types of draperies, and are particularly well-suited to drapery panels. Installing Kirsch traverse rods requires more skill and attention than mounting a simple rod, but the effort is worth it. Kirsch rods are sturdy and long-lasting, and will allow you to have a wide variety of choices when it comes to your window treatments.

Things You'll Need

  • Measuring tape
  • Pencil
  • Drill
  • Screws
  • Brackets
  • Screwdriver


  • Lay the drapery panels flat on the floor and measure from one end to the other. If you’re using two drapery panels, subtract 5 inches for the center overlap. This is the width measurement.

  • Measure the height of the panels and subtract 1 inch. Measure by beginning 1 inch above the floor and mark the height of the panel above the window.

  • Use a pencil to mark the height of the drapery panels.

  • Mark the width of the drapery panels above the window where the width meets the height.

  • Measure the center of these two spots.


  • Drill a hole in the marked spots.

  • Place the screws through the center of the brackets and hold over the holes. Tighten the screws. Use two brackets for a two-way draw and one bracket for a one-way draw.

  • Push the rod into the brackets.

  • Lock the rod by turning the cam with a screwdriver. The inside/smaller section of the rod will go clockwise, while the outside/larger section of the rod will go counterclockwise.

  • Attach the cord pulley on the wall. Pull the cord through the loop at the bottom of the pulley. Pull the cord tight and re-knot it to the correct length. Cut off any excess cord.

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