While heavy window treatments call for installation of mounting hardware into solid structures, lightweight curtains can be suspended without marring the walls. The simplest solution is to use a spring-mounted tension rod. Tension rods have come a long way in the past few years. Newer varieties of tension rods are configured to hang the curtain on the outside of the window casing. The appearance of the finished window treatment is indistinguishable from one suspended from curtain rods with hardware that has been nailed or screwed into the wall. This project requires no tools and can be completed in minutes.
Things You'll Need
- Spring-mounted tension rod
Standard Spring-Mounted Tension Rod
Expand the tension rod by holding one end in each hand and turning one end. Do a practice fitting of the rod on the window before placing curtains on the rod. Compress the rod by pushing the two ends toward the center.
Place the rod inside the window casing, horizontal and level, and allow it to expand to exert pressure on the window casing. The rod should be expanded until it fits tightly against the inside of the window frame or casing without bowing.
Remove the rubber cap from one end of the curtain rod. Thread the curtain onto the rod and replace the rubber cap. Position the rod inside the window casing and adjust the tension if needed. Evenly distribute the curtain fabric across the rod.
Decorative Spring-Mounted Tension Rod
Push the mounting brackets onto the ends of the rod. Twist the rod to expand it so the rod is an inch or so longer than the distance between the insides of the window casing. Do a practice fitting of the rod on the window before placing curtains on the rod. Compress the rod by pushing the two ends toward the center.
Place the mounting hardware inside the window casing so the rod is outside of the window. Allow the rod to expand to exert pressure on the inside of the window casing. The rod should be expanded until it fits tightly against the inside of the window casing without bowing.
Remove the mounting hardware from one end of the rod. Thread the curtain onto the rod and replace the mounting hardware. Position the rod inside the window casing and adjust the tension if needed. Evenly distribute the curtain fabric across the rod.
Tips & Warnings
- A lightweight scarf valance may be suspended above the curtain, using removable self-adhesive hooks.
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