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How To Install Double Rod Curtains

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Curtains are a pretty straightforward project. You buy them, you install the rods, and you hang the curtains. However, a lot of people tend to get confused when it comes to double rod curtains. It actually is not as complicated as you might think. Here is how to do it.

Select Your Curtains

Double rod curtains accomplish one of three things:

  1. You want to install a valance at the top over and above the main curtains without having to install extra rods.
  2. You want to install sheer panels over the tops of opaque panels, or vice versa.
  3. You want one set of curtains to remain open, while the other set is closed so that you can still maintain some sense of privacy without losing the decorative effect of window treatments.

​Keeping one of these three purposes in mind, select the curtains and/or curtains and valances you want. Make sure they are the right length for your windows. Then have a salesperson help you select the double rods.

Select Your Double Rods

Double rods are so named for the fact that they are basically a single rod hardware with an extension that allows you to hang two rods from the hardware that you attach to the window frame. Like single rods, these double rods come in a wide variety of styles and finishes. Choose the style and finish that really appeals to you and which will compliment or match the décor in the room where they will be installed.

​Get out Your Trusty Drill and a Flathead or Phillips Screwdriver

If you do not own any tools, you can rent the drill and buy the screwdrivers. Sometimes, you can install the hardware for the double rods by using old screw holes for the old hardware from old curtain rods. If you have pre-existing holes, and the holes look like they might match up just fine for your new curtain rod hardware, use them. Then the only things you have to do is screw the double rod hardware into the old holes (after removing the old, existing hardware, of course).

If there are no pre-existing holes for old curtain rod hardware, you will have to use a drill. Hold the hardware up to the window frames, use a pencil to mark the screw holes, and then use a small drill bit to pre-drill holes. Pre-drilling the holes will make it a lot easier to screw in screws than attempting to drill-drive the screws through the holes of the hardware. Finally, use the drill or a screwdriver (although you may find using the drill a lot faster and easier to use) to drive the screws through the matching holes in the hardware into the window frames. Now you can string your curtains onto the rods and place the rods in their hooks on the hardware.

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