Curtains are used to offer privacy to windows in a home, but they can also be used to complement the style by adding colour, style and texture. Window treatments are widely used as a design tool to visually heighten or widen a room and create a focal point in a space that lacks architectural detail.
But window treatments are also a way to help keep your home cool during the summer month by blocking UV light, and warm during the winter months by blocking draughts and insulating a house.
If you don’t already have the hardware fitted for hanging window treatments, or want to change the existing hardware you need to consider the options and look at the best way to install. In this article we look at mounting a curtain pole, rails, a rod or curtain tracks.
First off, it is important to note that during the construction of a house concrete lintels are fitted above windows, no matter how small or large. Concrete lintels are used to support the brickwork above.
When mounting hardware for window treatments you will probably find that in most instances you will need to drill into the concrete lintel, unless the hardware is being mounted higher up, or further out at the sides, in which case you will be drilling into brick and mortar.
YOU WILL NEED:
Impact drill with hammer function
Masonry or all-purpose drill bits
Nylon wall plugs* and screws
Safety glasses and ear muffs
*If you have attended a DIY Divas workshop you will know that we recommend nylon wall plugs as opposed to the plastic type. Nylon does not soften when heated up and is therefore far stronger when mounting hardware or fittings that will support heavy items.
1. In order to drill into concrete you need to use an impact drill set on ‘hammer’ function. If the drill you are using doesn’t have a ‘hammer’ function, perhaps borrow or hire one for the day.
2. After measuring and marking where to drill the holes for mounting the hardware, make sure that the stepladder is firmly footed.
3. Set the depth gauge on the drill if it has one, or wrap masking tape around the drill bit to the depth that needs to be drilled out. This is usually the length of the wall plug plus an extra centimetre.
4. Hold the drill firmly with both hands. If your drill is fitted with a front hand support – use this. Hold the drill perpendicular to the wall so that the holes you drill will be level and straight.
5. Set the drill on ‘hammer’ function before you start. Push the drill against the mark and switch on. You can start at a slow speed until you break through the plaster layer and then switch on to full speed.
GOOD TO KNOW
When used on hammer function the drill can be loud. Make sure you wear ear muffs if you need to drill lots of holes.
6. When you reach the depth to the drilled, leave the drill switched on and pull out / push in a couple of times to clean out the hole. The flutes or spirals on a drill are designed to remove debris from the hole as you work.
Continue to use this method to drill out all the holes required for mounting your hardware. Now you are ready to insert the wall plugs and hang your curtain pole, rod, rail or track.
GOOD TO KNOW
If the nylon wall plug doesn’t fit easily into the drilled hole, use the drill to clean out any remaining debris by switching on and pushing in / pulling out a couple of times.