Learn how to hang curtain tracks and poles with our easy step by step guides and videos. For information on how to measure for tracks and poles take a look at our guide on how to measure tracks and poles.
Tools you’ll need to install your curtain pole or curtain track
• Measuring tape • Pencil and paper • Spirit level • Drill and drill bits • Screwdrivers
How to fit a curtain pole: Your step-by-step guide
Whether it’s fixed, extendable, metal or wooden, fitting a curtain pole will feel much easier once you’ve watched our helpful how-to video. In just a few simple steps, you’ll be ready to hang your curtains up and enjoy your chosen view.
For help with fitting a bay window curtain pole, scroll down for our dedicated step-by-step guide.
1. We recommend that your curtain pole sits 10cm above the window, and is longer than the length of your window by 10cm on either side. You may need to cut the pole to size for a better fit, and the pack instructions should tell you how best to shorten it.
2. 10cm from the edge of the window, mark the position of the end brackets and holes. If fitting heavyweight curtains or a pole over 180cm, you will also need a central bracket.
3. Drill the holes (fit plugs if required) and screw in the brackets, making sure they are correctly positioned before fully tightening all screws.
4. Fit the pole into the brackets by loosening the small screw on the cup of the bracket and put the pole in place.
5. Add finials to the end of the pole by loosening the small screw and slide the finial onto the pole, then tighten.
6. Position the pole centrally and tighten the small screws in the cup of the bracket.
How to Fit a Curtain Track: Your step-by-step guide
Curtain tracks are ideal if you’re looking for a discrete way of hanging your curtains inside or outside your window recess. They are much flatter than a pole, made from metal or plastic, and your curtain track should give you a nice smooth operation that can be used for pencil pleat or pinch pleat curtains. With this handy how-to video, we will help you revamp your window by fitting a new curtain track.
1. We recommend that your curtain track sits 10cm above the window, and is longer than the window width by around 10cm on either side. Follow the instructions included in the pack if you need to cut the track down to size.
2. Centre the track over the window and mark the position of the end brackets, 2cm from the end of the track.
3. Evenly distribute the rest of the brackets, no more than 50cm apart.
4. Fix the brackets in place according to the instructions in the pack.
5. Gliders can be clipped onto the front of the track or slide on at the end of the track.
How to Fit Bay Poles: Your step-by-step guide
Ideal for bay windows or any other three-sided windows, fitting a bay curtain pole takes a few extra steps to accommodate the bends, but will give your room a smart, stylish finish and the window coverage you want. These curtain poles dress a bay window perfectly to allow smooth, effortless opening and closing of your chosen curtains, and if you’re not sold on using a pole, a flexible track will offer a more subtle finish.
1. Place all pole parts on the floor in front of the bay window to calculate the position of the brackets.
2. We recommend that curtain poles should sit 10cm above the window. If any sections of your pole are too long for sections of the bay window, you will need to cut the pole to size by following the instructions in the pack.
3. For standard brackets, align one at the centre point of the window and one at each end, placed 10cm from where you want the pole to finish.
4. For the pass over brackets, calculate the position from the corner of them so the centre of the bracket is 4cm either side of the corner joint.
5. Mark the position on the wall for all brackets.
6. Drill the holes, fit plugs if required, and screw in the brackets. Double check the positioning before fully tightening all screws.
7. Fit the pole into the brackets by loosening the small screw on the cup of the bracket before putting the pole into place.
8. Add finials to the end of the pole.
9. Position the pole and tighten the small screws in the cup of the bracket.