You’ve spent a ton of time and money researching curtains, buying costly hardware and hanging your curtains. The last thing you want to see is a drooping curtain rod and screws falling out of the walls. What can you do to prevent it?
Certain types of curtains and curtain rods require extra support to remain intact and prevent wall damage.
You should take extra precautions to reinforce your curtain rod if:
- Your curtains are made of a heavy material
- You’re installing curtains that cover a lengthy window span
- You’re installing curtain rod brackets on plaster or drywall
If any of these situations apply to you, you’ll need to invest in extra materials to reinforce your curtains. Here’s what you need to know.
How to Reinforce a Curtain Rod Using Traditional Brackets
Traditional curtain rod brackets install into the wall with screws. They require a whole host of supplies to set up: screws, a screwdriver, a power drill, a stud finder and a level.
Let’s explore the best ways to reinforce a curtain rod in common curtain-hanging situations.
1. Installing Heavy Curtains
If you’re installing heavy curtains, you’ll need a specialty curtain rod that’s designed to hold extra weight. If your curtain rod is too flimsy, the weight of the curtains will cause the curtain rod to droop in the middle, and potentially even break.
Fabrics like blackout curtains, interlining or thick drapery such as velvet all require heavy-duty curtain rods.
2. Installing a Curtain Rod in Drywall
When hanging traditional curtain rod brackets, you’ll need to figure out if there’s a stud behind the drywall where you’re drilling a hole.
If there is a stud, you can get by using just a screw. Screwing directly into a stud is the most secure way to support your curtain rod and brackets, so you should always try to locate a stud above your window before trying other methods.
If there isn’t a stud, you’ll need to use a drywall anchor and a screw to reinforce your curtain rod brackets. Without a drywall anchor, a screw won’t be able to hold the weight of your curtain rod. You risk pulling the brackets out of the wall and causing pesky damage.
3. Installing a Curtain Rod in Plaster Walls
If you have plaster walls, you may find that regular wall anchors and screws fall right out of the wall. You’ll need to use a longer screw than the one that comes with your curtain hardware. Make sure you screw through the plaster and into the framing around the window to keep the brackets in place.
4. Hanging Curtains Over Long Windows
Need to hang curtains on wide windows? If your curtains cover a long window span, you’ll need to install a functional support bracket to reinforce the curtain rod and prevent it from sagging in the middle. As a rule of thumb, curtain rods require a support bracket every 30-36 inches. If your window extends longer than 60 inches, you’ll need to buy two support brackets.
How to Reinforce a Curtain Rod with Kwik-Hang Brackets
Reinforcing curtain rods is no easy feat. And researching the right kind of hardware to support your curtain rods can be time consuming and expensive.
When it comes to hanging curtains, there’s no need to spend countless hours (and dollars) on trial and error. Save yourself the time, money and frustration with Kwik-Hang curtain rod brackets.
Kwik-Hang’s revolutionary curtain rod brackets are a fast, simple, stress-free alternative to traditional curtain rod brackets. Simply place the Kwik-Hang brackets on the top of your window trim, tap them in, hang your curtains and move on to your next task. No screws, drills, holes or damage.
Kwik-Hang brackets hold up to 20 pounds, and you can reinforce your curtain rod with a Kwik-Hang center bracket for added support.
Ready to try them out for yourself? Test our Kwik-Hang curtain rod brackets risk free today.