Creating Extra Long Curtain Rods

Today you will discover ways to create an additional long curtain rod using 3/4″ standard curtain rods or 2.5″ & 4.5″ Dauphine wide-pocket rods.

On occasion, a window application may demand a curtain rod of a longer length than emerges as a stock item or even as a special order item in stores. The essential 3/4″ curtain rod will come in a direct 12 foot length.

Simply attach the short return pieces to the end and the job is done. However, this may be cost prohibitive since anything over 8 foot in total must certanly be shipped by motor freight. This may cost at the least $125 only for the freight. Furthermore, a presentation fee will be added because the rods will demand additional packaging to help keep them from getting bent in transit. This is simply not a really cost effective method unless several windows are involved distributing the cost out per rod The remedy is very easy requiring a little work and several items to complete (duct tape, hacksaw, pliers, file). The next outlines a remedy I used greater than a few times.

Purchasing the Supplies

The essential 3/4″ standard curtain rod 2½ or 4½” wide-pocket curtain rod may be extended beyond the longest offered sizes of 120″ to 156 “.First, purchase the longest rod available ensuring to pick the return projection needed. The return is the exact distance that the rod projects out of the wall. A number of different projections are available on the 3/4″ rod: 1½”, 2½”, 3½” and 5½ “.On the wider flat 2½” and 4½” Dauphine rods the return projection should not be a problem as these rods include adjustable brackets allowing the return depth to be set as necessary. Second, after determining the longest rod available for the application form, calculate how much more extra rod length needed and purchase ANOTHER curtain rod several feet or maybe more longer compared to the length needed. A curtain rod extender is another choice allowing extensions in lengths of 24″ each.

Completing the Project

For the 3/4″ Standard Curtain Rod

When most of the supplies and rods are ready, start by cutting off the return end of the additional rod with a hacksaw. After cutting the 3/4″ rod it might require filing to smooth any rough edges to greatly help it slide in to the adjoining rod and prevent your curtain fabric from snagging. Pliers may be needed to create one end larger or smaller to accommodate the adjoining rod Next, insert the cut piece into the key rod using the maximum amount of length as possible. This may improve the strength of the rod and help prevent it from sagging. Before sliding the rod in to the curtain or valance rod pocket, lay the rod on to the floor, measure the exact length needed and secure the rod with Duct Tape so it doesn’t telescope together when threading the curtain rod pocket. If the curtain rod may show, consider using white Duct Tape which will come in most large retailers.

For the Dauphine or Wide-Pocket Rods

Snap off the return bracket on both ends of the additional rod Pliers may be needed to create one end larger or smaller to accommodate the adjoining rod Before sliding the rod in to the curtain or valance rod pocket, lay the rod on to the floor, measure the exact length needed and secure the rod with duct tape so it doesn’t telescope together when threading the curtain rod pocket Extra long curtains. Another option is by using several very short sheet metal screws to put on the rods together.

When installing remember to use additional center support brackets to put on the longer rod securely set up and to avoid it from bending. Be sure to have a helper to hold the rod since it is super easy to bend this kind of long and skinny rod especially with all the current additional weight on it. While this technique is ideal for curtain rods, it doesn’t benefit traverse/drapery rods. The duct tape or screws would get in how and the slightest deflection in the rod will keep the carriers from sliding properly.

Interior Mall also offers several curtain rods for sale in extra long lengths.

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