Dressing your windows for success (and warmth and privacy) is as easy as installing a rod for ready-made curtains. Here’s how.
Before you do anything else, measure the area you'd like your deck to go and clear space around it. Head to your local Bunnings and pick up your modular decking system and make sure you have enough base and decking pieces to fill your designated space. If you're opting to make the deck yourself, choose the timber and have a team member cut it to size in-store – they'll even deliver it for you (but for this project we're opting for the easier modular system – you'll probably want to do this too).
With a bracket as the template, mark the holes either side of the window, using a small level to double-check they’re vertically lined up. Safety tip: Before drilling into walls, use a stud finder to check for wiring and pipework, and turn off the power while working.
If the curtain rod kit has adjustable brackets, assemble them using the supplied link screws with a screwdriver, adjusting the projections to be the same length. Tip: It’s easiest to assemble the brackets before affixing them to the wall, rather than after.
Pre-drill holes into the studs with a 3mm bit, then position the brackets and secure with supplied screws. Use a long screwdriver or extended driver bit with a drill to tighten screws. Tip: If the wall is masonry or hollow behind the plasterboard, secure screws using appropriate anchors (see ‘Which wall?’, below).
If the rod is adjustable, expand it to fit across the window and twist to lock. Remove one finial from the rod by unscrewing or using the supplied hex key to loosen the grub screw. Thread the rod through the curtain eyelets, tabs or pockets. Tip: For eyelets, ‘concertina’ the curtains so the end rings face outwards.
Replace the finial, winding it back onto the rod or tightening the grub screw. Even out the curtains so one eyelet or tab is on the outside of the brackets, then position the rod, securing it to the brackets with the supplied screws to prevent sliding.
Before drilling, you need to know what sort of wall you’re working with.
Hollow plasterboard: Plasterboard anchors provide a solid grip against the back of the wall. Choose anchors that can hold the combined weight of rod and curtain and check they suit 8G screws, which will be supplied with the curtain rod brackets.
Masonry: Use masonry anchor grips, checking they are appropriate to the weight and size screws provided with the brackets. Fit drill with a masonry bit in the size recommended on the packet to pre-drill holes for anchors.