How to Install Draperies

Under 2 hours

Complete the look of your windows by installing privacy drapes

Install Draperies

Drapes add an elegant touch to your home and help with light and temperature control. Installing drapes is an easy DIY project and can be completed in minutes. Though full installation can be accomplished with a simple screwdriver and pencil, we recommend pre-drilling with an electric drill or using a cordless screwdriver. Be sure to read your product’s included instructions for specific details pertaining to your custom window treatments.

Keep in mind that you will have to choose either an inside mount installation, or an outside mount installation before you measure, order and install your window treatments. 
 
Based on the type of drapes you purchase, view the corresponding video below to see step-by-step installation instructions: 

This project guide highlights the installation process for grommet, pinch-pleat, inverted-pleat, contempo-pleat, Tuscany and rod pocket drapery panels.

WHAT YOU NEED FOR THIS PROJECT

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Installing grommet drapery panels

• Drapery panels are one of the most beautiful touches you can add to your overall decor. Drapery panels create the illusion of a larger window opening and a finished touch to your windows. Grommet drapery panels are easy to install. In this short video, you'll see how simple it is.
• Determine where your draperies will hang by aligning a steel measuring tape vertically in the center of your window. Lower the tape measure down to a point where you would like the bottom of your drapery fabric to rest. Then, extend your measuring tape above the center of your window to the full length of your panel and mark lightly with a pencil.
• From this mark, measure out to each side a distance equal to half of your rod length. Subtract 6 inches for brackets and finials, and place a small mark at the top of your measuring tape. Align the top of your bracket on your pencil mark and then make two guide marks through the bracket holes with a pencil. Plastic wall anchors are included for attaching your mounting hardware. Drill a hole on each mark to insert your anchor screws. Then, gently tap your anchor screws into the holes until they are flush with the wall surface.
• Metal brackets come in two sections, an L-shaped section that is used to mount the bracket to the wall and a second section that is used to hold the drapery rod.
• Begin by securing the short end of the L-shaped extension bracket to the wall with two screws. Place the metal bubble located on the bottom of the rod holder section into the groove on top of the L-shaped extension bracket. Slide the rod holder section backward or forward along the groove to position the rod at the desired distance to the wall. Tighten the sections together with the adjustment screw.
• Next, place your finial at the end of the rod. Secure your finial to the rod by turning the adjustment screw clockwise. Slide your drapery panels onto the rod, and finish by securing the second finial.
• Lift up your completed drapery rod and carefully set it on your brackets. Secure the rod to your brackets by tightening the adjustment screws. Repeat on the right. And then, fan out the material on the pole to the inside edges of your bracket.
• And that's it. If you still have any questions about the installation of your panels, just give us a call. It's that easy.

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Installing pinch-pleat, inverted-pleat, contempo-pleat and Tuscany drapery panels

• Drapery panels are one of the most beautiful touches you can add to your overall decor. Drapery panels create the illusion of a larger window opening and a finished touch to your windows. Pleated and Tuscany drapery panels are easy to install. In these videos, you'll see how simple installation is.
• Determine where your draperies will hang by aligning a steel measuring tape vertically in the center of your window. Lower the tape measure down to a point where you would like the bottom of your drapery fabric to rest. Then, extend your measuring tape above the center of your window to the full length of your panel and mark lightly with a pencil.
• From this mark, measure out to each side a distance equal to half of your rod length. Subtract 6 inches, and place a small mark at the top of your measuring tape. If you are installing with wood hardware, begin by loosening the screws on the back of each of the wood brackets, and remove the attached bracket holders.
• Align the bottom of the center opening in the bracket holder over the top of your pencil mark, and then make two guide marks through the top and bottom openings with a pencil.
• If you are using metal hardware, align the top of your bracket opening over your pencil mark and make two guide marks with your pencil. Plastic wall anchors are included for attaching your mounting hardware. Drill a hole on each mark to insert your anchor screws. Then, press or tap your anchor screws into the wall.
• If you are using wood brackets, attach the bracket holders to both sides of your window with the included hardware. To mount your brackets to the wall, reattach them to the mounting hardware by sliding the screws in the brackets down to the slots.
• For installation of metal brackets, secure each bracket to the wall with two mounting screws. Count the number of hooks on the back of your drapery panels, and then begin assembling your valance by lightly turning the screw at the end of your first finial clockwise into the end of the wood pole. Turn your pole over and slide the number of rings onto the pole equal to the number of hooks on your panels.
• Attach the second finial to secure your rings. If you are using metal hardware, place your finial at the end of the rod. Secure your finial to the rod by turning your adjustment screw clockwise.
• For metal rings, attach the included plastic hooks before sliding your rings onto the rod. Finish by securing the second finial to your rod.
• Carefully place your pole on to your brackets and lift up the left edge of the pole to position the last ring on the left between the finial and mounting bracket. Then, repeat on the right.
• Insert the hook at the end of your left panel onto the ring between the finial and brackets, and continue until all hooks on the drapery panel are attached. Finish by attaching the right side panel.
• Drapery panels are available with a layer of fabric sewn to the back called a lining. A highly recommended option, linings protect the drapery fabric from sun damage and heat while improving the draping qualities of your panel.
• Complete the installation by adjusting the folds to a pleasing arrangement. And that's it. If you still have any questions about the installation of your panels, just give us a call. It's that easy.

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Installing rod pocket drapery panels

• Drapery panels are one of the most beautiful touches you can add to your overall decor. Drapery panels create the illusion of a larger window opening and a finished touch to your windows. Pleated and Tuscany drapery panels are easy to install. In these videos, you'll see how simple installation is.
• Determine where your draperies will hang by aligning a steel measuring tape vertically in the center of your window. Lower the tape measure down to a point where you would like the bottom of your drapery fabric to rest. Then, extend your measuring tape above the center of your window to the full length of your panel and mark lightly with a pencil.
• From this mark, measure out to each side a distance equal to half of your rod length. Subtract 6 inches for brackets and finials, and place a small mark at the top of your measuring tape. If you are installing with wood hardware, begin by loosening the screws on the back of each of the wood brackets, and remove the attached bracket holders.
• Align the bottom of the center opening in the bracket holder over the top of your pencil mark, and then make two guide marks through the top and bottom openings with a pencil.
• If you are using metal hardware, align the top of your bracket opening over your pencil mark and make two guide marks with your pencil. Plastic wall anchors are included for attaching your mounting hardware. Drill a hole on each mark to insert your anchor screws. Then, press or tap your anchor screws into the wall.
• If you are using wood brackets, attach the bracket holders to both sides of your window with the included hardware. To mount your brackets to the wall, reattach them to the mounting hardware by sliding the screws in the brackets down to the slots.
• Metal brackets come in two sections, an L-shaped section that is used to mount the bracket to the wall and a second section that is used to hold the drapery rod.
• Begin by securing the short end of the L-shaped extension bracket to the wall with two screws. Place the metal bubble located on the bottom of the rod holder section into the groove on top of the L-shaped extension bracket. Slide the rod holder section backward or forward along the groove to position the rod at the desired distance to the wall. Tighten the sections together with the adjustment screw.
• Begin assembling your valance by lightly turning the screw at the end of the first finial clockwise into the end of the wood pole. Slide your drapery panels on to the rod. Finish by tightening your second finial.
• If you are using metal hardware, secure your finial to the rod by turning your adjustment screw clockwise. Finish by securing the second finial.
• Lift up your completed drapery rod and carefully set it on your brackets. Fan out the material on the pole to the inside edges of your bracket.
• Complete the installation by adjusting the folds to a pleasing arrangement. And that's it. If you still have any questions about the installation of your panels, just give us a call. It's that easy.