Everyone has at least one window in their home that requires covering to provide privacy. If you have decided that you would rather hang curtains rather than blinds you will find yourself needing to decide how you wish to hold the curtains back. There are several design options for window hold backs. Different design options will require different hold backs. Some people prefer to have a swag look which requires hold backs to be placed lower on either side of the window. For a more uniform and traditional appearance hold backs should be centered on the sides of the window.
Once you decide upon the location for your curtain tie backs you will then want to pick the type of tie back you will be using. Both of these tedious bits of design decision will ultimately impact how you install your hold backs. Location and size of the hold backs will determine the best way to secure them to the wall without damaging the drywall. The most popular type of hold back for curtains is the hook shaped hold backs but an equally as popular hold back design would be medallions on posts.
Necessary supplies needed for installing curtain tie backs include:
- Cordless Drill & Bits
- Measuring Tape
- The Proper Hardware
Curtain hold backs are typically installed 3 inches from the edge of the window. In common construction builds this is the most secure place to install them. The Jack and Kings studs are typically located three inches from the windows edge. Installing hold backs here will not require the use of toggle bolts to keep the hold backs from pulling out of the wall.
If the hold backs are not properly secured to the wall they could slip out of the dry wall. This will cause dry wall damage and holes that will need to be addressed. The most common type of hardware used for installing curtain tie backs is long screws.
Now that you have everything necessary to install the hold backs you will take out your pencil and your measuring tape. Visually decide where you want the hold backs to be located. The typical installation is 40 to 48 inches from the floor up but this is a design preference. If you would rather have the hold backs lower just be sure to mark that point with the pencil. Measure three inches out from the edge of the window to be sure you find your stud and then measure up from the ground to reach your desired location. Use the pencil to mark the two intersecting spots.
Be sure to do this on both sides of the window. It is best to measure twice for accuracy. Now that you have the location of where the installation will be you will hold your curtain hold back up to that spot. There will be holes on the hold back. With the hold back in place poke the pencil through each hole. Make sure each poking leaves a mark on the wall. This is your indicator of where you will put the hold back and where you will drill.
Whenever installing hardware it is recommended to read the directions that are provided. Now that you have your markings ready be sure to line up the hold back to the marks on the wall. Place your screw on the tip of your drill bit and slowly screw it in. Repeat for each hole on the hold back. Repeat this for the other hold back.
If you are installing your tie backs in a wall that does not contain a stud you will want to drill your toggle in first and then drill the screw into it. This will secure the hold back and prevent wall damage. Once both sides are completed you can double check your work with a level and if you are pleased with them you will be ready to utilize your drape hold backs.
Drill a pilot hole on the mark with a cordless drill and a small drill bit. Place the holdback over the mark, insert a screw through its hole, and tighten it with a cordless screwdriver.