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Drapes Installation Instructions

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Hanging Drapes

  When hanging draperies on existing or new rods, please follow these instructions:  
  A. Center of Rod (Master Carrier) - This is the metal finger beneath the rod- see photo 1A.
 
1A
    1. Place the first drape hook or pin on the edge of the drape to the hole on the tip of the master carrier.
  B. Other Carriers – The remaining hooks on the drape should be placed into each successful carrier hanging beneath the rod while making certain to move “unused carriers toward the end” of the rod. That is, do not leave any unused glides in between the drape pleats. Excess plastic carriers can be removed at the end of the rod by “releasing” the stop mechanism located at the end behind the rod face.
  C. End of the Rod Bracket Attachment – While one end of the drape is placed in the first hole at the tip of the master carrier, the other end of the drape should wrap around the corner of the rod attaching the drape hook or pin to the bracket anchoring the rod to the wall.
1C
  D. Crease the Stiffener (Crinoline) in the Header – Once the drape has been hung on the rod, be sure to pull the material in between the pleats at the top of the drape outward toward you and away from the wall. Simply slip your finger between the back of the drape and rod, pull the material away from rod, and crease it by hand in the middle (see photo 1D).

1D
  E. Reduce Wrinkling –      
    I. Reshape or press the pleating firmly in between your hands running them from the top of the drapery down to the bottom of each pleat.  
    II. Make sure the crinoline at the top is both creased and pulled out away from the wall; leave the draperies in the open position for twenty-four to forty-eight hours. This will allow the “shaping” to settle and form.  

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Mounting Rods

 
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  When installing new rods, please follow these instructions:    
  A. Standard Rod Installation – In order to mount a rod firmly on a wall, you will need to anchor it to the studs and window header behind the sheet rock surrounding the window. Therefore, the following are the recommended placement instructions “based on the drape height you select”;    
    I. Drape Past Bottom of Window    
    a. Simply measure 3” out on each side of the window evenly and 4” above. Mark these reference points with a pencil.    
    b. Mount your end brackets (see photo) at each side of the window (3” out from the side of the casing and 4” above the window frame).
     
    c. For drape rods five (5) feet or larger; also mark a reference point 4” above the casing and above the center of the window. This is where you will want to install a “support bracket” so the rod will not bow from the weight of the drape.    
    d. Install the cord tension pulley behind the drape and 1” up from the length or bottom of the drape.
    II. Drape to the Floor - This type of drape coverage has the rod mounted 4”above the window, 3” out on each side of the casing with the draping hanging down to approximately 1” above the floor or carpet.    
    a. Therefore, simply measure 3” out on each side of the window evenly and 4” above. Mark these reference points with a pencil.    
    b. Mount your end brackets (see photo) at each side of the window (3” out from the side of the casing and 4” above the window frame).
    c. For drape rods five (5) feet or larger; also mark a reference point 4” above the casing and above the center of the window. This is where you will want to install a “support bracket” so the rod will not bow from the weight of the drape.    
    d. Install the cord tension pulley behind the drape and 1” up from the length or bottom of the drape.
    III. Floor to Ceiling Drapes – These drapes provide a more custom and formal appearance. The drape rod is centered above the window and mounted approximately 1” below the ceiling onto the wall itself.    
    a. Measuring 3” out on each side of the window casing for the width marking these reference points. Now, moving vertically up the wall using a straight object (such as a yardstick or a board) mark these same reference points at 1” below the ceiling. Mount your end brackets here.  
    b. Again, for drape rods five (5) feet or larger; also mark a reference point 4” above the casing and above the center of the window. This is where you will want to install a “support bracket” so the rod will not bow from the weight of the drape.    
    c. Install the cord tension pulley behind the drape and 1” up from the length or bottom of the drape.
  B. Mounting Brackets      
    I.Types-      
    a. End Brackets – These are the brackets that attach to the ends of the rods to hold it in place.    
    b. Support Brackets – these are the brackets mounted in the middle of the rod to provide center support and prevent “bowing”.    
    II.Installing Brackets Properly – Two Important Rules    
    a. 2 Screws Per Bracket – Use at least two screws per bracket for a proper mount.    
    b. Mount into Stud or Header Board – Always, try to mount your brackets into studs or window headers. This will provide a firm mount. Using toggle bolts will not provide the same level of secure mounting and may actually pull out from the wall depending on the total weight of the window covering.    
    c. Common Tools Needed      
      I. Tape measure
II. Drill
III. Screw driver
IV. Pencil
V. Center Punch
   
  C. Decorative or Custom Rod Installation -    
    I. Installs the same as a standard rod for individual window applications. The only difference is you move the rod 2 ¼” higher up so that you can see the custom rod.    
  D. Tab Top Rods –      
    I. These rods are installed similarly to regular standard rods with the exception of the support bracket in the middle. Center supports cannot be mounted on tab top rods since these brackets would prevent any movement of traversing the tab drape across the rods.    
  E. Hanging Valances – How to hang your valances vary slightly depending on the type of valance. Therefore, based on your selection, follow these instructions as shown:    
    I. Balloon, Continental, Halo, and Embassy Valances -    
    a. Rod Placement – First, establish where you will be mounting your drape rod (see either “Standard or Custom rod installation instructions”).
I. Drape Past Bottom of Window
II. Drape to Floor
III. Floor to Ceiling Drapes


Second, because you are using a valance that is intended to cover a drape, be sure to use 9” brackets so your valance will clear the drape underneath it.


Third, the valance end brackets should be mounted “just outside of the rod brackets"; (i.e. 1”-2” one to two inches) on each side. The valance rod itself should be mounted at the same height as the drape rod. Fourth, once the brackets are installed, slide the valance onto the rod (before placing/hanging your rods onto the brackets) through the top pocket hole on the valance. This part should be bunched together evenly across the face of the rod.
   
   
      Now, form the “balloon drop” (valance fabric beneath the rod) by hand. The balloon drop will need to be stuffed with paper to create the billowing effect. Try to standardize the appearance throughout so that the billowing or folds all match evenly.    
    II. Pinch Pleat Valance – Pinch pleat valances are basically small drapes. They, however, really look elegant and beautiful when they are used on top or over a drape.    
    a. Rod Placement – First, establish where you will be mounting your drape rod (see either “Standard or Custom rod installation instructions”).
 I. Drape Past Bottom of Window
 II.Drape to Floor
 III.Floor to Ceiling Drapes

Second, because you are using a valance that is intended to cover a drape, be sure to use 6” brackets so your valance will clear the drape underneath it.

Third, the valance end brackets should be mounted “just outside of the rod brackets; (i.e. 1”-2” one to two inches) on each side. The valance rod itself should be mounted at the same height as the drape rod. Fourth, once the brackets are installed, mount the rod up by snapping it in place.

Hanging your pinch pleat valance is easy. It will arrive with drape hooks/pins already attached to the back top of it. You will be placing these hooks/pins onto the “standard rod” and its carriers attached beneath it. Start at one end of the rod attaching the first hook/pin on the pinch pleat valance around the end of the rod in the top hole on the end bracket. Wrap the valance around the bracket at the end and place each subsequent pin/hook into a rod carrier that hangs beneath the rod. Be sure to move unused carriers towards the other end of the rod. When the valance completely covers the rod, wrap the end of the valance around the bracket (as you did previously) hooking it onto the end bracket itself. Your valance installation should now be complete.

   
  F. Scarf Valances – Hanging Scarf Valances hardware is similar to installing rod brackets.    
    You will need to purchase two to three scarf holders depending on how you will style your scarf valance. In other words, if you want your Scarf Valance to hang from each side of the window and dipping downward in the middle, then use two of the scarf valance hardware holders; one on each side of the window. Whereas, if you want your Scarf Valance to hang from each side of the window and rise upward in the middle, you will use three scarf valance hardware holders.    
    I. Scarf Holder Placement – As you do with drape rod brackets, measure 3 inches on both sides of your casing and 4 inches above marking these as reference points. Then, install your scarf holders evenly 4” above and to 3” each side of your window.
If you wish to use a third scarf holder for the style you are using, measure exactly 4” above the exact center of the window casing and mark this reference point on the wall (where you will then install the third scarf holder).
   
  G. Hanging Tab Top Drapes – Once the tab rod brackets have been installed, run the rod shaft through the tab openings at the top of the drapes. Be sure not to miss any of the tabs.    
     

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