How to Fix Up Curtain Poles

Fixing up curtain rods includes everything from repair to decoration. Solid curtain rods are sometimes too long and must be shortened for the best appearance. Curtain rods can lose their finials, their brackets or mounts may bend or pull out, or the colour of the rod may be unattractive. With slide-in type curtain rods the plastic protector over the larger edge often falls off. These are typical curtain rod problems, and with the cost of new rods, it is often a good idea to do minor repairs or fixes yourself.

Fix the length of a solid curtain rod by measuring to the right length, marking and cutting the rod using a mitre cut box, a hand saw if the rod is wood or a hacksaw if the rod is metal. With a metal rod, remove the end cap and save it for installation. After you cut the rod to size glue the end cap back on for best appearance. For wood rods it is a good idea to sand and paint the end to match the rest of the rod. Center and drill a new hole to reattach a finial if necessary.

Replace a missing finial by removing the remaining finial. Select a small styrofoam ball that is the same or slightly larger than the diameter of the curtain rod. Wrap the ball with fabric and fix the fabric in place by using a tightly wound rubber band. Trim off your excess fabric. Hot glue the finial to the end of the rod. Repeat for the other end. You can also cover the rod in the same fabric and glue it in place for a complete new look.

Repair cafe-style slide-in rods when the plastic protector on the edge of the larger rod becomes broken or missing. Slide the rods apart and use needle nose pliers to flatten and reshape the ragged edge. Use white electrical tape and wrap it over the rough edge so that half the tape is inside the rod and half outside. Wrap one or two more layers to hold the tape securely. This will create a smooth insertion point.

Remove twisted curtain rod brackets from where a curtain rod has been torn off the wall. Use needle nose pliers to straighten out the brackets. Mount the straightened bracket away from the torn wall holes. Use wall anchors and screw the brackets into the wall with a screw driver. Attach your curtain rod to the brackets. Replace any missing screws if the rod screws into the bracket.

Fix the colour of outdated curtain rods by removing the rods to an outdoor space. Purchase a metallic spray paint using a finish that is modern and updated. Place the rod so that you can spray all sides evenly. Make several thin coats to build up the metallic appearance. If your curtain rod brackets are visible, paint them with the same finish for the best finished appearance. Allow the paint to dry overnight before reinstalling your curtain rods.


When you move and take your curtain rods with you, buy small zipper-style plastic bags and place the brackets and screws for the rod in the bag. Tape your bag tightly to the curtain rods. This will allow you to easily rehang your curtains at your new home or store them for future use.

Things You'll Need

  • Solid curtain rod
  • Hand saw
  • Hacksaw
  • Hot glue gun
  • Paint
  • Drill
  • Finial
  • Small styrofoam ball
  • Fabric
  • Rubber band
  • Needle nose pliers
  • White electrical tape
  • Wall anchors
  • Screwdriver
  • Spray paint
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F.R.R. Mallory has been published since 1996, writing books, short stories, articles and essays. She has worked as an architect, restored cars, designed clothing, renovated homes and makes crafts. She is a graduate of the University of California at Berkeley with bachelor's degrees in psychology and English. Her fiction short story "Black Ice" recently won a National Space Society contest.