How to Use Bendable Curtain Rods to Help Make Curtains Fit

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How to Use Bendable Curtain Rods to Help Make Curtains Fit
This circle top window is perfect for a bendable rod curtain. (Jupiterimages/ Images)

Not all windows are square or rectangular. Some are round, like portholes and others with curved glass in curved wall rooms. These unusually-shaped windows benefit the most from flexible curtain rods. A flexible rod can contour around the curve of a circular room or around the rim of a circular window. Because the rod is flexible, its adaptability is not confined to a specific arc.

Skill level:
Moderately Easy

Things you need

  • Bendable curtain rod
  • Curtain rod brackets
  • Screws
  • Screwdriver
  • Fabric
  • Sewing machine
  • Scissors
  • Rubber bands

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  1. 1

    Obtain a bendable curtain rod made of clear polycarbonate. Attach the curtain rod brackets made for bendable rods to the window where you are making and hanging the curtain. Fit the rod to the shape of the window at the rod brackets and cut the rod with shears or a hacksaw. The rod snaps into clamps on the brackets. On a circle top window, you typically have one centre bracket and two end brackets. You would design curtains with a notch for the centre bracket attachment.

  2. 2

    Measure the widest part of the circle top window. This will often be along the flat bottom edge. Divide this measurement in half and add 12 inches. Measure the length of the curved curtain rod and multiply this measurement by two. Cut your fabric.

  3. 3

    Fold the fabric in half lengthwise and make a 3-inch cut along the fold. This is the top of the curtain. Fold the fabric to the back 3/8 inch. Fold the fold to the back 3/8 inch and sew a hem around all sides of the fabric. Fold the top hem to the back 2 inches and sew a pocket by sewing a seam 1 3/4 inches from the edge.

  4. 4

    Remove the rod and slide the rod inside the pocket. Attach the rod at each end. Find the slit in the top edge and spread the fabric apart so you can attach the rod in the centre bracket. Gather the fabric to the bottom centre and wrap the fabric with a thick rubber band. Draw one of the long ends of fabric over the gathered fabric to form a ball or rosette shape. Use a second rubber band to hold the fabric under. This is a sunburst curtain and it can be made for any circular-shaped window.

  5. 5

    Adapt this basic design to make other types of valances. You can trim and shape the simple pocket top panel to form a straight hanging curtain, a swag bottom curtain or many other shapes. The notched opening for the centre rod bracket will keep the curtain in place and centred.

Tips and warnings

  • Always prewash your curtain fabrics to remove sizing so you can later launder the curtains without worrying about shrinkage.

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