Pencil pleat curtains install guides

Use our step-by-step guides to install your new curtains like a pro.

Pencil pleat curtain installation

Getting started

Be careful not to damage the curtain when removing the packaging. Unpack the curtain and check the following parts are included:

  • Curtain/s
  • Hooks

Illustrated steps

P60697 Curtains Pencil Pleat Installation Guides WEB Step 1a

Step 1

Our curtains come packed flat for shipping and will need to be hooked and gathered before hanging

P60697 Curtains Pencil Pleat Installation Guides WEB Step 1b

Generally, it’s best to hook into the bottom pocket when hanging on a track, and in the top pocket when hanging on a rod, but you may choose a different pocket to suit your circumstances.

P60697 Curtains Pencil Pleat Installation Guides WEB Step 1c

Hook each fourth pocket by threading the hook up through the bottom of the pocket and flipping it over (a & b).

P60697 Curtains Pencil Pleat Installation Guides WEB Step 2

Step 2

To gather your curtains, find the strings coming out of one side of your curtain tape. Grip these in one hand while pulling the fabric along the strings away from your gripping hand forming pleats in the tape. Continue to gather the fabric into pleats until the curtain is the desired width (i.e. just over half the track length for a pair of curtains, and a little longer than the track length for single curtains).

P60697 Curtains Pencil Pleat Installation Guides WEB Step 3

Step 3

When gathered to the right width, tie the strings with a slip knot and slip the knot over the first hook – this enables you to undo the strings in the future should you want to wash the curtains or re-size. Evenly space the gathers along the length of the curtain.

P60697 Curtains Pencil Pleat Installation Guides WEB Step 4

Step 4

Lift the curtain off the ground and begin hanging by clicking the first hook into the endcap at the end of the curtain track – this is the loop that doesn’t move and holds your curtains in place.

Tip: We recommend resting the curtain over your shoulder as you do this so it doesn’t pull heavily on the track before it is fully installed. You may need someone to help you.

P60697 Curtains Pencil Pleat Installation Guides WEB Step 5

Step 5

Continue hooking the curtain into the glide loops until your curtain is hanging off the track or rod.

For a pair of curtains, repeat steps 1-4 for the other curtain and hang from the other side of the window towards the centre.

P60697 Curtains Pencil Pleat Installation Guides WEB Step 6

Step 6

To remove any excess glides, rotate a ¼ turn so the glide and track are parallel then gently pull out of the back of the track.

P60697 Curtains Pencil Pleat Installation Guides WEB Step 7

Step 7

Check the fit by pulling the curtains closed to ensure there is enough to overlap slightly at the middle so there are no gaps. If they don’t meet in the middle sufficiently, undo the slip knot and let the gather out a little until they do. When finished, tie a new slip knot, place the slip knot over the end hook on the track or rod, then even out the pleating.

Tracks & rods installation

Getting started

Being careful not to damage the track or rod; remove the packaging and check that the following parts are included:

  • Curtain track or rod
  • Face fixing brackets + 2 screws per bracket (number of brackets depends on the length of the track or rod)
  • Bracket covers (one per bracket)
  • Finials or endcaps x 2 (supplied with rods only)
  • Glides attached to track or rod

Tools required:

  • Pencil
  • Tape measure
  • Phillips screwdriver (track only)
  • Power drill with a 3mm drill bit
  • #2 square drive
P60697 Rods Installation Guides WEB Step 1a

Step 1

Find the position you originally measured from when ordering your curtains. Remember the top of your curtains should sit 5mm higher than the top of your track, or if using a rod, they will sit flush with the underside of the rod.

Ideally, if available, fix your first and last brackets into wood behind the wall lining (plasterboard) within the first 250mm of the ends of the track (a).

Tip: Use a stud finder to find wood.

P60697 Rods Installation Guides WEB Step 1b

If there is no wood within the first 250mm of track, use wall plugs and place the first and last brackets within 100mm of the ends of the track or rod.

Space the remaining brackets evenly between the first two, no more than 700mm apart.

Fitting tracks

P60697 Tracks Installation Guides WEB Step 2

Step 2

If fitting a track, attach it to the brackets by ‘hooking’ it onto the front of each bracket.

P60697 Tracks Installation Guides WEB Step 3

Step 3

Lock the track in place from underneath using a Phillips screwdriver to turn the camlock counter clockwise until it stops.

Fitting rods

P60697 Rods Installation Guides WEB Step 2

Step 2

If fitting a rod, raise the rod to meet the underside of the brackets.

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Step 3

Fix in place from above by turning the camlock a ¼ turn on each bracket.