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For the maximum amount of light, the end of the brackets should be placed on each side of the window opening so the curtains can be drawn back completely. The exact placement will depend on the width of the gathered curtain. In our project, only end supports are required. For larger windows, extra support also may be needed above the middle of the window. Curtain weight and rod strength should also be considered when deciding on how much rail support is needed.
Make a mark above the window recess for the required height of the rod. This will depend on curtain length and aesthetic preference. Hanging the rod close to the ceiling line can make a room look taller
Use the height mark to draw a level guide line above the recess; this should extend slightly beyond the recess width on each side.
Measure back to mark the position of the brackets. This distance will depend on the width of the gathered curtain.
Position the end support on the mark and use a pencil to mark off attachment holes. Remove the end support.
Excerpted from Do It Yourself Home Improvement
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