How to Install a Curtain Rod in Brick
Installing a curtain rod is a fairly simple procedure and adds a lot of style to a plain brick wall. The steps below are a great guide to installing a curtain rod on a brick wall.
Step 1 – Safety First
Before you set out on installing a curtain rod in a brick surface, make sure that you have all the safety gear on. Wear your work gloves. Also prevent any eye injury by wearing a safety glass. An ear plug is also a good precautionary measure.
Step 2 – Screws
The very first step in installing a curtain rod is to make sure the screws are apt for brick walls. Generally, the screws that come with the curtain rod is not fit to be drilled into brick surfaces. So make sure that you replace these with a set of concrete screws. The length of the screws should be 1 or 1 ¾ inches longer than the curtain rod's bracket plate.
Step 3 – Marking the Spots
The next step in the installation process is to mark the spots where the brackets will be fixed. The brackets serve as arms that hold the curtain rod. Place the bracket on the brick wall and make a mark through the hole.
Step 4 – Caution
While you are marking the spots that need to be drilled, make sure the positioning is right. The brackets should be held on a surface that is even. The mark should not fall on the mortar area, that is, in between two bricks.
Step 5 – Marking the Opposite Side
After establishing the bracket mark, on one side, move on to replicate the mark on the other side as well. With a measuring tape measure the height from the floor to the marked position. Based on this measurement, mark the spot on the opposite side.
Step 6 – Selecting the Drill Bit
Now that the bracket spots are marked on the brick wall, the next step is to decide on the size of the drill bit. As a rule, for a screw of 1/4 inch a drill bit of 3/16 is apt.
Step 7 – Achieving the Right Depth
The next step is to achieve the accurate depth for the screw to fit in properly. The depth should be 1/4 inches more than the length of the concrete screws. You can achieve this precision by taping the drill bit with a marked out tape.
Step 8 – Drilling
Connect the drill to a power source. Remember that you are working on a brick surface. Hence you will have to put in more force into the drilling. Make sure you stay on the marked spot and do not shake too much during the drilling process.
Step 9 - Dust
After drilling vacuum out the hole to pull out the debris. If there is any sand in the hole, the screw will not stay in position.
Step 10 – Placing the Brackets
Now place the brackets on both the sides. Use the concrete screws and screw them into the introduced holes.
Step 11 – Placing the Rod
The next step is to place the curtain rod. Slide the rod through the brackets. The brackets are sturdy enough to hold the rod in position.
Step 12 – Dressing it up
Step back and look at the alignment. If all looks well, go ahead and dress your brick wall with a drape of your choice.