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Hanging ceiling mounted traverse curtain rods will enhance your window’s look and functionality because traverse rods allow you to slide curtains back and forth easily. This task of hanging ceiling mount traverse rods takes just a few common skills and your basic tools. You can mount these traverse rods to a doorway, ceiling above a window or inside inset windows.

Step 1: Measure

Measure the width of the opening from the edge of the window or doorway. Make sure the width covers the window area you need to cover. Then choose a traverse curtain rod to fit this width. Most are expandable so you don’t need to find one that is exact.

Step 2: Count slider hooks

Decide how many slider hooks you will need by dividing the width of your curtains by 4 (four inches for each slider hook). Take the rod apart by sliding the two ends away from each other. Remove the slider hooks you won’t need and put the traverse rod back together.

Step 3: Place brackets

Place the first bracket near the edge of the window or doorway and make a mark through the mount hole with a pen. Drill a small pilot hole at your mark with a drill and 1/16 inch bit. If there is no stud at this hole, tap a small plastic drywall anchor into the hole. Repeat this for each bracket. Use a bracket about every three feet.

Step 4: Mount brackets

Mount the ceiling mount traverse curtain rod brackets to the ceiling by screwing them in place with a screwdriver.

Step 5: Place rod or sliding track on brackets

Snap the traverse curtain rod or sliding track curtain rod into the bracket. In some rods, you have to move a small catch to the side, insert the rod and then move the catch back, then screw the bracket in place on the ceiling.

Step 6: Slide curtain hooks

Slide your curtain hooks into the top of the curtain about an inch from the top every four inches. Hang the curtains on the traverse rod hooks.