Easy Industrial-Style Window Hardware

Hardware for industrial window treatmentsWith central urban living on the rise, many city developers are renovating old buildings into loft apartments. Modern and new structures are being built to accommodate the trend as well. Shopping for window treatments for these spaces can be an overwhelming task and leave the city dwellers completely frustrated when they can’t find ready-made window treatments available on the market. Too big, too small, too casual, too fancy, and sometimes too expensive as well, it seems there are too many choices and yet none will do.

One way to leave the quandary behind is to do something altogether different and make your own. Hardware made from chain link fence rails and industrial handrail brackets goes perfectly with modern architecture or a downtown loft. Curtains made from canvas or drop cloths will not break the bank and they are easy to make and maintain. No need for fancy finials. Fence rail connector sleeves add the finishing touches, covering any mistakes in cutting or rough edges. Since you’ll be making your own canvas curtains, you can place your curtain rods at the desired level and then make your curtains accordingly. Hinged rings provide sturdy attachments. They aid in the ease of pulling the drapes and they allow for quick removal for laundering. The great thing about fence rails is they are rigid pipes for cheap. They are perfect for long spans and they aren’t likely to bend in the middle as conventional curtains rods might. By using these unique materials, you’ll be cutting costs without sacrificing style.

hardware and materials needed to make industrial window treatment hardware

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Step 1

 Open Gallerytools for cutting rail to length to make curtain rodMeasure and cut rail to length:  Determine the length of the rail by measuring the width of your window. How far do you want to go past the outer edges of the window frame? You’ll need to extend the rail past the brackets on each end to allow for attaching the connecter sleeves to cap off rail ends. Using your hacksaw, cut poles to length (cutting off swedged end). If you need to cover a span more than the length of a 10-ft. 6-in. rail, go up in length, connect the swedged end into another rail for added length if needed, and use extra brackets for support.

Step 2

 Open Gallerymarking where to attach brackets for industrial curtain rods

Measure and mark where to attach brackets:  Figure out where to attach your Kee Klamp brackets. They should be screwed into the window frame or to the window header beam for strength. Measure and mark for where the bottom of the bracket will rest. Secure the level to the bracket saddle with two rubber bands. Hold the bracket up aligning it to the mark. Level the bracket and mark the center of the three holes. Repeat for the other side of the window using the same bracket. Set down the bracket and remove the level. Using a 5/32-in. drill bit, pre drill the pilot holes for the brackets.

Step 3

 Open Galleryscrew in Kee klamps for window treatment hardwareScrew in Kee Klamp brackets:  Align the screw holes of the brackets with the pilot holes you drilled. Use a drill with a screwdriver bit and, with the wood screws, screw in the bracket. Stop short of tightening the screws completely. Use a screwdriver to hand tighten the rest of the way.

Step 4

 Open Galleryattach curtain rod to Kee klampsAttach rail to Kee Klamp brackets:  This is where having a good buddy to help comes in handy. Being careful to not let the rail drop, rest the rail into the saddle of each bracket. Secure with the rubber bands or get a friend to help hold it firmly in place. Using the self-drilling screws, hold the rail down tightly to the saddle and screw the brackets to the rail.

Step 5

 Open Galleryattach ends to curtain rods for industrial window treatmentsAttach connector sleeves to rail ends:  Pre drill one pilot hole on one end (about an inch in) on each connector sleeve. Slip a connector sleeve onto the end of the rail, and using the self-drilling screw, screw from the bottom to attach the sleeve to the rail. Repeat on the other end of rail.

Project Resources

Kee Klamp from www.simplifiedbuilding.com

Materials

  • 2 Kee Klamp  #570 wall-mounted handrail brackets  – $40 for 2
  • 1-3/8-in. X 10-ft. 6-in. galvanized steel chain-link fence rail – $11 per rail
  • 2 fence connector sleeves – $5 for 2
  • #10 or 12 3/4-in. self-drilling metal screws – $15 per package
  • #12 1-1/2-in. wood screws – $8 per package

Tools

  • metal measure tape
  • pencil
  • Sharpie
  • drill
  • hacksaw
  • ladder
  • screwdriver
  • screwdriver drill bit
  • 5/32-in. drill bit
  • level
  • 2 rubber bands
  • good buddy to help you out
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