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How to fit your ceiling mount curtain track in the right place?

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How to fit your ceiling mount curtain track to any shape window the easy way? Where do you fit your track to allow your curtains to hang properly. Just let my easy step by step guide show you how.

Just pick your window shape from the list below to see a simple diagram showing you where to position your curtain brackets.

Your ceiling mount curtain track and window sill

Your track needs to fix to the ceiling enough so when your curtains are hanging they hang in front of the window sill. So if the sill sticks out 2 to 3cm (1 inch) from the wall your track needs to fix to the ceiling around 6 cm (2.5 inches) from the wall over your window to allow the curtains to hang straight down and not drape over the sill.

Bay window sills and ceiling mount curtain tracks

Bay window sills are as a rule deeper than straight window sills. So you will have to bring your track out much further (sometimes it seems to much). Don’t worry once fitted and your curtains are hung it will look fine.

Also note in the images below the spacing of the brackets. At the ends of the tracks the brackets are set closer together. This is because when your curtains are open all the weight on your track is on the ends (sound obvious but easy to forget when your up a ladder drilling holes).

Extra ceiling mount curtain track tips

Next to each image below I have added some tips that relate to that window shape. The above info is just the general stuff for all ceiling tracks. The RED is the window shape and the BLUE is the position of the curtain track brackets.

Straight window ceiling mount curtain track

Take the track 13 to 15cm (5 to 6 inches) past the window opening each side. Lets assume the sill sticks out 5cm (2 inches) from the wall. So you will fit the front edge of your ceiling mount track somewhere between 8 and 10cm (3 and 4 inches)away from the wall over the window.

3 Sided bay window ceiling mounted track

Note on the bends the brackets are set back away from the corners. If you set the brackets to close to the corners you end up forcing the track to bend more than it wants to make it fit into the brackets. You will probably have to put an eyelet screw into the wall each end to bring the outside edges of your curtain back to the wall. You can then put your last curtain hook into the eyelet screw.

5 Sided bay window curtain track

How to fit your ceiling mount curtain track in the right place?

Read the notes above for 3 sided bay windows all the same rules apply.

Curved bay window ceiling curtain track

Read the notes above for 3 sided bay window all the same rules apply. Only slight difference is there are no sharp bends. So no need to worry much about bracket spacing. Except at the ends they need to be closer. The same as fitting any tracks.

3 Sided bay window track with returns

All the general rules apply as for the 3 sided bay image above. The only difference is you won’t need eyelet screws to bring the outside edges of your curtains back to the wall. The track on this window bends back on its self 13 to 15cm (5 to 6 inches) outside the bay onto the wall either side. The last 2 brackets each end of the track would usually fix to the wall not the ceiling. The reason being that the window sill do not usually stick out very much here.

If using a corded track make sure it allows for reverse bends (ie: back on it self). Otherwise the cords will just fall out of the channels in the back of the track.

3 Sided square bay ceiling fix track

How to fit your ceiling mount curtain track in the right place?

All the same rules apply as for the 3 sided bay window above. The only extra thing to do is allow even more space between the brackets on the corners as the track has to bend very severely.

3 Sided square bay ceiling fix track with returns

How to fit your ceiling mount curtain track in the right place?

All the rules for the 3 sided square bay above apply and for the returns see the notes on the 3 sided bay with returns above. On this kind of bay window you will need a very flexible curtain track (I would not reccomend a corded track).