I decided to put up curtains in my bedroom. My room faces East, so each morning I have to deal with the sun making a joke of my cellular blinds. I like it dark when I sleep. So I went to T***** to get something to block the unwanted light.
I’ve never hung curtains before so I knew I would learn a few new things. I came home with curtains, a rod, and high hopes for a new look in my bedroom. I figured it would be a breeze since the packaging on the curtain rod suggested a 30 min installation time. Here’s what I learned.
Lesson #1: It takes longer than 30 minutes.
It took me more like 2 hours. The curtain rod packaging had everything laid out in about 4 simple steps. These are the steps they left out:
a. search the garage for your roommate’s drill. (5 min)
b. search the garage a second time for the drill bits. (3 min)
c. go get that step ladder you forgot in the garage. (2 min)
d. WHY DOESN’T THIS TOOLBOX HAVE A PHILIPS HEAD SCREWDRIVER?!?!?! (1o min)
e. oh there it is… (1 min)
f. return to store and exchange the curtain rod for one that is the correct size for your window. (30 min)
g. install the second drape rod. (30 min…maybe)
h. clean up the mess you just made. (pending)
I’ve made the following chart to help you understand the timing of curtain hanging a little better.
Now provided the normal installation steps go smoothly (they don’t) you’ll be set!
Lesson #2: Drywall anchors could bring down the walls of Jericho.
I drilled the pilot holes to the correct specifications. I then noticed the drywall anchors are 10 times bigger than the pilot. I couldn’t screw them in by hand, so I had to use the power drill. The first anchor screwed all the way in and then the top twisted off snapping the rest inside the hole. The second went in 90% and pulled 10% of the wall out toward me. The third anchor couldn’t go in far enough because I hit one of the metal screws used to mount the preexisting cellular blinds – geez. The fourth went in but not without a fight and a crumbly, cracking mess. The final two went in and were almost flush with the wall.
I couldn’t believe the destruction I had just caused. Surely it can go easier than that! The second time I hung the rod, I just left the anchors in the package. This worked better in every way imaginable.
Lesson #3: “Double Panel” means there’s two.
I bought two packages because on the back it said that I needed “two panels.” It didn’t say “you need a double panel package – in other words this one package is fine.” Why would they call it a double panel and then the very next line say you needed two panels. I realize it means the same thing but I was shocked when I opened the first package and found two curtains. I didn’t need two, I needed one double panel. I had to return the other package which was okay because…
Lesson #4: You should pay close attention to the dimensions listed on the box.
Otherwise, you might buy a rod that at its shortest length is a good 2 feet longer than your window. This will lead you to repack that rod and try not to look suspicious when you are at the guest services counter returning what only looks like an unopened package.
Lesson #5: Some sunlight is good.
At least that’s what I’ve been telling myself since I pulled the drapes shut and realized that they only blocked about 1/2 of what I was expecting.
Lesson #6: I’m a better cook than drape hanger.
I whipped up a few salmon fillets and brussel sprouts in 30 min. I didn’t have to return anything, and I didn’t cause any damage to the stove, utensils, plates, or table. Mess is pending.