In recent posts, I have vaguely alluded to the fact that despite quite a lot of research into DIY bay window curtain poles, our final installation of the new pole in our front living room was less than satisfactory.
In fact, to be perfectly honest, it was so frustrating to open and close the curtains that I couldn’t bring myself to do it on a daily basis and would just leave the curtains open, or leave Alex to the task. (He has significantly more patience than me!).
The main issue was that the passing hooks just frankly didn’t work. Its a nice idea in principle, but the hooks would constantly catch on the support brackets or the segmented corners, requiring significant jiggling and yanking to get the curtains to open and close. We even tried different curtain hook positions to see if that would alleviate the issue by shifting the position of the passing hook gap, but to no avail.
It was time to take radical action. Life is just too short to be irritated by something that you do every day!
I spoke again to the professionals at John Lewis (who unfortunately recommended the DIY curtain poles in the first place) to arrange for someone to come and measure up for a custom made curtain pole without the segmented corners and less brackets. After speaking with the installer (who I think must be an independent body who is employed by John Lewis), I learnt that a ceiling hung Silent Gliss curtain track was really the way to go. He commented that the curtain pole systems are ‘entirely rubbish’ and he doesn’t know why John Lewis even stock them! I had resisted this approach initially as I felt it might look too contemporary for the room, but was at my wits end.
For what turned out to be only slightly more cost than the curtain pole system, John Lewis measured up our bay window, made a custom bent curtain track to fit perfectly and installed the system. We had to wait 3 weeks for an installation slot – but after just 1.5 hours the job was done.
And… now our curtains slide open and closed effortlessly and with ease and grace!
Well, lesson learned… and hopefully I can save you the trouble!
Now I just need to get the curtains re-hemmed, as being hung from the ceiling now, they are now too short!
P.S. The Silent Gliss track they installed for our heavy weight curtains was the Silent Gliss 1280 system.