Bendable Rod Mounted Straight
Our bendable rod works as a curved rod and also a straight one too. It’s easy to get the bendable rod mounted straight! The trick is to spend the adequate amount of time preparing the rod for a straight installation. We store, package and ship our bendable rods coiled, which is a great space saver. However, when you want to make the bendable rod go straight it can be tricky if you skip steps. Follow each of the steps below to ensure your bendable rod is easily installed in a straight run application.
The picture shows the bendable rod being used only in a straight application for over 12 feet. We installed the bendable rod on one side of the pergola and the rod was mounted straight without any problems. We followed the steps below to achieve this.
Please keep in mind that the bendable rod is shipped coiled. Use caution when uncoiling the rod. Handle with care so the rod doesn’t snap uncontrollably. Gently bend the rod over a chair, pillow or with your hands like the picture on the left. When the rod is bent in the opposite direction than it was coiled then the rod will straighten out.
For straight run applications, this process can take 30 minutes – 2 hours, depending upon the length of the bendable rod and the amount of area that will have the rod “straight”. The picture on the left shows bending the bendable rod over a pillow in the opposite direction than it was coiled. Start at one end of the rod and slowly move the rod over the pillow to the other end. The rod should gently bend over the pillow in the opposite direction it was coiled. Repeat the process until the rod is straight.
After the rod is bent in the opposite direction, your rod should lay almost completely flat when on the floor. Remember, this can take 30 minutes – 2 hours, depending upon the length that you need the bendable rod to be straight. The picture on the left shows the bendable rod laying flat. It’s okay if your rod looks a little wavy because it will straighten out once it’s snapped into the brackets and you won’t even be able to tell.
If your bendable rod isn’t able to lay almost flat or it’s not easily installing straight then you didn’t bend the rod in the opposite direction long enough. This process shouldn’t be rushed and should be completed with caution and patience so the rod will not snap the steel bone structure.
Tip: If a certain curvature is needed for part of the rod then bending the rod in the same direction as it was originally coiled is recommended.
For the bendable rod to run straight, make certain all brackets are 9 inches apart and are installed in line without any offset. Place additional ceiling mount brackets 2-3 inches near both ends.
Tip: If the length of the bendable rod that will be installed “straight” is greater than 3 feet then we recommend having the brackets 6 inches apart. This applies to all brackets (ceiling, wall or T-bar). This will prevent the rod from looking “wavy”.
There is a simple mounting trick to prevent the bendable rod from shifting in the ceiling mount brackets. This is especially useful for straight run applications greater than 3 feet, outdoor applications when gusts of wind will hit the outdoor drapes from one side and turning your draperies into a sail or anytime that there is heavy pulling. Some examples are; changing rooms, room dividers, shower curtains, heavy draperies, etc. Everything is included in the bendable rod kits, no additional hardware is needed (except wall brackets or T-Bar brackets, if needed).
To prevent the bendable rod from shifting in the brackets due to a straight run application or with heavy wind or even continuous pulling on one side of the draperies, simply alternate the ceiling mount brackets. The front face of the brackets should face you and then alternate to facing the opposite direction. Repeat the pattern throughout the length of the bendable rod. To have the bendable rod mounted straight is a piece of cake if you follow these three easy steps! Now you are ready to finish the installation.