Pinch pleat curtains enhance the overall look and feel of a room, and can change it from gray to fab. Although some curtain bars come in standard sizes, many are easy to adjust to fit many widths of windows and your own preferences. For example, telescopic curtain sticks, moving in and out, are available in several sizes on construction stores and work well for all types of window treatments.
Telescopic Curtain rods
Measure the width of the pinch pleat curtains you want to cover. Most curtain strings extend about 6 inches on both sides past the window cover. This allows you to pull the curtains all the way back without blocking the light from the window. Hold one end of the telescope curtain rod, and turn the opposite end to the left; this loosens the grip between the two sides of the post. Slide the post out or in to the desired length. Turn the bar to the right to tighten the grip.
Center the pinch pleat curtains on the window and place the bar on previously installed hardware brackets. Measure the length you need for curtain rod. Include the length needed on the outside of the window cover, generally about 3 inches past each side of the cover. Buy two curtain bars measuring at least several inches past the required length. Cut “return” at the end of one of the curtain extension strings with an arc file. File any uneven edges from the cut end of curtain rod extender. This prevents the curtain from jamming the edges.