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jeanvand | Posted in General Discussion on

My daughter is wanting to put up a valance and drapery panel to each of the four corner windows in their new sunroom.  The room is constructed of aluminum and windows and there just does not seem to be anyplace to screw or nail a rod or light-weight cornice.  We’ve thought of velcro but don’t believe it would be strong enough to hold up the drapery panels.  The material for the panels is a medium weight and will be seven feet in length.  There will only be one 54 inch wide panel per corner which will be pleated or gathered.   We really would appreciate some imput from others. 


  1. notDusty | | #1

    Hi jeanvand ,

                         If there is any frame work that sticks out perhaps you can use what is called a spring tension rod , they work like a shower rod . You may be able to use sheet metal screws and attach your hardware to the aluminum frames  Without seeing what you have it is difficult to be precise .

           The spring tension rods come in a standard C- rod size as well as a continental type flat taller faced rods at 2 1/2"  - 4" .

                  good  luck                 dusty

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      jeanvand | | #2

      The walls that meet at the corner are at 45 degrees and I don't believe that a tension rod would work, but I will try an experiment to see if it would be possible.  Thank you!

      1. notDusty | | #3

        Perhaps you could have a few wood blocks cut on the correct opposing angles that would create flat spots for a tension rod .

                   The wood blocks would need to be screwed onto the aluminum frame .


  2. MaryinColorado | | #4

    How about from the ceiling?  Do you know where the joists are?  I wonder if there is a professional locally that you can discuss this with before tackling.  Good luck!  Sounds lovely.

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    Becky-book | | #5

    If you are in the USA, you could try Country Curtains (1-800-456-0321) or http://WWW.countrycurtains.com They have a little thing they call Kwik-up brackets that slips over the corner of the window frame molding no nails needed. You would need to check the construction of your window frames to see if there is space for the tab that is intended to go behind the window molding.  If your walls and windows are all one unit there may not be any frame molding to slip the bracket over! Also check with Country Curtains to see if the brackets will hold the weight (probably will).  Or just call them and ask if they have any bright ideas.  I visited their store in Stockbridge a few years back and they seem like friendly, helpful people! 

    I was just reading the Utility Rods page of their catalog and found "Miracle Rod" mounts with magnets (not on aluminum) or adhesive on smooth surface!  25" - 44" $20 (last years catalog)

    Check with whoever installed/sold the sunroom before you drill holes for screws in the aluminum, it is a notoriously soft metal.  Didn't they give you any help with window treatment advise?

    Hope this helps,


  4. nisee | | #6

    I work part-time in workroom that does window coverings.  The installers offered this advice: They contruct the cornice box frame (sides and top)of wood with enough depth to conceal a curtain rod - attach rod to box- the front of the box is usualy out of foam board-glued on-to keep cornice light weight. Ceiling mounting is a way to go. You can also attach to aluminum with special screws but it is tricky. That window is enclosed in that frame.  If you use a valance you can still attach to a 2/6" board cut in an angle to go in the room corner.  The rods can still be attached with brackets to the board and then screwed in to the ceiling. The installers suggest if you go into the frame, call a professional.  In our area some window covering showrooms have cards for installers and they charge by the hour.  Does that help?

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      jeanvand | | #7

      Thank you, each of you, for the suggestions!  It is so nice to know we have more than just ourselves to come up with solutions.  We are planning on doing two things.  We will contact the manufacturer and see what they have to say.  If they have none then we believe that we will attach at least 3" squares to the walls, using screws and a white vinyl adhesive.  Our rods can then be attach to the wood.  The ceiling and siding are constructed from two pieces of aluminum sandwiching a thick layer of solid styrofoam.  The windows are flush with the walls.  They are thermopane and are double-hung.  We live in central Florida so we don't have to be concerned with freezing and thawing conditions, just heat, rain, and hurricanes! 

  5. Teaf5 | | #8

    I would definitely contact the manufacturer of the sunroom for ideas or brackets, as any modifications you make to the structure will probably void the warranty!  If they do not supply specific brackets or options for draperies, you might ask them what they would recommend so that the warranty will continue to protect you from defects, leaks, etc.

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