Can I fit a 2.4m (7’10”) curtain pole without a centre bracket?

Liz jones
by Liz jones

I want to hang a light/medium-weight curtain across a 2.4m (7’10”) alcove at about 2m (6’6”) high. My problem is that the ceiling is around 3m (10’) high, so I can’t use a centre bracket.

Will the pole be secure enough if it’s only supported at each end? I can get hold of a single-piece rod so I won’t have the problem of the weak spot where the poles are joined, but I’m still concerned it will bend/bow.


  5 answers
  • Kelli L. Milligan Kelli L. Milligan on Jul 05, 2019

    No, it Must have a center bracket. Why can't you use a center bracket? We hang drapery 18 feet tall. Just need a ladder . The center bracket is wall mount just like the ends.

    • Liz jones Liz jones on Jul 06, 2019

      (Apologies if this is a duplicate response — first attempt dropped out)

      Thanks Kelli

      i want to hang the curtains across the open alcove at 2m height and the ceiling is around 3m. For various reasons I don’t want to use a 1m bracket coming down from the ceiling.

  • 17335038 17335038 on Jul 05, 2019

    No, the rod will need at least one centre support to prevent bending.

    Were you hoping to mount it from the ceiling, or on the wall?

    • Liz jones Liz jones on Jul 07, 2019

      Thanks, Flipturn

      I hoped to hang it across an open alcove, wall-mounted on either side, positioned 1m below ceiling height. For various reasons I don't want to put it at ceiling height, and I don't want a 1m bracket coming down from the ceiling either.

      i know that a standard, jointed curtain pole will bend, but was hoping that a thicker, one-piece pole might do it. I guess I always knew I was going to be disappointed!

  • William William on Jul 05, 2019

    Yep, you need a center support. It will sag under weight and gravity.

  • Liz jones Liz jones on Jul 07, 2019

    Thanks William

    That's want I suspected...

  • 17335038 17335038 on Jul 09, 2019

    You're most welcome.

    'Better to ask questions first that have a crash to fix up later!