You can restring your own curtain rod with only a few simple tools and the information presented in this video. It’s easy to do it yourself.
If you have to replace the cord in a two-way draw traverse rod, here's a video that will show you how it's done. This guy has obviously done this before.
And I thought I was the only one who knew about the old paper clip trick!
There is one more step in the process that he doesn't cover. When you are ready to rehang your drapery, you will need to anchor the second carrier to keep it from slipping so that the curtain panels will always come together in the center of the window. There is a good article about how to center a two-way draw curtain rod at RepairWindowBlinds.com.
If you need to replace some broken or missing traverse rod slides you can order those here in packs of 12 from RepairWindowBlinds.com.
You can improve the look of any room with decorative side panels that are tied back during the day and drawn for privacy at night. A large selection of popular brands is available on eBay at very competitive prices.
Is that old blind or shade looking a little rough?
Even if new blinds aren't in the budget this spring, you can still freshen up the look of your windows without breaking the bank. Here are some sweet deals on good quality curtains, curtain rods and pole sets on eBay.