How to Replace Slides for Traverse Rods for Drapes

Traverse rods consist of a pulley system that allows you to draw and close your drapes or curtains with a simple pull of a string. The drapes or curtains are hung on slides, also known as carriers, comprised of small pieces of plastic. Over time, these plastic carriers age and become brittle and break, leaving you with a drooping curtain or drape. While you can purchase an entirely new traverse rod, you can also replace the traverse rod slides in order to repair your traverse rod.

Curtains hung with traverse rods slide from left to right on the traverse rod slides.

Step 1

Remove your drapes or curtains from the carriers leaving the hangers, or pins, on the curtains if possible. There is no need to remove the hangers, as you will soon be placing the curtains back onto the carriers.

Step 2

Remove the traverse curtain rod from the mounting bracket.

Step 3

Place the rod on a flat surface. If working with a large rod, it may be necessary to lay the rod on the floor, where it can lay flat.

Step 4

Flip the rod over to expose the back of the rod, the carriers and the end brackets.

Step 5

Slide the carriers to one end of the rod. If you have a single string traverse rod, slide the carriers to the side that has the string. If working with a double string traverse rod, slide the carriers on the left to the end next to the left string. Then slide the carriers on the right side to the far right next to the right string.

Step 6

Locate a lever that can be depressed on the end of the rod where the pulleys are located. It is usually comprised of metal and simply depresses to allow the carriers to be slid off of the end of the rod. If there is no such device on your rod, look for a metal device that can be flipped up or down to allow the carriers to be removed.

Step 7

Slide the carriers off until the one that needs replacing is completely off the traverse rod. Slide a replacement carrier in its place and return the remaining carriers onto the rod by depressing the release or by flipping the release, allowing access to the carriers. Once the replacement carriers have been slid back onto the rod, be sure to flip the release back into position to prevent the carriers from slipping off, if necessary.

Step 8

Hang the rod back on the mounting brackets in the window. Pull the string or strings to ensure the carriers are working properly.

Step 9

Reattach your drapes or curtains using the drapery pins or hangers.