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Anson, We're here to help each other and to share experiences, so no question is too much.
A traverse rod usually has a cord on one side that opens and closes the unit. There are tabs attached to a runner in the rod. The curtain is attached to these using a package or two of curtain hanging hooks. Most department stores have these--even at Orchard Supply Hardware--and they are adjustable in length. Cost for the basic white is usually under $50. They come with brackets (with extenders) that are mounted on wall or ceiling.
The decorative ones (manufacturer Kirsch--do a web search) are usually less institutional looking with wood grain among the many surface designs available. Kirsch (and others) also sell rods with loops, to which you attach the curtain hooks (kind of like a shower curtain.). Because of the length of the rod needed, it will be necessary to use a support bracket in the center as well as the ends. Obviously, this center support prevents any of the loops from passing over. Thus, the cheaper rods with loops can only work if the curtain is in two parts, each opening to the outside.
If you want the curtain to open all to one side or the other (I did not have the wall space for any other way), you must use the traverse rod, whose center brackets attach to the rod waithout interferring with the pull in either direction.
The curtain top should be just below the rod bottom so that the rod is exposed. I think that the curtain covers the plain, regular rod.
A store like Penny's or Sears should be able to help a lot if you or yours can't make/install them including all the proper measurements. Usually you have to go their custom shop near their regular curtain section.
Remember that you're talking about a much smaller drape/curtain than the ordinary. There may be sizes premade that would work well.
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