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Try school house-style coat hooks for for a quick and inexpensive curtain rod alternative.

All you need:
-2 coat hooks of your choosing (I painted mine)
-chain--longer than your window, as drape will occur plus more if you want some to dangle on the ends
-2 S-hooks (optional)
-wall anchors for each screw
-drill for anchor holes

Total cost: ~$5 for a large window

Step 1: Assemble

Keeping in mind the length of your curtain, mark holes for screws, pre-drill, insert wall anchors and attach the hooks to the wall. If you want more info on using wall anchors, check out eHow. I promise, it's easy.

Thread your curtain on the chain and use S-hooks to attach the chain to the coat hooks by inserting one end of the S-hook in the chain and the other over the coat hook. If your chain is big enough, you can forego the s-hooks and stick the coat hook directly though a link of the chain. Voila. Cheap and easy...just the way some like it.

Note for the curious: I created my curtains using a devore, or burn-out technique. It utilizes an acid that dissolves celluloid fibers while leaving proteins and man-made materials intact. Yes. The pattern is binary. I'll follow up with a tutorial one of these days. In the meantime, you can find a faulty recipe for it at prochemical. Just don't add so much guar gum and you should be fine. Please note that I am not a chemist and you attempt this recipe and my modification at your own risk. Risk is fun, right?
Thanks for this.<br><br> I am looking for a way to divide very small apartment's kitchen / living room space. This idea seems much more stress-free than hanging a tension wire.
Well i thank you for the concept because my set up is similar but i got the idea from you, so thanks. Alex
ooh, this just solved my problem of my window being too retarded to fit one long curtain rod OR two short ones! I won't be using the chain, but i'll find something to suit my taste, I'm sure. It's so simple...
Its a good idea--I could see using that for bulkier chains. I have no problem as is, though :)
oh I see, its hard to tell from the images. cool
very middle class ghetto (o; nice Some clear pvc tubing on the chain would allow your to open/close the curtains smoothly

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