Introduction: Hang Curtains Without Drilling or Damaging the Wall
Without damaging and putting holes in the wall, you can hang curtains or blockout / blackout blinds. If you are a renter like me, it has been a great solution. It keeps the Landlord happy!
To install curtains without using screws or nails into the wall, you need to build a frame around the window. You can do this using 2×4 timber posts and Labrico 2x4 Adjuster brackets.
The Labrico 2×4 adjuster brackets are the key. They brace the wood in a vertical position and act like a stud, except they are outside of the wall. That saves your wall from damage. It also saves having to find the stud inside the wall which can be tricky.
After hanging your curtains, open and close your curtains as many times as you like. The curtain rod brackets are secure and won’t fall once fastened to the 2×4 wood.
Having two vertical wood posts in your room may not suit your decor. Sure, they do look a bit odd at first but damaging the walls might look worse.
You can make the posts less noticeable by painting the posts the same colour as the wall. Or why not go the other way and make the posts eye-catching. You can stain the timber post (my preferred option) or pasting wallpaper to the timber posts.
To build the framework
- Labrico 2×4 Adjuster braket set x 2
- 2×4 stud posts x 2
- Curtain rod and brackets
Step 1: -
The 2 timber posts need a flat ceiling and sturdy floor.
Check around the window area.
Step 2: -
Measure the ceiling height and minus 3.7 inches or 95 mm from the ceiling height.
Buy wood and supplies from a hardware store.
Tip: The hardware store can cut the wood for free or sometimes they charge a small fee per cut.
Step 3: -
Put the upper cap and bottom cap on the wood post.
The top cap has the adjusting screw.
Step 4: -
To install the 2 timber posts, measure 4” to 6” either side of the window.
Check your 4” to 6” measurement in two places, at the upper and lower ends of the timber post.
Step 5: -
One at a time, lift the wood posts vertically into position.
Step 6: -
Check the wood post is vertical by using a spirit level.
TIP: For an online spirit level, download “Bubble Level” for free from the iphone app store
Step 7: -
Turn the adjusting screw clockwise to tighten the upper cap against the ceiling.
Ensure the timber post is sturdy and can’t rotate.
Step 8: -
Measure 2”- 5” above the window frame and mark with a pencil.
Take hold of your curtain. Align the top of the eyelet (or the rings) against the mark. Let the curtain dangle and check the height.
Are you happy with it?
TIP: Make the room feel taller by adding an EXTRA 2”-5” to the measurement above the window frame.
Step 9: -
Measure from the ceiling down to the mark.
Transfer this measurement to each timber post and make a mark in the centre of the timber post.
Step 10: -
Using the mark, fasten the curtain rod brackets to the wood post.
Step 11: -
Hang the curtain rod onto the curtain brackets.
Step 12: -
Unscrew the finial (or the knob on the end of the curtain rods).
Step 13: -
Feed one set of curtains onto the rod.
Push the curtain to the opposite end.
Step 14: -
Feed the second set of curtains onto the rod.
Re-attach the finial.
Your brackets may have a set of screws to keep the rod in place. Fasten these in place.
Step 15: -
Spread the curtains across the window.