(virtually) Invisible Tension Wire Curtain Rod.




About: I am the Facility Coordinator at a Vancouver Animation Studio.

**Disclaimer: Wire under tension can be dangerous, it may be unstable and can snap/release at any moment. I am not responsible for lost/damaged eyes, fleshwounds or decapitated housepets. Do not play with wire under tension if you lack common sense. Wear appropriate puncture/shatterproof safety equipment**

Create a nearly invisible tension based curtain system for $3 (curtains exluded).

Step 1: Gather Materials/ Search Couch Cushions for Funds.

You will need:
Steel wire (not sure of the gauge but it looks to be about 14)
Numerous alligator clip hooks
3 screws
Solid surface (not drywall) in which to mount the wire.

Step 2: Wiring the Screws.

Measure the amount of wire you will need and add 10cm.
Tightly wrap the wire several times just under the head of the screw; this should use 5 cm of wire for each screw.
Repeat process for second screw.
You should have very little slack left in your wire when coiling is finished, this is required for the 3rd step.

Step 3: Drive Your Screws.

Hold on to the wire with a pair of pliers or your good old fashioned digits near the base of the coil while dirving screws; this will prevent premature wire wrapping. Ensure the screw is as tight as possible.
Repeat for second screw; release the wire once the coil at the base of the screwhead is touching your mounting medium. Continue tightening until it will no longer turn, this will turn the wire coil and establish tension along the wire.

Step 4: Add Support

Find your center and drive a screw into your mounting medium at the same height as the wire. Leave 5mm of screw poking out and hook your wire into the gap.

Step 5: Add Curtains.

Using alligator clip hooks, attach your curtain to the wire. Be careful not to apply too much weight on any given spot as you do not yet know if your rig will hold.
Step back (quickly if you have doubts)

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    10 Discussions


    8 years ago on Introduction

    Ummmm. I totally did a laundry room curtain with 2 screws, and an unfolded hangar. The screws held up, but hte entrance was much narrower. It's possible though. And if you wanted to be sure that you'd have straight wire, you could run it back and forth, with a third screw in the middle. Good idea! I'm all for cheap and easy.


    Reply 10 years ago on Introduction

    Haha, very convenient. You should have not trouble then. My cousin is an ark welder too. That's nuts. Right now he makes hydraulic cylinders though.


    Reply 10 years ago on Introduction

    haha I have no clue what my personal welder is doing, last I heard he worked for some artist or something... *shrug*


    Reply 10 years ago on Introduction

    I agree, but I think that you would run into problems trying to coil it around the screw; you would need a much more complicated mounting mechanism to establish proper tension. Something more like the IKEA steel cable tension curtain. $15 for a piece of steel cable and some brackets. Excessive profiteering methinks.


    Reply 10 years ago on Introduction

    what would you suggest to use instead of the screw? haha I'm really interested in doing this and my boyfriend agrees with you, a screw wouldn't hold up very long.


    10 years ago on Introduction

    It would probably be safer to use cable than solid wire. Good instructable though. And an interesting idea.