How to Hang a Sliding Curtain From a Cement Ceiling

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Hanging curtain rods from the ceiling allows you to save space and position curtains even in the middle of a room. You can use the curtains as a divider or to cover a large window that doesn't have room for a curtain rod on the wall. The curtains are completely functional, will hang down and slide open and closed as needed. Use a curtain rod system that is designed to be mounted on the ceiling for one that looks the best and hangs naturally.

Things You'll Need

  • Masking or painter's tape
  • Measuring tape
  • Ceiling-mounted track system
  • Masonry bits
  • Hammer drill
  • Goggles
  • Dust mask
  • Masonry screws
  • Mark on the ceiling where you want the curtain to hang with masking or painter's tape.

  • Hold the curtain track in position on the ceiling and mark on the tape where each screw needs to be installed.

  • Pre-drill the holes for the brackets, supplied with the track system, with a masonry bit and hammer drill. Use a drill bit that is slightly smaller than the screws to be installed. Wear goggles and a dust mask to protect yourself from air-borne concrete particles.

  • Screw the track into the ceiling with masonry screws. The track system will need screws at intervals along the track. Continue screwing them in until they are all in position.

  • Hook the curtain onto the track with curtain hooks or existing hooks.

  • Remove any tape if the track system didn't cover it all.

Tips & Warnings

  • You can use a ceiling-mounted metal track for this installation as well. Simply drill holes, as required, to install the track in the same method as you would the brackets.
  • You can rent hammer drills from many home improvement stores.

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References

  • "Norma Vally's Bathroom Fix-Ups: More Than 50 Projects for Every Skill Level"; Norma Vally; 2009
  • "The Smart Approach to Window Decor"; Lynn Elliot and Lisa Lent; 2007
  • "Popular Mechanics"; A Man's Guide To Drapery Hardware; Richard Day; September 1970
  • "Popular Mechanics Complete Home How-To"; Albert Jackson and David Day; 2009
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