How to Hang Curtains Without Tools or Damaging the Walls

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You can hang beautiful curtains in your windows without using traditional curtain rods and hardware and without drilling holes into the wall. No tools are required, either.

Things You'll Need

  • Rod pocket curtains
  • Spring tension rods
  • Tape measure
  • Measure your windows. Take a measurement of the width of the inside of each window. You will also need to know the length of the window in order to purchase the right size curtains.

  • Purchase rod pocket style curtains only. This means there is a sewn in slot or opening near the top of each curtain in which a rod may be placed.

  • Purchase spring tension rods in the appropriate size. These rods are adjustable so they come in various sizes. For example, one size might range from 12-24 inches while the next size ranges from 24-36 inches in width. Make sure the larger measurement is not too large for your window's width or it will not work. Purchase the next smallest size that will still be wide enough for the window.

  • Slide the tension rod into the rod pocket of the curtain.

  • Adjust the rod so that it is 1/2" to 1" larger than the inside window opening. This is so that you can squeeze it to fit into the opening but the tension created will allow it to stay firmly.

  • Squeeze tension rod to make it smaller and wedge it into the window opening.

  • Adjust the curtain fabric to spread it out along the length of the tension rod in a decorative manner.

Tips & Warnings

  • This works for cafe curtains, valances as well as regular curtains
  • Tension rods come in white, cream, and metallic colors
  • You can buy tension rods at the local bed and bath item store or major discount chain store for a low price.
  • You can still slide the curtains to open and close them, but you will see the tension rod so keep that in mind when selecting the color
  • Rod pocket curtains only

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