How to Hang Fabric Room Dividers

Room dividers are great for breaking up large areas of space and for creating a sense of privacy. While numerous methods and materials exist for creating room dividers, fabric is one of the more popular choices, especially for small to medium-size rooms. Rod-pocket or decorative wooden cafe rods, already finished or painted to match your decor, make an easy and inexpensive hanging system. Using these rod types makes it easy to open up the divider and close it off again. Hanging fabric room dividers with a rod-pocket or wooden poles also makes it easy to customize the length of the hanging area as opposed to wall-to-wall installation.

Things You'll Need

  • Fabric room dividers (curtains, flat panel fabric)
  • Curtain rod (rod pocket or two-inch diameter wooden pole)
  • Decorative clip-on hangars
  • Bicycle storage hooks (optional)
  • Safety glasses
  • Plumb line
  • Tacks (2)
  • Drill
  • Screwdriver
  • Screws (optional)
  • Ladder or step stool
  • Metal tape measure
  • Pencil
  • Drywall anchors


  1. Instructions

    • 1

      Plan and measure for bracket placement. Ceiling mount installation normally requires attaching two end brackets to a wall. Removing the ceiling stirrup from the bracket will allow you to attach the rod anywhere you choose. Detach the ceiling stirrup by removing the screw holding it in.

      Snap a plumb line across the length of the area plus three inches on each side. Using the closest wall as a guide, measure out the distance from the wall you want to install the rod and mark the beginning, middle and end of the line with a pencil. Tack the plumb line in place at the ends of the line and snap, then check to make sure the line is straight. If it is not, wipe the line off with a rag, measure and snap the line again.

      Mark a spot three inches from each end of the line for placement of ceiling stirrups. The support required for your rod will depend on the weight of the fabric room divider and the length of the area. If your fabric is heavy or if the pole will be extending across the width of the room, mark evenly for rod supports every four to five inches.

    • 2

      Install support brackets. Start by attaching pole finials and the desired number of decorative clip-on hangars to the pole. Drill the desired number of holes for wall anchors and insert by pushing them in. Screw in rod supports if necessary. Place the stirrup underneath the rod and screw both into the ceiling, one at each end.

    • 3

      Hang fabric room divider. Attach fabric room divider to hanging clips.

Tips & Warnings

  • For an industrial look, use bicycle storage hooks instead of support hooks.
  • A shower curtain-type tension rod is a good idea for temporary installation across the entire length of a wall, or if you do not want to drill holes in the ceiling.
  • Hanging a wooden pole may require longer screws than are provided with the rod. Check the length and purchase additional screws if necessary.
  • If you are a renter, check with your property owner before drilling holes in the ceiling.
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