How to Hang Curtains on a Screened Porch


Hang curtains on the interior of screened porches in the same way curtains are hung on a window. If you don’t wish to install curtain brackets there are a variety of no-drill methods for hanging curtains. Screened porches may have screened sections framed by wood, much like a window. Typically a screened porch has dividers between sections of screen. The screen is framed in wood. Treat each framed section of screen as an individual “window”.

Things You'll Need

  • Measuring tape
  • Cup hooks or adhesive hooks
  • Curtain panels with tabs, ties or grommets
  • Hook and loop adhesive tape
  • Rod pocket curtain panels
  • Standard metal curtain rods or tension rods
  • Curtain rod hardware
  • Screwdriver

Cup Hooks or Adhesive Hooks Installation

  • Measure the width of each screen section. Choose a curtain panel at least as wide as the section of screen. Not all screened sections will be the same measurement. Choose curtain panels with tabs, ties or grommets.

  • Hold the panel up to the screen section. Use a pencil to mark the position of the first tab, ties or grommet. On the curtain panel, measure the space between each tab, ties or grommet. On the wood above each screen section, use the space measurement to measure and mark where each hook should be placed.

  • Screw a cup hook into the wood or peel the backing from an adhesive-backed hook and press it onto the wood.

  • Hang the curtain by placing a tab or grommet over each hook, or by tying the ties around each hook. The Front Porch Ideas and More website suggests using shower curtains. Or, if your porch is often wet, using waterproof curtains may help reduce the moisture on your porch.

Hook and Loop Installation

  • Measure the width of each screen section. Measure and cut hook and loop tape according to these measurements. Screen sections may not be the same measurement.

  • Lay the curtain on a flat surface with the top, back of the curtain facing you. Use a rod pocket panel, or fabric. Waterproof, mildew-resistant outdoor fabric is available.

  • Peel the backing from the adhesive on the hook tape. Press the hook tape horizontally across the top of the curtain. Peel the backing from the adhesive on the loop tape. Press the loop tape horizontally across the wood above the screen section.

  • Attach the hooks on the curtain to the loops on the wood.

Standard Rod or Tension Rod Installation

  • Measure the width of each screen section to determine the width of the rod pocket curtain and the width of the standard or tension curtain rod.

  • Install standard rod brackets inside of the screen section on the wood dividers between sections. Tension rods require no bracket installation. The Money Pit website says that using tension rods also allows you to hang the curtains at varying heights, such as using café panels.

  • Insert the rod through the rod pocket in the curtain. Attach the standard rod to the brackets on each side of the screen. Tension rods are adjusted to the width of each section and inserted between the dividers.

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