Using the right fasteners, you can install curtain rods in cement almost as easily as installing curtain rod hardware on any other type of wall. Replace the fasteners included with the curtain rods, such as nails or screws, with concrete fasteners so you can install curtain rod hardware in cement. Installation of curtain rods in cement depends on learning how to install concrete fasteners that will hold the curtain rods safely and not pull out of the wall.
Things You'll Need
Pencil or marker
Safety glasses or goggles
Masonry drill bit
Screwdriver bit for the drill
Long straight board, such as 2-by-4
Select the location for the curtain rod hardware. Hold one side of the curtain rod hardware in position and use a pencil to mark the location for the holes for the screws by placing the pencil or marker into the hole and drawing a mark on the cement.
Choose the appropriate sized masonry drill bit for the selected masonry screws. This information is located on the concrete screw package label.
Put on safety glasses or goggles.
Insert the masonry drill bit into a drill and drill the location for each screw as marked on the wall. Drill the hole approximately 1/2 inch deeper than the length of the chosen concrete screws.
Clear the dust out of the hole with a straw. Align the straw with the hole, cover your eyes and blow through the straw to clear the hole.
Insert concrete screws into through the curtain rod hardware and into the pilot holes in the cement. Tighten the screws using a drill with a screwdriver bit.
Measure the distance from the edge of the window to the side of the installed hardware. Use this measurement to make a mark for the edge of the hardware on the other side of the window.
Place a level on the installed hardware and hold the edge of the hardware for the other side against the mark on the cement on the other side of the window. If the level is not long enough, place a longer, straight board across the installed hardware and hold the curtain rod hardware for the opposite side against the board. Place the level on top of the board. Adjust the hardware until the level shows that the hardware is level to the installed hardware.
Mark the location for the screw holes with a pencil or marker.
Drill the holes as before with the appropriate masonry bit. Blow the dust out of the holes with a straw. Screw the hardware into position with the screwdriver bit inserted into the drill.
Hang the curtain rod on the installed curtain rod hardware according to package directions.
Hold the curtains in position on the rod before determining placement for the hanging hardware.
Wear safety glasses or goggles when drilling into concrete. The concrete can break off and cause serious and permanent eye damage.