Want to create a dark room for your online zoom meetings or want to hang heavy duty blackout curtains for a good nights rest. This is an easy DIY solution to hang curtains in a rental apartment or for temporary use.
Hang curtains in a rental apartment without having to drill and cause damage to your wall. You can also avoid to patch and paint by using Labrico 2×4 Adjuster brackets. Stand a vertical timber post either side of a window then fasten the curtain brackets onto the verticals posts, NOT the wall.
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Hang Curtains Project Information
- Drill bits
- Measuring tape
- Spirit level (or download the “Bubble Level” App for iphone for free)
If you are a Renter, Avoid Damage to your Apartment Walls
You can see in the picture below that I have built two timber posts around the window using 2×4 timbers and Labrico 2×4 Adjuster brackets. That’s the curtain and rod framework.
Now, instead of screwing the curtain brackets into the wall (and causing damage), you screw the curtain brackets into the 2×4 frame work.
Heavy Duty Brackets for Hanging Blackout Curtains
Each 2×4 bracket has a load bearing weight of 20kg which gives enough stability for hanging heavy drapes and blackout curtains. Of course, you have the option of hanging regular curtains and drapes as well.
Which Curtain Brackets & Rods to Use?
These Single Curtain Brackets will Work
These Double Brackets will Work
Ceiling Curtain Brackets WON'T Work
What types of curtain brackets can you install on the 2×4 timber post?
Single and double curtain brackets, being the most commonly used, are fastened into the wall requiring drilling into the wall and unwanted wall damage. This can be particularly problematic for renters.
This can be avoided by fastening the curtain bracket in the 2×4 timber post.
Which Curtain Rods are Suitable?
Curtain rods with two anchor points (left and right) will suit. Whereas curtain rods that require a centre support won’t work.
Staining or Painting the Timber Posts
Step By Step Instructions
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Measure the ceiling height and minus 3.7 inches or 95 mm from the ceiling height.
Buy wood and supplies from a hardware store.
Tip: The hardware store can cut the wood for free or sometimes they charge a small fee per cut.
To install the 2 timber posts, measure 4” to 6” either side of the window.
Check your 4” to 6” measurement in at least two places, upper and lower end of the timber post.
One at a time, lift the wood posts vertically into place.
Check the wood post is vertical by using a spirit level.
TIP: For an online spirit level, download “Bubble Level” for free from the iphone app store.
Turn the adjusting screw clockwise to tighten the upper cap against the ceiling.
Ensure the timber post is sturdy and can’t rotate.
Using the mark, fasten the curtain rod brackets to the wood post.
Hang the curtain rod onto the curtain brackets.
Unscrew the finial (or the knob on the end of the curtain rods).
Feed one set of curtains onto the rod.
Push the curtain to the opposite end.
Feed the second set of curtains onto the rod.
Re-attach the finial.
Your brackets may have a set of screws to keep the rod in place. Fasten these in place.
Spread the curtains across the window.
Frequently Asked Questions
Not happy with the height of the curtains?
Measure a few extra inches above the ceiling. Start again at step 9.
When open, the curtains cover part of the window?
Measure an inch or two extra on both sides of the window. Start again at step 5.
I put the curtain brackets in the wrong spot. Can I try again?
Yes, you can make adjustments to the position of the brackets without having to fill the hole.
Made a complete mess of hanging the brackets?
Turn the timber post over and use the other side.
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