How to Hang Curtains Without Drilling

Without damage to the wall, hang your choice of curtain rod bracket onto a vertical stud post. Avoid drilling damage caused by screws and nails. If you’re a renter or unsure about drilling into the wall, then read on. 

Download the FREE PDF instructions on how to hang curtains without drilling and damaging the wall.

  • Cost of supplies - About $50 to build the curtain frame. Cost of the curtains and hardware are not included.
  • Time to make - 1 to 1.5 hours
  • Build difficulty - Easy
  • Fasten curtain bracket to external stud post for stability
  • Suit various window styles and sizes
  • Support heavy curtains like block out or black out blinds
  • Open and close curtains without worrying the rod will pull down
  • No wall damage
  • Timber posts can be painted or stained to match existing furniture or wall

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There are many styles of window frames and window sizes. To install curtains you may need specific curtain brackets to suit. But building a frame around the window using 2×4 wood posts opens up your options. You set the width and height of the curtain rod and curtains.

Now you can furnish your windows with your choice of curtains, drapes or blackout (or block out) blinds.

With external 2×4 wood posts you no longer need to drill and damage the wall. That’s a relief. Because filling wall holes, patching and painting the wall is time consuming. Best to avoid it to keep the Landlord happy.

The Labrico 2×4 adjusters are the key. They brace the wood in a vertical position and act like a stud, except they are outside of the wall.  That saves your wall from damage. It also saves having to find the stud inside the wall which can be tricky.

After hanging your curtains, open and close your curtains as many times as you like. The curtain rod brackets are secure and won’t fall once fastened to the 2×4 wood.

Having two vertical wood posts in your room may not suit your decor. Sure, they do look a bit odd at first but damaging the walls might look worse.

You can make the posts less noticeable by painting the posts the same colour as the wall. Or why not go the other way and make the posts eye-catching. You can stain the timber post (my preferred option) or pasting wallpaper to the timber posts.

This DIY project rates as easy, requiring some basic DIY skill. If you can drill pilot holes and fasten screws you’ll be fine. You might get it right the first time, but positioning the curtains might take a couple of tries.

For the first time, getting the 2×4 wood post vertical and in position will take a few goes.

Which Curtain Brackets & Rods are Suitable?

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 bracket in a 2×4 timber post built outside of the wall.

Single Curtain Brackets - YES
Double Curtain Brackets - YES
Ceiling Curtain Brackets - NO

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.

Curtain rods with 2 anchor points - YES
Curtain rods with Centre anchor points - NO

Hanging Curtains Project Information

  • Drill
  • Drill bits
  • Measuring tape
  • Screwdriver
  • Pencil
  • Spirit level (Download the “Bubble Level” App for iphone for free)
To build the framework
Hardware
  • Curtain rod and brackets
To Stain the wood
  • Briwax wood stain product (I use Antique Mahogany)
  • Rags or cut up old clothes for staining and polishing
  • Sandpaper (fine and medium grit)

2”x4”x8’ Stud/wood post (Canada)

Home Depot (Canada)SPF Dimensional Lumber$3.98
Rona (Canada)Spruce stud $3.99
Lowes (Canada)Kiln dried whitewood stud $3.39
Lowes (Canada)Spruce pine fir $3.99

2”x4”x8’ Stud/wood post (USA)

Home Depot (USA)Premium Kiln dried whitewood stud$2.86
Home Depot (USA)Prime Kilm dried whitewood stud$2.86
Home Depot (USA)Canfor Premium dried SPF stud$2.86
Lowes (USA)Hemlock Fir Stud$3.36
Lowes (USA)Douglas Fir Stud$3.37

The prices are a guide to the cost of wood. They are current at time of writing. Please contact me if the prices need updating.  

This project will cost about $50 for the frame.

Note: The cost of the curtains and curtain brackets are not included.

The project will cost $60 if you add staining the timber.

Note: A tin of Briwax costs $25 but you will use it many times.

Product

Quantity

Approx. Cost

Labrico 2×4 Adjuster 

2

$40

2×4 Wood post vertical

2

$10

Sandpaper, medium & fine grit

2

$0.50 each

Briwax

1

$25

The prices are a guide only and are current at the time of writing. 

About 1 hour

  • 5 mins – Cut wood to size. The hardware store can do it quickly and easily
  • 30 mins – Stain 2 wood post for 1 coat
  • 30 mins – Set up wood frame, hang curtain bracket, hang curtains 

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How to Hang Curtains Instructions

Part A: Check location, get materials

1

Labrico flat ceiling ok, not sloped ceiling
The 2 timber posts need a flat ceiling and sturdy floor. Check around the window area.

2

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.

3

Timber posts can be stained or painted to suit

Stain and polish wood post. (Optional, but recommended)

See staining tips and instructions below.

Part B: Install the 2 timber posts

4

Attach the ceiling and floor bracket
Put the upper cap and bottom cap on the wood post. The top cap has the adjusting screw (see below).

5

Measure 4 to 6 either side of the window

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.

6

Lift the 2x4 post vertically into position

One at a time, lift the wood posts vertically into place.

7

Make sure the timber post is vertical using a spirt guide

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.

8

Turn the adjusting screw on the top cap to tighten

Turn the adjusting screw clockwise to tighten the upper cap against the ceiling.

Ensure the timber post is sturdy and can’t rotate.

Part C: Attach the curtain rod hardware and curtains

9

Mark the spot for the curtain brackets
Measure 2”- 5” above the window frame and mark with a pencil. Take hold of your curtain. Align the top of the eyelet (or the rings) against the mark. Let the curtain dangle and check the height. Are you happy with it?
TIP: Make the room feel taller by adding an EXTRA 2”-5” to the measurement above the window frame.

10

Mark the spot for the curtain bracket on the timber post
Measure from the ceiling down to the mark. Transfer this measurement to each timber post and make a mark in the centre of the timber post.

11

Fasten the curtain bracket to the wood post

Using the mark, fasten the curtain rod brackets to the wood post.

12

Hang the curtain rod onto the brackets

Hang the curtain rod onto the curtain brackets.

13

Unscrew the finial (or the knob) on the end

Unscrew the finial (or the knob on the end of the curtain rods).

14

Feed one curtain set onto the curtain rod

Feed one set of curtains onto the rod.

Push the curtain to the opposite end.

15

Feed the second curtain onto the rod

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.

16

Spread the curtains across the window

Spread the curtains across the window.

Finished!

Part D: 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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Staining & Polishing the Wood

With a small amount of effort you can make your curtain posts look part of your room.

  • Looks great - brings out character of the wood
  • Protects the wood from drying out
  • Like toothpaste, not water - very easy to apply with a clean cloth
  • One coat is enough
  • Dries quickly
  • Various stain colours to suit your other furniture

Staining timber posts brings out the character of each piece of cut timber, particularly when there are distinct timber knots.

The knots are the curves and bends in the wood grain that make timber the best material to work with for display. 

Applying a stain helps prolong the use of your wood post for years. It also protects the timber from cracking and drying.

The stain I use is Briwax made from soft beeswax.

Traditional stains can be watery and need several coats of sealer. This makes it time consuming and tricky to get the colour right. But Briwax feels like toothpaste making it easy to apply using a cloth. Often I use old cut up clothes.

Also, one application of Briwax is enough!

Stained 2x4 wood using Briwax

Be mindful that Briwax does have a strong smell when you first start using it but fades as it dries. You will notice after a few hours there is a waxy feel to the wood which sinks into the wood over time.

Give the stained timber 1-2 hours to dry and I find one coat is enough to bring our the colour. That’s a great time saver!

My colour preference is Antique Mahogany to get that dark timeless furniture look.

Supplies needed to stain and polish the wood

  • Briwax staining and polish product
  • Gloves
  • Cloths for staining
  • Cloths for polishing
  • Sandpaper - fine & medium grit

Tips for staining and polishing

  • Use sandpaper to smooth the wood surface starting with a medium then a fine grit
  • After the stain dries, give the wood a light polish using a clean cloth
  • Stain all sides and ends of the timber post
  • A tin of Briwax goes a long way so store it properly for future use

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Will this work for curtains that are opened and closed everyday? I have blackouts in front of my patio door and the curtain rod pulled right out of the wall this morning.

Martin Fai
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Hi James,
Once fastened to the 2×4 stud post, the curtain brackets and rod will not come loose if installed properly.

For my bedroom, I have used block out or black out blinds which are heavier than regular blinds. Using the labrico 2×4 adjuster brackets works a treat!

I do have one suggestion. If you are using heavier blinds (like block out or black out blinds), select a stronger/thicker curtain rod. Weaker curtain rods tend to flex in the middle with heavier curtains.

Martin