How to Install Ceiling Drapes

Updated February 21, 2017

There are many instances where you might need to install drapes from your ceiling. You may have floor to ceiling windows and are therefore unable to install traditional curtain rods. Or you may want to hang drapes from the ceiling as a room divider. Perhaps you are just trying to create a dramatic look in your room with floor to ceiling drapes. Either way, installing drapes from your ceiling is easier than you might think.

Determine where the line will be mounted. Mark the ceiling where the two ends of the line will be mounted. Using the drill, drill two small holes in the marks on the ceiling. Insert a wall anchor into each hole. Screw in the hooks so they are flush with the ceiling.

At one end of the wire, make a loop. Secure the loop with one of the wire rope clips. Hook the loop onto one of the screw-in hooks mounted to the ceiling. Fully expand one of the turnbuckles and attach it to the other screw-in hook. Pull the wire taught between the two screw-in hooks. Cut the cable to this length, leaving 6" excess wire for tightening.

Remove the turnbuckle from the ceiling and secure the remaining end of the wire to the turnbuckle using the wire clip. Attach the turnbuckle to the ceiling hook and tighten the turnbuckle until the wire is taught.

Once the proper length of the wire has been determined, loosen the turnbuckle and unhook it from the ceiling. Trim any extra wire and run the wire through the rod pockets or tabs on your curtains. Curtain clips can also be strung from the wire. After the curtains are placed on the wire, remount the turnbuckle to the ceiling and tighten it until the wire and curtains are taught.


Always use the proper wall anchors for the type of ceiling material you have.

Things You'll Need

  • Aircraft cable
  • Turnbuckles
  • Wire rope clips
  • Screw-in hooks
  • Wall anchors
  • Electric drill
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