How to Replace Closet Doors With Curtains

Updated April 17, 2017

A closet door hides the contents of the closet, providing a neat and organised appearance. Sliding closet doors allow access to only one side of the closet at a time, however, and opened hinged or bifold doors take up valuable space within the room. Hang curtains over a closet opening to allow full access to the contents without taking up extra space. You can replace closet doors with curtains regardless of closet door type. Choose curtains that match the window treatments for a coordinated look, or make a bold decorative statement with contrasting colours.

Remove the closet doors. Lift sliding doors straight up and then to the back to remove the wheels from the track across the top of the closet door opening. Unscrew the hinge screws from the door casing for bifold or other hinged doors.

Measure the width of the closet door opening and buy a closet rod to fit the measurement. Trim the rod to the correct length with a hacksaw, if necessary.

Measure the length of the curtains from the rod pocket to the bottom of the hem. Measure up from the floor on the door casing on each side, and mark the correct placement of the closet rod flanges.

Install a closet rod flange on each side of the closet door casing, using a screwdriver and the screws provided with the flanges. Insert the rod into the flanges to check for proper fit. Trim the rod with a hacksaw, if necessary.

Insert the rod into the curtain casing and hang. Alternatively, slip drapery clip rings over the closet rod. Pinch each clip and slide the curtain fabric between the teeth, starting at one side and placing the clips evenly spaced across the top of the curtain.


To hang curtains with a small top casing and non-directional fabric, slip the closet rod through the hem and hang the curtains upside down. Use a tension curtain rod or tension shower rod for small or medium size openings, if desired.


Do not use tension rods on children’s’ closets.

Things You'll Need

  • Tape measure
  • Closet rod
  • Closet rod flanges
  • Hacksaw (optional)
  • Drapery clip rings (optional)
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