How to Install Curtains With No Holes

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How to Install Curtains With No Holes
ID badge strap clips are handy for hanging curtains. (Wendy Hope/Stockbyte/Getty Images)

Sometimes a landlord will not allow a tenant to drill holes in the wall for curtain rods, pictures or any other purpose. This limits decor options, particularly if the walls are a plain white colour and blinds provided by the landlord are equally bland. To overcome such restrictions, look for creative ways to hang curtains so that you can add texture and colour to your living space. Installing curtains without using rods is easier than you think.

Skill level:
Moderately Easy

Things you need

  • Tape measure
  • Adhesive-backed hooks
  • ID badge straps or curtain rings with clips

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  1. 1

    Measure the width of the curtain panel. Divide the width by six. Add 1 to this measurement for the number of hooks you will need per panel to hang the curtains.

  2. 2

    Measure the length of the curtain panel. Measure from the floor up using the length measurement and add 1/2 inch. Place painter's tape horizontally across the top of the window along this mark.

  3. 3

    Attach an adhesive-backed removable hook 4 inches beyond the outside edge of the window and along the painter's tape. These hooks come in different sizes and colours; they can removed from the wall without damaging it or removing paint. Space the hooks 3 to 4 inches apart. Use the number of hooks determined in Step 1.

  4. 4

    Attach an alligator clamp with a strap clip, like the ones used to hold ID badges, to the back of the curtain panel every 6 inches and on each end. Fold the strap to the snap and close it. Hook the loop of the strap over the hook on the wall. This will hold the curtain evenly spaced without damaging the curtain. Alternatively, use standard curtain rings with clamps to accomplish the same thing. Repeat for the panel on the other side of the window. Remove the tape.

Tips and warnings

  • ID badges are found at office supply stores at about one-fourth the price of standard curtain rings with clamps. Buy the adhesive hooks in bulk packages for the best price.

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