Wednesday, March 21, 2012

How To Hang a Curtain Without A Rod

I love to have curtains in my windows. It can pull an entire room together.

I have a lot of windows in my house that need curtains. And I'm cheap, so I don't want to spend a fortune on covering them. I had these sheer curtains on hand, but no rod; and a big window that needed to be "covered".

I had done something very similar in Ella's room, so I decided to do it again in our living room.

So here's how to hang curtains without a rod.

Here's what you need.

Wood Knobs
Wood Screws (more on this)
Paint (your color choice)
Drill and Drill Bits
Tape Measure
Ruler and Pencil

The knobs come with a standard screw. The problem is that you can't get them directly into the wall with a flat head screw. So, I hunted these down. These are wood screws made specifically for knobs. Notice there is no head to the screw. You drill it into the wall and then screw your knob on. Make sure you find the right size screw for the knob, too big or too small and this will not work.

Paint your knobs. 
*You can buy any knobs you'd like and this will work*

 This is how I held them to be painted. Pretty helpful…and paint didn't get ALL over my hands.

Next you'll need to measure…and I had to measure like 100 times before I got it just right.
 Make sure you're spacing is even. 

{Do you love my ruler?}

Use a drill bit to pre drill holes into wall. 

Choose a bit that is a bit smaller than your screw. 
If you choose one that is bigger the screw will not be secure in the hole. 

Now it's time to drill your screw into the wall. 
This is how the screw should fit into your drill.

 At the corners and the middle of your window you will hit a stud. Put a little elbow grease in there when you are pre drilling with your bit. You want to make sure the screw will stay in there!

{Don't judge the paint job!}

 These are my knobs…all lined up. This is my "rod".

{Don't mind the lighting…photography is hard!}

 Next I'm going to get "tisked" by the women who can sew.
I don't know how to use my sewing machine yet; so I improvised.
(I'm not super attached to these curtains. I just had them laying around. 
So I don't mind some minor mutilation)

 I measured and cut tiny holes in curtains where they fabric will hang on the knobs.

 The hole is just big enough for the back part of the knob to fit through. 
*tisk tisk*
 I know, I know.

 Now hang!

 I overlapped the curtains on the center 3 knobs only because I measured wrong (surprise surprise). But I didn't hate the way it looked. So I left it alone. 

I even used knobs for my tie backs.

Cost breakdown:
Knobs: $1.50 each
I bought 9…that's $13.50 for the knobs
Screws: $3 for 12 screws
Paint: On hand…so free for me : )

That's a grand total of $16.50.

The rods I was looking at were $25 and tie backs are about $12 for a pack of two.
That's about $37.

So there's a pretty good savings there. And you could use ANY knobs for this project. So if you have some thrifted ones, you could do this for the cost of the screws! Not bad.

Here's the one I made for Ella's room.
 It has a wood board behind it. But it's another way to hang the knobs.

{Sweet baby Ella's Room}

So what do you think?
I'm smitten by them.

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Digital Scrapbooking Made Easy said...

I love this idea! I'd love to have you link it up to my party at Thanks for sharing!

Our Pinteresting Family said...

What a great idea! I love how you were able to do it so budget friendly. :) Megan

Coleen McCrea Katz said...

Very clever! I really like the pink ones. Stopping by from It's a Keeper blog hop.

rreynol3 said...

Will you do this for me in the basement?!?!? Thanks :-)

Kori said...

Found this pinned on Pinterest. I love it! A fantastic idea!

Christine said...

GENIUS!!!!!!!!!!! You just solved a BIG problem of mine!!! My front window is just too big.. I can't find a rod for it.. so right now I'm using a two copper pipes welded together!!

I sure would LOVE IT if you shared this at The DIY Dreamer.. From Dream to Reality! PLEASE :)

Sonja @ said...

Totally cute idea!

Your family is beautiful, and truly a blessing from the Lord.

4you-withlove said...

This is such a beautiful technique!

Mammy Made said...

That is really gorgeous, I love how it looks overlapped aswell!

- Adele @ Mammy Made

Barbara said...

I am smitten too:-) This has some merit in my future remodeling. Thanks for sharing with us.

Tara @ Tales of a Trophy Wife said...

I LOVE this! pinned it! Thanks. If you got a moment, I'd love for you to join my linky party:

Shiloh said...

I love the drapy look! It's so pretty!

Miss Jenn said...

Ridiculously adorable!!!

Natalie said...

Ok - Im loving this idea - so simple and easy - my 2 favorite things!
Im also a new follower! I would love you to visit me and maybe follow if you like what you see. Take care and by the way your kiddos are super cute xx Nat

Tara @ Tales of a Trophy Wife said...

Congrats, this was last week's most viewed link:)

Alexis @ we like to learn as we go said...

That is way cuter than using a curtain rod! I'll need to try that in my daughter's room. Definitely pinning this! I would love for you to link it up to my link party. I know my readers would love it too!

Alexis @ we like to learn as we go said...

Thanks for linking up to What I Learned Wednesday! I'm featuring this!

Waseem said...

clever idea....beautiful technique you use to hang it...look fresh and clean..I really like it.

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Ana Lopes said...

So cute!!! Love this project Thanks so much for sharing the great tutorial! I'd love for you to visit my blog.
Happy weekend!

Hugs from Portugal,

Ana Love Craft

The Thriftiness Miss said...

This is great! I love the look and the pop of color the pink gives. Gotta try it :)

Mrs. Osmond said...

Thanks for linking up!!! I'd love to do a shout out to your post, and would love for you to grab a button of ours. :) cute idea, super smart!!


Mrs. Tucker said...

We have been searching for an it is!

Debbie Willson said...

What a fab way to do it! I saw one idea once to just use nail tacks then cover with buttons/flowers etc. This was ideal for fabric blinds but i like this idea better for curtains!! :)

Sassy Kay said...

Adorable! Especially the curtains in Ella's room.

Melinda Collazo said...

What a fantastic way to hang curtains!

Michelle Smith said...

The post was professionally written and I feel like the author has extensive knowledge in this subject. Great post about this. I am sure many visitors will find this very useful.

Angela Betlewicz said...

Thank you so much for linking up to Efforts and Assets! Can’t wait to see what you have ready for next Tuesday’s Linky Party.


anastasia anezinis said...

woow you made wonders!!!Is amazing look for child room!I love it!!!!

Penny Lane said...

Love it! Very creative and beautiful. Thanks for sharing.

Maria Elena said...

What a super great idea! They look beautiful! I have a new weekly link party which is live now and I would love if you stop by and link up this wonderful post! Hope to see you there! Hugs, Maria

Cathy Compeau said...

I would love for you to share and link up at my weekly TGIF Link Party if you haven't already this week. Your favorite posts, most popular, recent or new! The party is open every Thursday night and closes Wednesday's at midnight. Followed by (Not SO) Wordless Wednesday!

I would be honored if you join us and follow to stay connected Have a wonderful week!

Hugs, Cathy

Leslie Lambert said...

Thanks so much for linking this post up to Create It Thursday…this post was featured this week! I appreciate you sharing such a great idea!
Leslie @ Lamberts Lately

TraciA said...

Thank you So Much for this tip!! I love the hanger bolts and how you used the drill to drill them in to the wall. Genius!! I saw your tutorial and went straight to home depot and found easily what you showed and hung up a little curtain over my kitchen sink. Thank you ever so much!!

Susan Harper said...

Love it, love it, how could you not!

Susan Harper said...

Love it, love it, how could you not!