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No-drill curtain rod ideas

By Mary Beth Breckenridge Published: August 5, 2013

Can't put holes in your walls? You can still put up curtain rods.

Home-improvement expert Tom Kraeutler offers alternatives to traditional curtain-rod hardware in The Money Pit, the newsletter he writes with Leslie Segrete of Trading Spaces fame. The two also host a radio show by the same name as their blog

Kraeutler's suggestions:

  • Use special brackets that slip over the corners of the window casings. Brands include Instant-Up Curtain Rod Holders and Ready Hang brackets. The latter have vertical extensions that allow the curtain rod to be hung several inches higher than the window.
  • If you can put holes in your ceiling, try ceiling-mounted curtain rod brackets from Country Curtains or Swags Galore. For a wall of windows, consider a ceiling-mounted curtain track.
  • Use the old-fashioned method: a tension rod. It's a spring-loaded rod that fits between the two side jambs of the window. Attractive options are available now, such as the rods sold by Umbra.
  • Use adhesive hooks to hold a slender curtain rod or dowel. Hooks with 3M’s Command adhesive can be removed without damage or residue, and they're widely available in hardware stores, drugstores, mass-merchandise stores and even some grocery stores.



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