Anchoring to Concrete

Mark the concrete where the curtain-rod hangers will be anchored. Place the hangers against the concrete and mark where the holes need to be drilled for the Tapcon screws. Tapcon screws work well for concrete.

Place a concrete bit into a drill and drill pilot holes into the concrete at the places marked.

Place a Philips-head drill bit into the drill. Using the drill and Tapcon screws, anchor the curtain-rod hanger to the wall. Repeat for the other hangers.

Mark the concrete where the curtain-rod hangers will be anchored. Using the drill and Tapcon screws, anchor the curtain-rod hanger to the wall.

Hang the curtain rods and curtains according to the directions supplied with the rods.


Magnetic Curtain Rod

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If you’re trying to hang a curtain over a window of a metal door, you can use a magnetic curtain rod to avoid drilling. 

The temporary curtain rod will stick right to the door so you can easily open and close your drapes without worrying about them coming down. Then, when it comes time to move, just pop the rod off the door and you’re done!

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For an unconventional DIY approach, build a curtain frame that sits in front of the window instead of relying on a curtain rod that attaches to the wall. Something similar to a photo booth backdrop, like the one in this picture will work. If you’re handy, you can build it with PVC pipes, spray paint it, and hang some pretty curtains! 

Macrame Curtains

If you're looking to add a little casual-chic energy to your window or doorway, these DIY macrame curtains will be a dreamy addition to your space. You can hang them from a tension rod or beam, and if your ceiling allows it, you could also use extra rope to tie the curtains up. They'll add style and obscure the light without any holes or wall damage.

How To Make DIY Macrame Curtains from The Spruce Crafts

Other Window-Treatments That Won’t Damage Your Walls

  • Using temporary command hooks
  • Hanging curtains using a tension rod
  • Create Faux Roman shade
  • Ordering custom-made compression shades
  • Suspending the curtain rod from the room’s ceiling
  • Purchasing Twist and Fit curtain rods

Dowels and Sticky Hooks

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A slim wooden dowel is a beautifully understated way to hang curtains. The dowels here rest on sticky Command Hooks in white, and the whole effect is beachy and airy. A pro-tip is to give the hooks time to really adhere to the wall (wait at least one hour) before hanging anything on them. And the beauty of using a sticky hook instead of drilling holes in the wall is that if you decide the curtains look too low or too high, you can move the rod and hooks without any damage.

Easy, Apartment-Friendly Curtain Rod from Morgan Ma Belle

The Drip Cap

  • Cinder blocks are commonly used in basements and garages.
  • The nails or screws that come with curtain rods cannot be used on cinder block walls because they will bend, break or pull out of the cinder blocks.
  • Use a pencil or marker to mark the location for one screw hole on one side of the curtain rod.
  • Put on safety glasses or goggles.
  • Drill the holes at the location marked for the hardware, and blow the dust out of the holes with a straw.
  • Hang the curtain rod on the hardware.


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