How to Hang Curtains Without Drilling

Woman hanging curtains with tension rod
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If you’re renting your home or you have freshly painted or wallpapered walls, you may be looking to add curtains to your space without putting holes in the walls. These no-drill curtain ideas will help you hang curtains without damaging your walls or woodwork. From Command Hooks and S-hooks to magnets and more, there are a surprising amount of ways to hang apartment-friendly curtains without installing a rod. With these ideas for hanging curtains without drilling, your new window treatments can block light and add style and personality to your space, all while saving your walls (and your security deposit).

  • 01 of 07

    Command Hooks

    lightweight gauzy curtains hung from command hooks

    The Happier Home

    Sticky Command Hooks work well as coat hangers and for hanging pictures, but the brand also makes hooks specifically for curtains. They have a slimmer, more rounded bottom hook that fits most curtain rods or wooden dowels, no drilling required. And best of all, when it's time to move, you can take off the Command Hooks and there won't be any sticky residue left behind.

    How To Hang Curtains Using Command Hooks from The Happier Home

  • 02 of 07

    Macrame Curtains

    macrame curtains hung using extra rope

    The Spruce / Mollie Johanson

    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

  • 03 of 07

    DIY Magnetic Curtain

    DIY magnetic curtain panel

    How Does She

    If you're lucky enough to have a metal door or window frame, a DIY magnetic curtain is a simple and chic solution for blocking pesky morning or bright evening light. Here, the curtain project is sewn from scratch by sewing round magnets into the geometric-printed fabric, but if you have existing curtains or drapes that you love, it's not hard to add a few magnets so you can hang the curtains with this method.

    Brilliant DIY Magnetic Curtain from How Does She

  • 04 of 07

    DIY No-Drill Privacy Screen

    DIY Bathroom privacy screen made without drilling

    Thrift Diving

    Perfect for bathrooms or smaller kitchen windows, this privacy screen does the work of curtains without any hanging required. You'll need to be a little familiar with woodworking (or enlist the help of someone who is), but once you've measured properly and built the panel, the screen will pop right into place, no hardware (or wall holes) necessary.

    How to Make a Pretty DIY Window Privacy Screen from Thrift Diving

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  • 05 of 07

    Dowels and Sticky Hooks

    curtains hung on wooden dowel from command hook

    Morgan Ma Belle

    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

  • 06 of 07

    Outdoor Curtains Hung With S-Hooks

    outdoor curtains hung with tension rod

    @jenandlargo / Instagram

    These gorgeous airy outdoor curtains are actually hung using S-hooks. One side of the hook is looped into the ceiling panes, and the other end is curled to fit the custom PVC pipe rod. You could recreate this look using a tension or shower rod instead. This DIY project looks professional and elegant, and it's best suited for lighter materials like these lovely sheer gauzy curtains.

    Outdoor Hanging Curtains from @jenandlargo

  • 07 of 07

    Upholstery Tack Curtains

    curtains hung using upholstery tacks instead of rod

    Lolly Jane

    If it's okay to make small holes in your walls, but you don't like the look of bulky curtain rods, then these upholstery tacks are an ingenious solution for hanging curtains. Just note that while these look elegant and drape beautifully, they are more for decorative purposes, as you won't be able to open and close the curtains once they're tacked. Once you remove the tacks from the wall, you may still need to do some light patching, but the damage will be far less substantial than holes from drilling.

    Tip To Hang Curtains Without Using A Rod from Lolly Jane