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).
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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.
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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.
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DIY Magnetic Curtain
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.
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DIY No-Drill Privacy Screen
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.Continue to 5 of 7 below.
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Dowels and Sticky Hooks
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.
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Outdoor Curtains Hung With S-Hooks
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.
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Upholstery Tack Curtains
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.