Hardware-Free Curtains

Today I’m taking a deviation from my normal blog fare to give you a how-to on my living room curtains.  These curtains are just for color and softness in the room (we have blinds for privacy), so we didn’t want to buy rods for opening and closing curtains.  I looked at window sconces to hold up window scarves, but (a) they were just as pricey and (b) I couldn’t find any I liked.  So,  I threw together what I had on hand – 3M hooks left over from dorm life and twist ties – to decorate my living room.

I also put all these up the night before we were having people over for Easter lunch, so you know they’re super easy.

Here we go.

You have to get window scarves for this project – these were about $15 each from Wal-Mart.  The length allowed me to drape down to the floor on one side and still have plenty leftover to tie generous knots.

First, hang your command hooks.  Conventional curtain wisdom says go “high and wide”.

Tie a few overhand knots in your window scarf – no biggie.  I tied about three to get the length of curtain and size of knot that I wanted – yours might be different.

Note – it doesn’t matter if your knots aren’t identical. We’re a pair of OCD perfectionists, and having 8 slightly different knots in our main room hasn’t bothered either one of us!  (Though once Greg reads this post tomorrow morning, it might start to…  Sorry, dear.)

Here’s the only tricky part, and it’ll seem much more obvious live rather than on a blog.  On the back side of your knot, find the outermost loop of fabric.  Run a twist tie (or picture-hanging wire, or string, or whatever you can find) through it.  Using the ends of the twist tie, make a loop – this will hang on your 3M hook.  So, your wire will be in the shape of a figure 8: a loop of your curtain knot through the bottom hole, and an open top hole for the 3M hook to grab.

It’s best if you can find a loop of fabric that’s going horizontal rather than vertical (or will be going that direction when your knot’s hanging).  That way the tie will stay in place rather than sliding vertically once you hang it.  If those instructions make no sense, no worries.  Just try something and see if it works – it’s just a twist tie!

Now, hang your finished knot!

You can see in the above picture that the knot leans away from the hook.  I used push pins to pin the outer layers of the knot to the wall so that they would cover the white hook.  Push pins won’t hold the weight of the fabric, but they can hide our non-hardware.

Repeat for the second knot!

I then used a few push pins to stretch the top of the fabric across the window – but you could leave it loose if you want.

Finished product!

(The fabric can also drape down both sides if you have a long enough scarf.)

So there you have it: curtain hanging with no purchased hardware, no nails, and no screws.  Awesome.  Enjoy!


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  1. This is such a great idea, especially for apartment dwellers! Landlords can be so picky about holes in the wall, or god forbid you screw into their ancient trim or molding. Fantastic alternative!

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