I am not going to give you a designer lesson on how and how not to hang curtains. Because quite frankly, there are rule of thumbs out there, but I probably don’t follow them traditionally. Remember I am no designer and I do have tablecloths for curtains in my kitchen now. Not sure what designer would do that!
This whole project was a fluke for me today. You see, I am in the midst of some redecorating upstairs. Remember, I told you my Mom is coming in the Winter time and I am trying to clean out and make it as cute and comfortable for her as possible. I just have one small project to do in the unisex room and then I can share the full reveal.
This room here, is called a FROG room. Finished room over garage. We barely use it anymore. When the boys were little it was a great video hang out room. But now that they are older and I only have one boy left at home, the room is never used. This will be my Mom’s new TV/sitting room.
I love the curtains I had in here. They came from World Market a few years back.
But you see how I had them hung? On a cheap cafe rod and I had a lamp cover in the middle to cover the cheapo rod. WRONG, just WRONG. I knew that, but again, it’s an ignored space overall, so why all the fuss?
As per my usual weekly wally world (Walmart) run, I darted through the isles like I usually do. Today, I landed in the bath section. That is another project down the line we need to gut out desperately. Anyhow, I saw these bronze towel hooks in a four pack and they just so happened to catch my eye.
$2.97 a pack and self adhesive. Self-adhesive Mainstays Bronze Hooks provide extra hanging space where you need it without needing to drill holes. This pack of hooks provides a hook for hanging objects of all types on a clean, flat surface.
Wait a minute!!!!!!!! My wheels started turning. Then I remembered recently I read a blog post on friend Rhoda from Southern Hospitality. It was a post sponsored by GMC to do the Longest Yardsale and to shop for a deserving family and their Habitat for Humanity house.
She used hooks on a bay window with the curtain clips. Although, I am not sure what kind of hooks they were, and she did hers a little different because it was a bay window. I don’t think they used bath towel self adhesive hooks. None the less, a brilliant idea.
You can check out her post here. The entire house makeover is pretty awesome!
This is where my mind lead me to this awkward window. I can’t simply buy a rod and hang it above the round arched window. It would look silly, imo.
But what I can do is hang these bronze lightweight towel hooks and put my curtain clips on those. It would look more neat for one thing and almost as though that is the way it is suppose to be.
Let’s see how I did.
As I was doing this project I started thinking WOW, this would be great for apartment living, dorms, military wives, who can’t do much in terms of permanent decorating, etc. Not to mention, it’s so budget friendly!!!
Oh and these things stick well. Not like the 3M things that fall off the wall in 5 minutes. Although, they claim not to, I have had the worst luck with those things. I am pretty sure these will stay up. I just would not recommend heavy draperies. Although, they may work, these things are pretty darn durable. I will give you an update in a few weeks or so and let you know.
I would recommend after you adhere them to the wall to wait about an hour before hanging your curtains.
I put 4 on each side of the wall and used the top archway of the window as my guide. I didn’t measure, which you probably should, even in terms of spacing them out. I just eye balled it all.
I did OK though..I just won’t let my husband be the judge of that. He is a stickler for measuring and leveling everything.
They touch right down to the floor perfectly!
I left the decorative tie backs for now. I may use them to pull back the curtains on occasion for another look. Plus, I don’t want holes and patch work to be done.
This is the most difficult room to take pictures in. Sorry about that! These pictures are certainly not my greatest:(
They are not exactly perfect, but good enough for a room that is barely used. It certainly did the trick for less than $5.00 on a tricky window.
Hope you enjoyed my little tid bit for the day. I am smitten. This totally opened the room up and made it appear larger and the ceiling higher. What a simple change can do!
Pin it, try it. You will LOVE it.
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What is it with husbands? Mine has to measure everything too of course he was an inspector and measured things smaller than the width of a hair. I just look and say okay that looks good. I have to put curtains up in the bathroom and this will be a great way to do it. Thanks for the info.
LOL..it’s a guy thing.
Oh, Debbie Dear! You’re truly the smartest one! I love this idea and it looks wonderful! The hooks look great with the rings and I love your drapes too. Your little mother will love this!
Be a sweetie,
She will, I know. I already sent her pics and she is excited. I told her I was going to spoil her like she spoiled me. It’s payback time lol
Oh Debbie, you will have so much fun spoiling your mom. I got to spend my moms last five years with her. I have such great memories. Enjoy.
As far as the curtains go I really like the towel hook idea. I imagined you placing them along the curve as I was reading so that then you would have to use tie backs to have them open. Maybe when you’re ready for a change.
Linda @ Itsy Bits And Pieces
This is a great idea, Debbie…really opens up the space! It’s a wonderful room!
They look amazing Debbie!! Nice job!!
Yep brilliant idea Debbie, and it looks great. Don’t you just love those lightbulb moments??
Great idea, they look great!
Lisa @ Sweet Tea N' Salty Air
Hi Debbie…love the look. I am also one that will use many odd things as curtains. I have an indoor sunroom that I was going to put rods up this weekend but now that I see this I am definitely going to do this. It has 3/4 of the room very large windows and I am going to use Canvas drop cloths . Do you think that would be to heavy? Thanks so much for sharing such a great idea. [email protected] Sweet Tea N’ Salty Air
No Lisa, I think that would be fine. Would I might do is use more hooks..and more clips is all. That should do the trick.
Well. Tell you what. I know a gazillion curtain hanging applications, all of them quite effective. (Retired Interior Designer) However, this is the BEST!!!! You got me at no holes, no drill, no mess! I will be using this idea for a long time to come and for many projects! THANK YOU! See, you can always learn! I have not had good luck with the 3M thingies either so I never thought about another “stick ’em product.
Well…you just made my day! Whoot. Thanks so much. I know for certain you will love this product.
Oh Debbie you’ve done it again!!! Such a fabulous idea; love the ease of just sticking up the hooks. No measuring, drilling, screwing (then when you want to change it up, you’ve got holes to fill and paint………WAY TOO MUCH TO DEAL WITH. I’m going to try the hooks; love the look; so neat and fresh. Your ‘frog room’ is looking good; Mom will be so pleased. So nice that she’ll be spending the winter with you.
Yes Carol! She is pretty darn excited now. She is going to have it made here lol. She may not want to leave.
I love this idea. I can do this without having to wait on my husband to get out the ladder, cordless drill (that will need charged), and the inevitable disagreement on where the rod should be and where he thinks it should be 😉 I’m passing this idea on to my daughter who is renting a home. BTW, is that still a child protector in the plug to the left of the window? I always smile when I still run across those child protectors behind furniture at our home — our kids have families of their own!!!
LOL no more child protectors. It’s actually a switch for the little light above. So happy you will try this idea and pass it along to your daughter.
Such a clever idea, Debbie, and they look terrific!
Thank you so much Kate!
Wow!! This is a winner!! I am making curtains for my son’s new house….think I will try this!! He wanted something for a masculine edge and I think this will do the trick!
Kris @ Junk Chic Cottage
Oh my Debbie this is so clever. Love this idea. I am pinning. You rocked it out with this idea. Very pretty and unique.
You are so clever. The change really opened it up and made the window seem taller. I like it.
Debbie – I love this idea! We recently bought a cabin and my walls are all wood. Do you think those sticky backed hooks would work on wood walls? Thanks!
Yes I do think they would work on wood just fine. But I can’t promise that.
OOoohhhhh!!! Those are very nice hooks. Interested to see how they hold up. I can sure use some of those in the sun room for the sheers!!!
Sigh… I agree it is a guy thing. We can ‘eye ball ‘ things just fine. My Mr. is the Chief Inspector of our County and everything must be ‘precise’ .
Beautiful Curtains Deb. Hmm… now I want to go to Walmart 🙂
You really rocked this girl!!
Thank you Gee. So far, so good. They are still up lol!! But yes, I will be interested to see long term as well. I am having a pretty good feeling about them.
I like this idea because I have a window that has blinds on it but I just want some curtains on both sides – they don’t have to close. I didn’t want to buy a big long curtain rod either. My question is – how have the adhesive hooks held up on your wall and for how long? I want to make sure I go with an option that will last. And do you think this brand is better than the name brands (i.e. 3M)? Thanks!
I will be honest Kendra. Only one day was half a hook down, the adhesive didn’t stick. So I went back up, and adhered it to the wall and pressed down super hard and for about a half a minute or so. Since, I have not had another issue. The 3M does not work at all imo. What you can do is actually buy metal towel hooks and skrew them in the wall as you would for the towels. Those would definitely work too. If mine does not work, that is exactly what I am going to do because I love the look of it so much. This was an experiment. But so far so good since my last incident. Just don’t use super heavy curtains either.
Debbie, you are a GENIUS!!! We are one of those families that move a ton & try to be conservative with holes in the walls but also want a nice home. I’ve searched thru HUNDREDS of “no nail/drilling” ideas & this is by FAR the easiest, fastest, & best method. Hands down! I am getting the hooks tomorrow & going across our daughters room with darkening curtains to help them get all the sleep they need!! Can’t thank you enough!!
That is awesome Brooke! Just be sure the curtains are not too heavy. I did get some feedback if the draperies were too heavy the hooks for some reason did not hold up. I however, have not had one problem and I would consider mine mediocore in weight.
Cold chills on my arms….TRUE STORY: bought Royal Velvet Brand @JC Penney [email protected] beautiful sheer gauzy ‘Lantana’ 84″ panels for approx $5.00 EACH two evenings ago. Wanted to hang them in our Sunporch, BUT didn’t want holes, rods, etc. Too good a deal to pass up and hoping i could find a way to use em’ and too busy to really think about it since purchased. I subscribe to your blog and opened shortly ago and saw ‘drop cloth’ post. MADE MY DAY AND YOU ARE BRILLIANT doesn’t to justice to tell you how thrilled I am. PERFECT TIMING…..I just cannot stop smiling. The entire room is windows and your idea is PERFECT. WOW, thank you so very much for sharing. Blessings and Warm Regards, Lesa
Wonderful Lesa! Totally meant to be.
Great idea. Looks better this way. I’m going to try it on my bay window with panels I made.
Rhoda @ Southern Hospitality
Debbie, thanks for sharing my link! That was the only thing I could come up with in a hurry for those bay windows & it worked out great. Your windows look super nice too, those hooks you found are perfect.
You’re Welcome Rhoda! I thought it was a brilliant idea and I was happy to see it on your blog.
Great idea for my porch! Thank you!