4 Ways to Safely Mount a Wire Curtain Rod

  • Beginner

When you're hanging up a curtain you are faced with many choices from using a wire curtain rod to something more rugged. Depending on your wall a wire curtain rod may be too heavy. Knowing how to safely mount a wire curtain rod is important and the following article will share some tips on how to do so.

1. Nails

    Using nails can be risky. A wire curtain rod may not be as heavy as others but once you add the curtain it will have to carry more weight and, as a result, so do the nails. If the wall is covered in drywall or plaster you may wind up faced with a very messy and expensive curtain install. The weight of the curtain on the wire curtain rod could cause the nails to rip out of the wall bringing chunks of drywall with it. If you insist on using nails then do so through the studs only. Make sure the nails are long enough to penetrate the stud.

    2. Less Pressure

      The weight of the curtain on the wire curtain rod can cause damage. You have to realize that the weight is always present. When you open the curtain you're adding more pressure to the curtain rod while at the same time creating added strain on the nail or other fastener. The weight may not cause it to rip out of the wall right away. You can help the wire curtain rod stay in place by relieving some of the pressure of the curtain. You do this by installing a curtain runner at the top of the window and above the wire curtain rod.

      Drape a piece of fabric to make it look nice. What no one will see is the piece of fishing line tied to the wire curtain rod, pulled tight and tied to the fixture above which the runner will cover. Using three small hooks (one in the center and two at each end) above the curtain rod with a fishing line on each will relieve much of the strain.

      3. Screws

        The curtain rod has to sit on two “J” hooks and the hooks have to be attached to the wall. Using screws, as explained above, is tricky and not very secure. The other obvious solution is to use screws as they grip the wall when they are installed. This is a great idea but is not without its flaws. If the wall is covered in drywall then you need to use drywall screws.

        Using a countersink is also a good idea to protect the wall from being damaged by the screw. Other materials, like wood, should have pilot holes drilled first and then the screws installed. And, as usual, make sure they are installed in a stud.

        4. Metal Plates

          The purpose of a metal plate is to alleviate weight. Essentially the plate is installed along the path of the wire curtain rod. The hooks are either added later or are attached to the plate. They offer one large and continuous support system with multiple holes to install across several studs.