How to Make a Wire Curtain Rod

  • 2-4 hours
  • Intermediate
  • 50-150
What You'll Need
Cable wire (at least 14 gauge, more for longer widths or heavier curtains; preferably plastic coated)
Two turnbuckles
Wire or cable cutters
Screw in hooks
Wire rope clips
Measuring tape

You can easily make and install a wire curtain rod anywhere you may need a curtain. Wire curtain rods are particularly helpful as they can cover wider than normal expanses, and can be secured very close to the ceiling, which makes this method of hanging draperies or fabric ideal when trying to create create a doorway or partition between rooms or spaces, or simply as a decorative wall hanging to soften the walls. Cable curtain rods can accommodate just about any type of curtain, whether it has a traditional sleeve at the top, grommets, tabs, or even using simple ring clips. Here you will find information on the supplies and process needed to install your own wire curtain rod.

Step 1 - Measure and Cut

First, use the tape measure to measure the space from the first anchor point to the other. Add 8 inches to this measurement, to give some allowance for finishing the cable ends. Cut the cable using the cable cutters. Many home improvement stores will cut the needed length from large spools at the store. It may be more sensible to measure first, then buy your cable.

Step 2 - Install Anchors

Install the anchors in the wall where the cable rod will be attached. The longer the cable and heavier the burden, the heftier the anchors should be. For large or very long cables, mushroom anchors are ideal.

Step 3 - Install Hooks

Install the screw-in hooks in the anchors. Make sure that the hook has a very secure grip in the anchor, as it will be under constant tension and pulling. It can easily be pulled out of the wall. If the hooks can be installed in a wooden stud, this is ideal.

Step 4 - Prepare Cable

Make a loop at one end of the cable, and use the cable clips to secure the end to the length of the cable. Sometimes, using several slips can help to ensure the cable is well secured and will not slip or accidentally release, which could be dangerous. Attach one of the turnbuckles to the end of the cable, and the other end to one of the installed hooks. Stretch the cable across the space and determine where the loop needs to be made on the other end. Keep in mind that the other end will have a turnbuckle on it as well. The cable should be taught enough that has steady tension, and isn't easily movable. Don't however make it so short that it's can't be attached. The turnbuckle can be used to fine tune the length. Once you determine where in the cable the other loop should be, secure the cable end to the length of of cable wire with more cable clips.

Step 5 - Attach Turnbuckle

Attach the other turnbuckle to the loose end of the cable. Attach the turnbuckle to the other hook. Tighten the turnbuckle until the cable is taught, and there is very little play in the cable when you push down on the cable.