How to Hang Curtains on Brick Wall

You may have heard of curtains over brick walls. However, it may seem like an odd design, but learning how to hang curtains on brick walls actually has its own perks. It may not be effortless at first, but installing them would be a breeze once you know which tools to use.

 

An exposed brick wall can bring a lot of character to a particular space. It is a fantastic way to add a bit of texture and life to the design. However, some practical occasions like the presence of a window might call for some hole-drilling duties.

 

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Choosing the right fastener

One of the most prominent issues when dealing with brick walls is that it can be quite tricky to find a fastener or anchor that sticks to the walls. Some types of metal anchors can damage the brick wall.

 

Fortunately, there are brick anchor fasteners that can help you hang an item to any brick or mortar joints in a brick wall. Since brick has hollow spaces, you need an anchor with an appropriate holding value even in these small spaces.

 

Once you have the suitable anchors to use, we can start installing the curtain brackets and rods.

 

Step 1: Measuring

Take your measuring tape and determine where you want your brackets to go. You may want to place your rod brackets at one to three inches above the window’s edge. You can always go for a higher placement, but it may not look too good in specific spaces.

 

When covering an exposed wall, you can use the top of the brick walls as a guide to figure out where to mount your curtain rod. Make sure that you have a rod long enough to cover the entire thing.

 

Step 2: Drilling

Use a marker to mark the positions of the screw holes on the brick walls. Position your brackets at the top of the brick wall or the desired height above the window. Use a 5/32 inch carbide-tipped drill bit and attach it to your drill.

 

Create the pilot holes at each mark and ensure that it runs at least ¼ inch further than the length of your masonry screws. Be careful not to puncture all the way through. 

 

Step 3: Mounting

Take your mounting bracket and position its screw holes over the pilot holes on the brick wall. Using a Phillips head drill bit, drive a 3/16 inch flat head masonry screw through the brick wall and secure the bracket in place. Do the same until you have mounted all the brackets.

 

Step 4: Hang your curtains

Get your curtains and prop them onto the rod. Place the final pieces and position the rod on top of the brackets. Adjust the curtain as much as you like until you are satisfied with its results. You can use the same drilling instructions to install metal holdbacks at the window sides.

Tips

  1. When drilling through the brick, make sure to apply more pressure than you would when drilling through wooden walls. 
  2. Don’t forget to wear your safety glasses and earplugs since it can be a noisy and messy job. 
  3. If you are unsure of the straightness of the bracket’s alignment with each other, you can use a laser level or just a regular level. Do this while marking the positions of the screw to ensure that you don’t hang crooked curtain rods.
  4. After drilling the pilot holes, vacuum the dust to help the screws hold their place.

What curtains go on brick walls?

Now that we know how to hang curtains on brick walls, we can look at some curtain options to choose from. Although brick walls may look fantastic, let’s admit that they definitely fit a particular type of style. You can’t just pair brick walls with any colored curtain.

 

When you hear the term “brick,” you might automatically visualize a classic combination of white and red or light gray and red. However, interior design innovations have reinvented brick colors to suit modern-day designs.

 

In fact, lighter-colored bricks are a part of modern interior designs. You can easily compliment them with light color palettes such as salmon and pale pink. Painted brick walls are much easier to work with since you can customize the wall’s color to go with pretty much any colored curtain. 

 

When hanging curtains on brick walls, make sure that you follow a color scheme that matches the other furniture, such as the sofa, table, and cabinets. Look for bold color and select a curtain that integrates the brick wall into the room. 

 

If you have classic dark red brick walls, try hanging a set of bright white curtains to lighten up those darker elements. Using complementing colors can also help pull the room together and create a harmonious, unified look.

 

Summary

You can’t deny the fact that brick walls definitely bring a little something to the table. It adds texture to a dull and boring room and even gives it character. Even though hanging a painting or curtain can be quite tricky, the result is undoubtedly worth the effort.

 

Besides, once you know how to hang curtains on brick walls, you can pretty much apply the same basic concepts to suspend different kinds of items. Just know which types of fasteners to use and the kind of equipment that can penetrate through the material.

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Easy Window Curtains: How to Make Your Own Without Sewing

Window treatments can be expensive, but luckily there are many ways to save money on your window curtains. This article will show you how to make your own without sewing!

 

Steps on Make Curtains Without Sewing

Step 1. Buy fabric and a rod that matches the size of your window. You will also need to buy some pins, an ironing board, scissors, measuring tape or ruler, and something to make a hem (such as thread).

Step 2. Measure how wide your curtains should be by adding two inches on either side for hems. The height should be the length of your window.

Step 3. Buy one yard of fabric for every panel that you want to make (e.g., if you are making three panels, buy three yards). Also, measure how wide and long your curtains should be by adding two inches on either side to account for hems. The height will depend on how many windows and how long your panels are.

Step 4. Cut the fabric to size for each panel of curtains and hem any edges that need it by folding over once, ironing flat, then pressing with a hot iron. You can leave them raw if you want an unfinished look which is what I did here.

Step 5. Take one piece at a time and pin it to the top of your window, leaving room on either side for how wide you want it and hemming.

Step 6. Begin sewing around the perimeter with a straight stitch, moving from left to right or right to left. You can use an overcast stitch if you have thicker fabric that needs more support. Be sure not to sew past where your panel ends.

Step 7. Repeat with the remaining panels and leave your curtains open until it’s time to hang them up!

 

How to Wash Curtains

  • Wash in cold water on the delicate cycle and dry flat. You can also take care of light stains by spritzing with a stain remover or vinegar before washing.
  • For more stubborn stains, soak the curtains in water mixed with a little detergent and stain remover for 30 minutes before washing.
  • To remove dust, vacuum the curtains or shake outside.
  • Avoid washing your curtain with a load of towels as it could fray or cause shrinkage in some fabrics.

 

How to Hang Curtains

Hanging your curtains can be as simple or elegant as you want them to be.

Hangers: You can use a variety of hangers for different looks, including plastic sticks in shower clips, clear clothespins, and fabric loops.

Rods: Basic curtain rods are perfect with most fabrics but if you have heavier fabrics, use a metal rod.

Hooks: Hang hooks at the top of your window frame, then simply hang your curtains over them.

Rod Pocket Cords: You can use these to hang your curtains without sewing. They provide a cleaner, more finished look and they’re good for heavier fabrics that won’t stay on regular hooks.

Tiebacks/Cord Loops: These are great for short windows with no rods or if you don’t want the hassle of installing anything else. Just tie them to the top corners of the panel.

Ropes: Use these if you’re looking for a more natural look and feel. You can attach them to your window frame with eye hooks, then hang your panels over them in any way that works best for you (hanging one on each side or hanging both from one side).

Tension Rods: These are best for short windows. Just place the rods on any side of your window, then hang one curtain over them and use a tension rod to keep it in place (you’ll need two).

 

How to Preserve Curtains to last long

Hang your curtains in a way that they won’t touch the floor or ground. This will ensure you don’t have to replace them because of mold growth.

Wash your curtain at least once every three months with water and detergent, then hang it outside for some fresh air before storing it away again (you can also use a dryer sheet).

Store your curtains at room temperature in an area with good air circulation.

If you’re storing it away for the wintertime, make sure to put them in a sealed plastic bag or container that will keep bugs out. Make sure to give them time before using them again by airing them out outdoors.

 

The Benefits of Window Curtains

  1. They’re a great way to get privacy in your home without taking down the curtains. Privacy helps keep both sunlight and light from outside sources out, which can help you sleep better at night by reducing how much artificial light is spilling into your bedroom.
  2. Window treatments add an elegant touch to your home. Curtains are a great way to liven up any room in the house or can be chosen for how they coordinate with the colors of your furniture and other decor pieces that you have.
  3. They’re also an easy way to change the feel of your windows without having to spend too much money! Window treatments can be swapped out with the seasons, to add a festive feel during the holiday season.
  4. Curtains are also an easy way to make any room in your home more inviting and welcoming!

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