How to use command hooks for curtains
Are you looking for “How to use command hooks for curtains” Curtains are a great way to add charm to any home? They can be purely decorative, or they can be used to block out the light. Many landlords do not allow renters to drill holes in walls, which is necessary to install curtain rod hooks. Luckily, it’s still possible to install curtain rods with Command Hooks.
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The first part of three (command hooks for curtains):
Marking and cleaning the wall
1. Purchase 2 to 3 Command Hooks curtain rods to match your curtain rod. These hooks are specially designed for hanging curtains. They come in metallic finishes and you can find them alongside other command hooks.  You will need 1 hook for each side of your window frame and another for the middle.
- If your window is narrow, you might be able to get away with just 2 command hooks.
- If you can’t find Command Hooks curtain rods, purchase the largest size you can find with the highest weight limit. Make sure the hook part is big enough for the pole.
2. Wipe the wall above the window frame with alcohol. You don’t have to wipe the entire wall, just a rectangle that goes 10 to 15 cm above the frame and 3 to 6 inches (7.6 to 15.2 cm) from each side of the frame. To do this, use a soft cloth or a paper towel soaked in alcohol.
- Do not use other cleaning products as they may contain oils that may prevent the hooks from sticking to the wall.
- Rubbing alcohol can remove a thin layer of paint. This shouldn’t be visible in the end, but it may stain the cloth.
3. Use a pencil to mark on the wall where you want to place the Command Hooks. Place the command hook on the wall where you want it and trace the top, bottom, and side edges with a pencil. Place all hooks 10 to 15 cm above the frame. Hold 2 hooks 3 to 6 inches (7.6 to 15.2 cm) outside the frame and 1 hook in the middle.
4. Cut off the top of the hooks if they are too long. Place your command hook on the wall where you made the marks. If the top of the hook gets in the way and is hitting the ceiling, crown, or ledge, cut it off with a saw, dermal, or bolt cutters.
- Sand down any jagged edges with fine sandpaper or a metal file.
- Don’t cut the actual hook part. Cut only the rectangular or oval shape that the hook is attached.
The second part of three (command hooks for curtains):
Assembly of the hooks
1. Remove the red liner and press it against the back of the hook. Open the package with the command hooks and find the tape. Find the side that is red, then peel off the liner. Once you have the liner out, press it against the back of the hook.
- If the liner isn’t color-coded, look for the word “hook” and peel off that side instead.
- Some adhesive strips have small pull tabs that are used to remove the adhesive from the wall. Make sure this tab is protruding from the bottom of the hook.
2. Remove the black liner and press it against the wall for 30 seconds. If the liner of your hook is not color-coded, look for the side that says “Wall”. Peel off the liner and press the hook against the wall, right between your pencil marks. Hold the hook firmly against the wall for 30 seconds.
- Make sure the hook is oriented correctly. The hook should be pointing down with the tip curved up.
3. Slide the hook off the base and press the base against the wall if necessary. Some types of command hooks will slide out of the base you attached the adhesive strip to. Slide the hook up to reveal the rectangular base. Press the base firmly against the wall for 30 seconds, then slide the hook base into position.
- Skip this step if you’re using a simple hook that won’t slide off the base.
4. Repeat the process for the other hooks. You need another hook on the other side of the window. If using a large and/or heavy curtain rod, install a third hook midway between the 2 outer hooks. Don’t jump ahead and hang up the curtain rod.
5. Give the hook 1 hour to tie itself to the wall. During this time, the glue will bond to the wall. Don’t be impatient and hang the curtain rod before the lesson is up or the hooks will fall off. [8th]
6. Place the curtain rod on the hooks. You can now hang your curtain on the rod. How you do this depends on the type of curtain you are using. For example, some curtains slide right onto the rod, while others need to be secured with curtain rings or tabs.
Part three of three (command hooks for curtains):
Paint Command Hook
1. Wipe the hook with alcohol. This is very important as any oil will prevent the paint from sticking. It will also remove any sanding dust when you cut off the hook. Simply soak a cotton ball in alcohol and then wipe the exterior surface.
- You should do this even if you just took the hook out of the box.
- You don’t have to wipe the back of the hook because you won’t be painting it.
2. Wrap the painter’s tape around the hook area. Painting the entire hook on your wall will show the hook on the curtain rod. Masking off the hook part will leave the original color and help it blend into the rod. Tear off a piece of tape, then wrap it around the hook area of your command hook. Stop when you reach the rectangle or oval where the hook is attached.
3. Coat the hook with a paint primer designed for plastic surfaces. You can brush or spray on the type of primer. When using the spray method, work in a well-ventilated area and cover your work surface with a sheet of newspaper. Before using, shake the can and hold it a few inches from the surface. Allow the paint to dry before proceeding.
- Make sure you use a primer designed for plastic surfaces. If the primer doesn’t stick, the paint won’t stick either.
4. Paint the hook a color that matches your wall. You can use spray paint for this, but it would be easier to match the hook to the wall with interior wall paint. Use a small brush to apply the color in neat, overlapping rows. Let the paint dry and add a second coat if it’s thin or streaky.
- When using spray paint, be sure to paint on a piece of newspaper in a well-ventilated area. Use a side-to-side swinging motion.
- If you live in a rental unit, ask your landlord for replacement paint. Apply the paint with a brush.
5. Once the paint dries, peel off the tape. Make sure you pull the tape straight up and away from the hook. Do not pull over the painted part of the hook or you risk breaking the paint. If you get a few chips in the paint, fill them in with a small pointed brush and some spare paint.
6. Allow the paint to cure if necessary. Whether or not the paint cures depends on the type of paint you are using. Most spray paints are ready to use once they have dried. This should only take 15 to 20 minutes. However, many interior wall paints have a curing time in addition to a drying time. Check the label on your paint can.
- Do not use the hooks if the paint feels sticky. It hasn’t healed yet. If you use the hooks before the paint has cured, it may peel off.
7. Use the hooks. Once the paint has dried and cured, the hooks are ready to use. There is no need to seal them because they are not heavily used. In fact, sealing the hooks can damage any metallic surface.
- The base of the finished hook will match your wall and the hook will match your curtain rod.