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You can’t say you’ve lived a full college life if you’ve never experienced spending long hours at night studying and waking up late the next day.

Waking up at 10 AM is fine as long as you don’t have classes in the morning—and you have decent curtains that block the bright sunshine. The problem is, a lot of dorm rooms do not have pre-installed curtain brackets nor do they allow holes to be drilled anywhere.

But you don’t have to worry. There are plenty of ways to hang curtains in a dorm room without having to be fined. Here are five workarounds to hanging curtains in a dorm room.

Adhesive Command Hooks

Purchasing command hooks is no trouble at all. They’re easily available online or through your local hardware store. These hooks are easy to install. First, you need to wipe off the wall surface.

Then, peel off the protective layer from the adhesive strip and place a command hook on each side of the window. Make sure you press the hooks for at least 30 seconds for it to stick well.

You can then lay a curtain rod or nylon cord across both hooks. Keep in mind though that you may have to place a third hook in the middle in case you will be using a nylon cord. This prevents the curtains from sagging in the middle.

One thing to take note of is the weight capacity of the hooks. The command hooks come in different styles and sizes which could affect the weight capacity.

Command Hooks can be removed easily without leaving marks or adhesive traces on the wall. Additional adhesive strips are also included which allows you to transfer the hooks to other places.

Ceiling Hooks

These hooks are very much similar to command hooks and use the same adhesive strip. The only difference is that these hooks are installed on the ceiling instead of the window trim. This is particularly helpful for dorm rooms with windows that extend up to the ceiling.

Bonus Tip: You can also use ceiling hooks if you want to use a curtain as a room divider since you are not limited to placing the hooks on just the wall.

The only downside of ceiling hooks is its lower weight capacity compared to command hooks. This can be remedied by applying additional ceiling hooks.

No Drill Curtain Rod Brackets

These brackets were invented by a company called Kwik-Hang. These brackets do not require any drilling to be done on the walls and can be set up in seconds. The brackets have pins that you can hammer on to your window trim. These brackets can carry a significantly higher weight than adhesive hooks.

There are a few downsides, however. These brackets can only be installed on wooden window trims. They also punch small holes on the window trim, but the holes are placed in an inconspicuous location.

Tension Rods

These curtain rods are adjusted to fit between two walls or the space between the window trim. This means these rods can’t be installed if there’s no space in the window frame. Tension rods rely on center springs to keep it in place. The good thing about tension rods is you no longer have to purchase brackets or hooks for it to be supported and they are also very easy to install.

Since there’s no adhesive or permanent fixture, tension rods can’t support heavy loads. Also, a strong pull on the curtains may cause the tension rod to be dislodged. Over time, the tension may grow weaker and you’d be surprised to see your curtains on the floor, so it’s always good to check or readjust the tension rod from time to time.

It’s important to note that mounting tension rods between the window trim means the curtains do not cover the window entirely.

Twist and Fit Rods

Twist and fit rods work similarly with tension rods except they have brackets on both ends which provide a tighter fit. The brackets allow the twist and fit rods to support more weight. They also fix more securely and drop less frequently.

One drawback is its price. Twist and fit rods tend to be more than twice as expensive as tension rods. And just like tension rods, mounting these rods between the window trim may leave a gap that allows light to peer through.

These five ways allow you to hang curtains in a dorm room without having to drill any holes. Make sure to check which one is best for your curtains or dorm room windows. And while we’re at it, here are some other tips we can share.

Tips on How to Hang Curtains in a Dorm Room

  • Match your curtains with your window and curtain rods. Make sure that your curtains are wider than your window by at least eight inches. If you would be using hooks, make sure to mount them a few inches beyond the window frame. The goal is for the curtains to cover a bit more area on the sides so the sunlight won’t peer through.
  • Hang the rods higher than the window by at least four inches. Hanging the curtains high makes the window look taller. It also gives you more allowance should you buy long curtains in the future.
  • It’s perfectly fine to let the curtains touch the floor or form slight puddling at the bottom. If you don’t want the fabric getting dirty at the bottom, you can leave a gap of an inch or less.
  • Choose a suitable fabric for the weight limit of the mounting application you would use. Command and ceiling hook packages indicate the weight limit they are designed to carry. One way to lighten the load would be to use nylon strings instead of curtain rods. Be sure to tighten them properly to avoid sagging your curtains.
  • Measure properly. You don’t want to waste your time adjusting misaligned curtain rods. Try using a measuring tool or a cardboard template to measure the areas where the hooks or rods are to be mounted. Mark the measurements with a pencil to ensure the accuracy of placement.

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