If you are renting your house or having some freshly wallpapered or painted walls, you might be planning to install blackout shades in your home without drilling holes in the walls. These no-drill window shade ideas help you mount curtains without damaging your woodwork or walls. From adhesive hooks and tension rods to magnetic rods and so on, there are several ways of hanging house-friendly window shades without rod installation. With these ideas for mounting blackout shades without drilling, your new window coverings can block out sunlight while adding style and personality to your home and saving your walls.
What Are Adhesive Blackout Shades?
Adhesive blackout shades are temporary shades that can be stuck simply to a window for quick privacy. This adhesive solution, which gives privacy to any space, does not need the window shades to be mounted using any permanent or lasting effects like mounting brackets or drilling holes. With adhesive blackout shades, you just have to peel off the adhesive tape to expose the sticky area present on the shade and press it against the wall where you would want to install the blackout shade. These shades are capable of offering both privacy and a complete black-out effect.
How To Mount Blackout Shades With Adhesive Hooks?
- Buy adhesive hooks that can firmly bear the weight of your blackout shades. Adhesive hooks are available in various weight capacities and you should ensure that these hooks hold your shades as well as mounting rod not letting them fall.
- Draw and cut out a square that is at least two inches wide and two inches long at the corner of a cardboard piece using scissors.
- Cut out a right angle from a cardboard piece. Place the cardboard in alignment with the window corner. Mark the bottom of a hook on it. The window’s corner should be aligned with the right angle that is cut out of the cardboard. Keep one of the adhesive hooks on the cardboard where it is to be hung and using a pencil, mark the bottom of it on the cardboard.
- Insert a pencil through the marking on the cardboard for marking the wall. Let the cardboard be aligned with the window corner while puncturing it using a pencil. The marking on the wall should be directly behind the marking on the cardboard.
- Flip the cardboard and mark the same spot on the other corner of the window. Let the right angle on the cardboard align with the window’s other side. Using a pencil, make a marking through the hole you had created in it earlier.
- Align the adhesive hooks with the markings and keep them pressed in for thirty seconds. Peel off the adhesive strip present at the back of the hooks and keep them firmly pressed onto the wall so that the markings made are aligned with the bottom of the hooks.
- Let the adhesive present on the hooks dry for at least half-hour as the adhesive requires time for drying before it is secure. And, if you try hanging the blackout shades too soon on the hooks, they may fall down.
- Place the mounting rod on the hooks and check how well it holds. The mounting rod must balance very well on the adhesive hooks. If it tilts or slides in a single direction, then the adhesive hooks might not be present at one level. In that case, try removing one of the adhesive hooks and check if the marks are present at a level.
- Install your blackout shades onto the mounting rod and then hang it up. Lower the blackout shades and allow them to sit for an hour to ensure the adhesive hooks can hold the weight of the shades as well as the rod.
In A Nutshell
It is always amazing to move into a new house and begin dreaming of ways to decorate. However, if you are living in a rented home, you may have to be careful about the walls. Nail holes made here and there are easy to patch, however, if you are planning to dress up your windows with blinds and shades while avoiding drilling of holes, you will have to look for alternative ways to install them.
Disclaimer: Please follow these instructions at your own risk. ZebraBlinds takes no liability for any issues or damages caused through following DIY methods. Since all blinds and shades are different, we always recommend checking with your blinds manufacturer or retailer first before making any modifications to your blinds. As well, if you are uncomfortable on your own, look for the help of a professional.