Asked on Nov 29, 2020

How to hang curtain rod over sliding door frame?

Becky at Flipping the FlipLindsay AratariBetsy


We are trying to hang an anchor over our sliding balcony door and the toggle bolt will not go in all the way, like there is a piece of the frame in the way?

10 answers
  • Annie
    on Nov 29, 2020

    You might be trying to drill into the wooden header above the door. Do you have an electric drill you can use?

  • GrandmasHouseDIY
    on Nov 29, 2020

    I tend to agree with the first comment. If you have a drill you can purchase a drill bit to drill out the hole before trying to get that bolt in further.

  • Cheryl A
    Cheryl A
    on Nov 29, 2020

    you could go a little further out if there is a stud or something in your way it will make the door look wider

    on Nov 29, 2020

    Are you using hollow wall anchors? You will need to if there isn’t studs behind the drywall.

  • If you are hitting wood, you won't need an anchor.

  • Flipturn
    on Nov 29, 2020

    Yes, there is most likely a metal portion of the door frame in the way.

    You will need to get a drill bit robust enough to penetrate through both the wood trim and the metal frame portion, to drill the hole for the mounting hardware.

    Next, you will require either a metal toggle, or a metal plug (also called an anchor) to fit the size of the hole that has been drilled.

    If there is nothing, just space, behind the metal frame when you drill the hole, then you will need a metal toggle (first picture below).

    If you hit wood again behind the metal frame, then what you will need is a metal plug, (second picture below).

  • Sharon
    on Nov 30, 2020

    It could well be the wooden header above the door opening,, drill a smaller pilot hole than the screws for the hardware. Toggle bolt is only used in drywall where there is nothing backing it.

  • Betsy
    on Nov 30, 2020

    Hi Marnie: Sounds like it. You may have to move your rod over about 2 inches. The sliding door has a metal frame to hold it in really good :)

  • Lindsay Aratari
    Lindsay Aratari
    on Nov 30, 2020

    Maybe try moving the rod over a bit

  • Most likely yes, there's header framing above the door. You can screw directly into it with longer screws. Look up "how to frame a door" and you'll see how it's built.

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