Curtains on shelves?

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How do I do curtains (that I would sew) and place on these shelves so I can open them in middle or to the side? A friend suggested command hooks and a dowel but I think the dowel would fall off fairly often if I do that.

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  • Cynthia H Cynthia H on Oct 07, 2021

    Hi! How about a curved shower curtain rod? I would hang it higher so you could sweep the curtain back and forth without issues.

  • Cheryl A Cheryl A on Oct 07, 2021

    use velcro it would be easy to do and do the job it even comes in white


    • Em Em on Oct 08, 2021

      How do you slide velcro over to get to supplies? It would be a pain to pull apart every time you needed supplies.

  • William William on Oct 07, 2021

    I go for the velcro. You can easily move the curtains to the side for access. They can easily be removed for washing.

  • FrugalFamilyTimes.com FrugalFamilyTimes.com on Oct 07, 2021

    Look into a cafe rod. They surface mount really easily and you could run two across the top of the shelves

  • Redcatcec Redcatcec on Oct 07, 2021

    It looks like 2 individual units and running a rod across both will result in an uneven rod, or a difficult challenge. You'd want to make it to 1 even curtain.

    I would attach a rod to the cabinet on the right and build a structure on the left (as you are looking at it) to support a pole or a curtain rod. Go about it that way.

  • Betsy Betsy on Oct 07, 2021

    Hi Lisa: I would go with a straight tension shower curtain rod. You can either make a large opening for the rod or use some of those clip on curtain rings, which would be way easier. https://www.homedepot.com/s/curtain%2520rod%2520rings?NCNI-5Y. ou can even use 2 twin sheets for the curtains :)


    Good luck

  • Sharon Sharon on Oct 07, 2021

    Tension curtain rods.


  • Deb K Deb K on Oct 07, 2021

    Hi Lisa, make your curtains so that you can run a rod through the top, then you could use some thin rope as a rod, nail or attach at each end after you have run it through your curtains, the video shows a valence rod, but you could run laundry cord, or parachute cord in it's place

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=P_GyKBWMzDg

  • Flipturn Flipturn on Oct 07, 2021

    You are right that Command hooks and a dowel will not hold up. There are too many dissimilar and uneven surfaces that are insufficiently solid for the hooks to adhere on to.


    As for the suggestion to use tension rods, there are no solid walls on either of the end shelving units for the rods to push up against, so unfortunately, these will not work either.

  • Flipturn Flipturn on Oct 07, 2021

    Regarding the set up in the photo in Deb K's comment:

    This type of casing curtain is not easy to open or close, as it requires two hands, and results in the casing bunching up and getting stuck along the rod. I would dissuade you from attempting to going with this suggestion.

  • Flipturn Flipturn on Oct 08, 2021

    How high is the ceiling in the room?

    I am wondering if perhaps a ceiling mounted curtain rod may be an option.

    These come in several different styles. Here are two examples.


    The curtains, if hooked on, rather hung from grommets, will be easier to open and close than any curtains that have rod pockets or casings.

  • Michelle Leslie Michelle Leslie on Oct 08, 2021

    Hi Lisa, you should be able to wrap a piece of wire between the metal supports and hang your curtains from that.

  • Homeroad Homeroad on Oct 08, 2021

    I would use inexpensive shower curtains and tension rods to hold the curtain into place.

  • Rymea Rymea on Oct 08, 2021

    What you need there are swing arm rods. You would have to drill into the metal to attach them. You could put two on the middle leg one going right and another below it, going left.

    https://www.amazon.com/Urbanest-2-inch-Diameter-14-inch-24-inch

  • Mogie Mogie on Oct 08, 2021

    Tension rods would require no extra parts like velcro which can make washing more difficult.

  • Kathy Gunter Law Kathy Gunter Law on Oct 08, 2021

    A shower curtain rod would work. Another idea is cup hooks on the underside of the top and either do tabs or grommets. You would probably need to add a board on the left table top.

  • Run a strip of velcro across the top for the curtain.

    • See 1 previous
    • It won't slide, but you can have a center opening to reach in for things. I did it for craft supplies that were under a table once and it worked out fine for me.

  • Vimarhonor Vimarhonor on Oct 09, 2021

    Hello. This is my project I would build a wood box frame around it and work with installation on that.

  • I also agree with using tention curtain rods.

  • Simple Nature Decor Simple Nature Decor on Oct 11, 2021

    Do you want to hide this with curtain

  • Johnavallance82 Johnavallance82 on Oct 12, 2021

    Curtain Wires and Hooks suitable to hook onto framework!