Pets.ca - Pet forum for dogs cats and humans 

-->

home improvement help

raingirl
May 13th, 2005, 03:02 PM
Some of you might recall I'm having trouble dressing our large window in our living room. It faces south west and gets so much sun during the day, that our AC is virtually ineffective. We need to put black out curtains up.

So..I finally found a curtain rod system that is long enough (101 inches is how wide the window is). It is from Ikea. My mom gave me the curtain rod as she had no use for it, and IT FIT! Yay!

Problem is...it's too heavy and sags. Because the window goes all the way to the ceiling, there is no where to put a fitting in the middle of the window.

any ideas? I looked all over Ikea, and their fittings for this curtain rod only can be attached to vertical walls, not horizontal ceilings. In fact, no one sells any kind of rod that attaches to the ceiling!!

The only thing I can think of is bending the fitting between where it attaches to the wall the the rods, so it is like a "z"

http://www.ikea.com/webapp/wcs/stores/servlet/ProductDisplay?storeId=3&langId=-15&catalogId=10101&productId=10839

Sneaky2006
May 13th, 2005, 03:09 PM
If you got something like this, you couldn't screw it into the ceiling where the holes are?
It's just a regular window hardware, but I think if you put it upside down it would work.

raingirl
May 13th, 2005, 03:28 PM
It might work, but it wouldn't be all that secure and the rods might roll off. That's what I would be concerned about.

Prin
May 13th, 2005, 04:42 PM
Is it just the middle hook you're worried about? Or all of them? If it's just the middle one, you wouldn't have to worry about it slipping off as the two end ones would still hold it up.

dmc123
May 13th, 2005, 05:19 PM
Not sure if I am thinking correctly on what you need, but did some google searching. Here's what I found:

"Center Supports are metal grips used to support traverse rods or vertical blind tracks from above. It helps prevent the rod from sagging in the middle, but does not interfere with the operation of the rod or blinds."

This link has them at the bottom of the page: http://store.yahoo.com/swags-galore/specbracbayw.html

another, the third item over, looks like it could be mounted from the ceiling:
http://doityourself.com/store/brackets.htm

Good luck,
Diane

raingirl
May 13th, 2005, 08:59 PM
Prin, true, I didn't think abou that. It's something to consider.

Dianne, those are what we have. You see how they bend so you attach them vertically. I looked at the other link but nothing would be suitable.

I think I will just have to find some kind of hook think like Sneaky suggested and screw it to the ceiling.

What also sucks is the ceiling is a popcorn ceiling, so plaster goes everywhere when we drill into it!