If you live in a home that has brick walls with windows, you might want to hang curtains over the windows. While brick gives a beautiful, rustic appeal to the home, it also makes it difficult to plan for window treatments. However, it is still possible to hang curtains and have privacy when you want it. Here are tips for hanging curtains on brick walls.
Use Concrete Screws
Concrete or cement screws are the best for hanging a curtain on a brick wall. Your curtain rod probably came with metal screws, but most likely you won't be able to use these. Instead, head over to your local hardware store for strong, concrete screws. You want your screws to be slightly longer than the curtain rod's plate bracket. This is the part that is being screwed directly into the brick.
Mark the Brick
Hold the curtain rod bracket up to the brick over the window so you can decide exactly where you want it to be hung. Use some white chalk to mark the area where you are going to use the bracket's anchor screws. The easiest way to do this is make the marks inside the holes of the bracket when you are holding up the bracket to the wall. That way, your holes will be in the perfect spot. Remember that the holes need to go in the brick, not the mortar that is holding the brick together. This is not strong enough to support screws and a curtain rod.
For the opposite side of the window, there are a few ways to get the marks exactly parallel to the first. You need them to be at the same position so your curtain rod hangs level. You can either get a tape measure and hold it from one side to the other, use a level as your guide, or measure it out vertically. Measuring vertically is typically the best method if you don't have help. Measure from your chalk marks to the floor, then go to the other side of the window and use your measurements to make marks at the right spot on the brick.
Drill the Holes
When you drill the holes for your curtain rod, you want a drill bit that is a little smaller than the size of your screw, but only slightly. After inserting the drill bit, set the drill to the hammer mode. Begin drilling the holes using the marks you made, going a little farther into the brick than the length of your screws. It helps to wear ear plugs and safety glasses, since drilling into brick is more difficult than drywall. Use your vacuum attachment to remove the dust from the holes you made.
Add the Bracket and Curtain Rod
Now that your holes are drilled, you can hang the bracket. Position the bracket so that the holes line up, and use your screw driver to insert screws into the holes. Hang the rod on the brackets and you're done. (for more info on drapery, go to http://www.sylvansdrapesandblinds.com)