Here I show you how you can hang curtains without drilling holes by fixing a curtain pole to a wooden batten. The batten is first glued using Sticks-Like-Sh*t, then the pole is attached to that.
I’ve fitted a few curtain poles with my husband over the past few years. I’m usually holding the spirit level while he likes to take over. And normally, we’ve only ever had issues with using the right plasterboard fittings.
But a few days ago, I started drilling with my combi drill on a hammer drill setting with HSS bits. However, I just couldn’t do it and didn’t know if it was just me being weak.
Then my husband took over and he found it impossible too. And we soon realised we must have hit the steel lintel. As we don’t have an SDS drill and my Dad’s is too far away to borrow, it beat us both.
But as we were using curtains we already had, we didn’t want the hassle of shortening them. And as they are very lightweight, we wondered about gluing a wooden batten for the curtain pole instead.
And the grab adhesive that first came to mind was one that is often recommended to me. And that is Evo-Stick’s Sticks Like Sh*t.
So I’m going to show you how I hung a curtain pole without drilling.
How to Put Up a Curtain Pole With a Wooden Batten
First, you’ll need your batten. Mine was 65mm deep and slightly wider than the windows for my curtain pole brackets.
However, I only used off cuts I had for this and didn’t have a strip long enough. So I cut another piece to glue together to get my right length.
If you have one long perfectly straight length, then that’s great! I wasn’t as fussed as I need to use up off cuts and it won’t be at eye level.
So to glue my batten together, I used Bostik’s Fix and Flash which was gifted from an old unpaid craft challenge.
MARK WHERE YOU WANT YOUR POLE BATTEN
If you don’t need to do this, then obviously measuring and marking with a pencil and spirit level as usual is fine. Then do your usual predrilling with a masonry drill bit and use rawl plugs for bricked walls.
If you have plasterboard, then you’ll need strong plasterboard fittings.
But above, I’m measuring where I wanted my pole using a scrap piece of card of half the depth of my batten. This is because we’d already marked where our pole was going to do due to the length of our curtains. Then drew a straight line from this with a spirit level.
MARK YOUR CENTRE POINT
Now you’ll need to measure and mark the centre point on your batten and one dead centre above your window.
You can see ours in the 2nd picture above.
HAMMER IN TACS
While coving, I learnt a great tip to hammer in tack nails along the pencil line. This was, it’ll prop up the batten for you while the glue sets overnight.
Don’t worry about the holes. You can fill them later when caulking along the bottom of the wood.
Make sure you have 1 tack about every 30cm.
Here it how it looks while propped up before I glued. It may be a good idea to check one more time that your pole will be high or low enough for your curtain.
Why, you ask? Because later I had to raise my brackets slightly the next day and fill in old screw holes.
WILL “STICKS LIKE SH*T” HOLD A CURTAIN POLE?
Now, in case you’re wondering regarding weight, our pole is one of the cheaper B&Q ones and it’s extendable. And because so many people recommended “Sticks Like Sh*t”, I had to try.
Once I applied, it didn’t stick instantly, hence where the tack nails come in handy. It also requires 24 hours to fully cure. But once set, I attempted to push it and it was incredibly tough.
I suspect it sets like a really tough rubber and it holds the curtain pole, including our curtains. I will of course update you if it fails, but I don’t think for one second it’s going anywhere.
HOW TO APPLY “STICKS LIKE SH*T”
It’s not essential to apply Sticks Like Sh*t to both surfaces. It can be applied on painted surfaces too.
Ensure both surfaces are dust free and here’s where I applied in a wiggle fashion from top to bottom.
Then push where you want it and leave to cure for 24 hours. Although I left mine for about 16 and it was good to go.
PAINTING YOUR BATTEN
With my batten being an MDF off cut, you can buy MDF sealer. However, I skipped this step and painted with two coats of the same wall paint instead.
Now it blends in. If you have a primer, then great. But I knew this part wouldn’t be touched or knocked.
Then repeat the same marking and measuring for your curtain pole, then pre drill and screw to the batten.
CAULKING TO FINISH
To help your batten blend in to the wall even more, I used Painters Mate. It’s similar to caulk but is flexible. I thought this was perfect for something glued to the wall.
Apply with a caulking gun and run over with a wet finger or damp cloth.
Then leave it for an hour, then paint over it with your wall paint and that’s it!
How to Put Up a Curtain Pole Batten with Grab Adhesive
- caulking gun
- Paint brush
- 1 wooden batten for your length and deep enough to hold screws.
- Sticks Like Sh*t grab adhesive
- Tack pins/ nails
- Paint same colour as your wall
- Measure and mark the centre of your window on the wall and the batten.
- Find where you want to hang your curtains and drawer a straight line where your curtain pole needs to be with a spirit level.
- Then draw a line of where the bottom of your batten needs to be.
- Hammer in tack pins along the bottom pencil line, every 30cm. Now you can use this as a shelf to keep your batten in place on the wall while it sets.
- Ensure the batten and wall are dust free, then apply Sticks Like Sh*t to the batten in wavy line, then press it on the wall where you want it, resting on the pins.
- Leave overnight to set. Then remove the pins and go over around the edges closest to the wall and caulk or Painters Mate. Fill in the pin nail holes too. Remove excess with a wet finger or damp cloth.
- Leave to dry for an hour and paint twice with your wall paint to blend in. You may need a 3rd coat for coverage.
- Then fix your pole the wooden batten by predrilling and screwing the fittings, then you can hang your curtains!