Add Privacy to a Sleeping Space

With just a few simple steps, you can add floor-to-ceiling draperies to a bed using galvanized metal plumbing supplies.

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Materials Needed:

  • galvanized metal threaded pipe
  • galvanized metal threaded nipples
  • galvanized metal T-connectors
  • galvanized metal elbows
  • galvanized metal flanges
  • drywall screws
  • drill
  • stud finder
  • chalk
  • ladder
  • drapery rings
  • drapery hooks
  • drapery panels
  • tape measure
  • degreaser
  • damp cloth

Locate and Mark Ceiling Joists

With the bed in place, use its dimensions to determine the proper width and depth for the drapery hardware, being careful to leave enough room for the drapes to sit outside the mattress. Referring to those measurements, pick up pre-threaded pipe from a local home improvement store. Using a stud finder and referring to those dimensions, locate proper placement of the joists within the ceiling, then mark the ceiling with chalk. In order for the hardware to remain structurally sound against the ceiling, the hardware must be drilled up into joists.

Measure for Drapery Length

Measure the distance from the floor to the ceiling with a tape measure, then use those measurements to determine the length of your drapes. For exact measurements, subtract the height of the plumbing hardware (which includes the distance from the bottom of the drapery ring to the top of the flange) from the total floor-to-ceiling distance.

Clean Galvanized Metal Plumbing Hardware

Remove all grease from the plumbing hardware with a degreaser and damp cloth.

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