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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.

Brian Patrick Flynn, Decor Demon

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.

Attach T-Connectors to Threaded Pipe

Fasten T-connectors to the ends of two threaded pipes. These are important to ensure proper weight distribution for longer pipes, which could sag once drapery rings and panels are added.

Add Threaded Nipples to T-connectors

Connect threaded nipples to the open threaded ends of T-connectors until tight. Tip: Threaded nipples are needed to attach various plumbing hardware pieces to each another. It's important to account for how many are needed while still at the home improvement store. Without the proper number of threaded nipples, most pieces cannot be attached to one another.

Attach Metal Flanges to Galvanized Metal Nipples

With the threaded nipples attached to the T-connectors, add the flanges. Screw in place by hand until tight.

Slide on Drapery Rings

Count how many drapery rings are needed, depending on where they will be placed in relation to the threaded pipe. Slide drapery rings into place.

Add Galvanized Metal Elbows

In order to connect each section of the drapery hardware system to another, elbows must be attached. With all the drapery rings in place, screw elbows to the ends of threaded pipe, then attach each section.

Install Hardware System

With all threaded pipes and elbows tight and in place, and with the help of a friend, raise the hardware system into place by standing on a ladder. Using the chalk marks on the ceiling as a guide, attach each flange to the ceiling using drywall screws drilled directly into joists.

Add Drapery Hooks

Add hooks to the tops of each drapery panel, then insert inside drapery rings.

Check the Break

Once all panels are hung, ensure an even, consistent break along the floor.

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