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Installing Drapery rods on drywall w/o drilling

What is an alternative to installing drapery rods (for heavy blackout drapes) when unable to drill past metal studs behind drywall?
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Posted 2016-07-25T14:45:40+0000  by Tina1 Tina1

Hey Tina1,

Thanks for your question and welcome to the community.

The only screw-free option for drapery is the use of a tension rod. However, you can only use these on the inside of a window frame/casing or where adjoining walls can hold it (like a shower rod without brackets).

In your situation, you do have the option of using sheet metal (aka self-tapping) screws that can and will go into the metal studs beyond the drywall.

These screws would really be the only solution to successfully hang your drapery. Try to avoid the use of glue or other materials, as they most likely won't hold up and leave you with more problems than solving how to hang it.

Let us know if you have any further questions,


Posted 2016-07-25T17:26:18+0000  by Joseph_HD_ATL
Thank you, so it is safe to still drill into that stud?  The stud finder does recognize it as being a stud.
Posted 2016-07-25T19:35:26+0000  by Tina1

Hey again Tina1,

Yes, it is absolutely safe to screw into the metal studs provided you use the right screw I explained above as well as making sure it is in the position you need to hang it safely.

You most likely have a lower-end model of stud finder that doesn't pick up metal, since your studs are hollow unlike the solid wood versions.

Use the screws rated for metal, and at the length you need. Once you do that, you can easily hang your blackout shades and rod without issues.

Keep us updated on your progress,


Posted 2016-07-25T23:41:56+0000  by Joseph_HD_ATL
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