August 19th, 2010

Mounting a curtain rod on cement wall

I think I talked about this before, but I don't remember what the best solution was.

My loft has great big warehouse windows. There's a sort of so-so image here. There's a moderately wide overhang just above the window. Right now there are waffle blinds on the windows, mounted to the overhang-- you can sort of see them in the picture, although they're all the way open.

I want to keep the blinds, but put sheer curtains over them. To do this, I need to mount some sort of curtain rod. I'm trying to figure out how to do this with a minimum of effort, but in a way that will be stable and functional. The windows are just under seven feet tall, and a little under eleven feet wide. There are two of these windows, one in the dining room (shown) and a nearly identical one in the living room.

Drilling into the concrete wall is not my idea of a good time. I own a hammer drill, but even with it drilling into the walls has proven to be a pain in the ass. I'm trying to find a way to mount a curtain rod without doing any drill-baby-drill in difficult material.

One thought I've had would be to epoxy wood to the underside of the overhang-- either one long strip, or smaller squares. I could paint or finish the wood so that it doesn't look too ugly, mount brackets for a curtain rod, then glue the wood to the overhang. I'm obviously not a structural engineer, but this seems to me like it would work.

Will this work? Are there better ways to do this?