Description: While the Dignitet curtain wire looks nice, it is not the most functional since it tends to sag (even when tensioned properly taut, it will. Buy IKEA – DIGNITET Curtain Wire, Stainless Steel: Window Hardware Sets no help at all, all you need is common sense, patience and follow the instructions. The items shown here are a Dignitet system from Ikea. .. else mentioned that, and it’s not that obvious from the instructions, but when you go to.

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I had to bring in the big guns for this project as my own ‘power tool’ experience leans more towards sewing machines than drills. So, I asked my husband Bob who is always a good sport and really tall to bring his years of experience as a builder to the table to show you how to install this very cool cable wire system. It’s a great option for hanging lightweight, decorative curtains, which add height and drama to our Pretty Prints Teen Room. This type of system would also work well to create a room divider or even to hang a curtain for an especially long run of windows.

The items shown here are a Dignitet system from Ikea. Other systems are available. We found a very similar system at Pottery Barn.

How to: Add tension to Dignitet wire curtain – IKEA Hackers

Have you had any issues with the cable sagging? I plan to hang net curtains over a 4 metre length, so not very heavy, but when I bought the Dignitet in IKEA yesterday I noticed their display was very droopy nd have since read some comments online that it’s difficult to keep the cable taut.

I assume the tightening system uses the same principle as a turnbuckle which I’ve used on the fence so the trick is to unscrew it as far as possible before installing the cable? We did not have any runs as long as what you are anticipating and were only hanging very lightweight guaze curtains. So, we may not be the most valuable resource for whether or not it will eventually droop for you.

It worked for our gauze but our runs were probably about half what you are considering.

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I’m afraid it’s been so long ago on this installation that we can’t confirm the tightening system. Sorry to not be of more help. I realize this is an old article, but hoping you still check your messages: Looking at doing something similar to “cover” a ” wall with several mismatched windows.

IKEA’s website says that “for stability you need to use extra support fixtures for curtain wires longer than 55”. If I go ahead and use lightweight curtains, in your experience, do you think this wire system would work for me? Joy – Yes, it’s an older article, but we do try to always answer our emails. You have over 13′ to cover! Of course, we didn’t try anything nearly that long with our situation, so we really can’t say with certainty.

But, each length of wire between our corner supports was only about a foot longer than their recommendation. Our curtains were quite lightweight, so we got away with it, but I wouldn’t suggest trying to span such a huge distance. You might want to reach out to a window covering expert with your situation. Just need more of your help. Khushboo – I’m sorry, this is a very old article and we don’t remember those details, but if it was a “local hardware store” – most likely it was Home Depot, Ace or Harbor Freight.


Hello, I came across this page, very lovely idea. I would like to know if you remember the size of the screws, I’m interested in the width. I am considering replacing the screws with nuts and bolts in order to hang a curtain from a flat piece of metal, not a wall. Rosie V – I’m sorry, but we no longer have that information.

This particular post is from over five years ago and I’m afraid the sample installation no longer exists. Ikea still carries this line of products, you might be able to find more information from their site. Looking at installing this system but I, too, need more cable wire.

Any idea what the specifics were on the cable wire you purchased in bulk from your hardware store? Like type, size, etc? Liz Abrasion – as we say above: Fixtures are skewed, and that don’t look nice: Could you please tell me the right name for anchors, or send it on my address and I instuctions make payment to your account.

How to: Add tension to Dignitet wire curtain

T hanks instuctions advance! Mila – as we mention above: I don’t know if anyone else mentioned that, and it’s not that obvious from the instructions, but when you go to screw the left L post into the base, you have to do it counter-clockwise. Took me a while to figure out! I would recommend asking the manufacturer or distributor as we haven’t tested it on anything except the light guaze fabric. I’m afraid I don’t have any additional expertise in uses for it.

In general, it seems to be able to instructiosn mounted in several configuations. The main issue is making sure instrkctions have a strong stable surface to drill into – a stud, molding, etc.

Hi Liz, what could you tell me the type, size, and store information for the screws and dingitet that you used? I understand you used two types of fasteners one type to set up and one type afterwards.

Did you also use two types of screws? I no longer have notes on the exact screws and plugs, but IKEA does sell a set of screws and plugs as well. It is shown on the page along with the hanging system. Skip to main content.

Supplies Human helper Note: This is NOT a one person project; you definitely will need a helper – and it would be best if your helper was 6’7″ or taller. Dignitet Curtain Wire Note: You may need longer cable. Our installation required more; and found the same size cable in bulk at our local hardware store.

Fasteners shown above used for layout.

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Due to the high tension of the wire, we do not recommend these simple expansion fasteners. Once we laid out and positioned our posts, we replaced the expansion fasteners with a nylon fastener that expands behind the drywall for a more secure anchor, like the ones instructionz below.

Bright colored twine or yarn Masking tape: It is easier to handle dignitte bracket when marking mounting holes, and the position of the hole the cable runs in is critical. Mount the right posts on the right side of the bed and the left instructiojs on the left side of the bed.

When mounting the posts, make sure the post holes are aligned in the direction the cable goes. As we mentioned above, but it’s important so we’ll say it again, you need a good anchor that expands behind the drywall. The cable can create a lot of tension, and will pull out simple anchors.


Take iksa care instruuctions lay out signitet posts on the ceiling to get as close to a true rectangle as possible. Diagonally measuring your marks and getting the same distance between them means you are accurate. Unscrew the adjustable cable post to its full extended position. You’ll need it this way to tighten the cable. Determine Your Layout We worked with a rather unusual layout. Our bed was king-sized and set into a corner diagonally.

This made mounting the wire posts a little more challenging since we could not locate rafters to screw into for a better anchor. Also, our curtain needed to go behind the headboard, because we wanted to hide the tubs and stuffed animals secreted away there. You may decide to simply put your headboard against a wall.

If this is the case, you may be able to have your posts mount right into a rafter behind the drywall with just some screws, giving you maximum strength when you tighten up the wire.

Keep in mind that rafters are 16″ to 24″ apart; if you can locate one, you can measure against the ceiling to find the others you need. A stud finder can come in handy here. Once you determine where you want to place your bed, decide how much curtain you want.

Do you want curtains on either side or on three sides? If you decide to have curtains only on either side of the bed, you can delete the two corner posts, and just buy two curtain wire kits. We wanted our curtains to fall 4″ from the sides of the bed and 2″ from the headboard to avoid interference.

Once you determine the curtain run, roughly measure the perimeter to see if you will have enough cable. If you need more, your local hardware store should carry the same diameter wire. Just buy the exact length you need from their large reel.

Layout The Posts Working over your head on the ceiling, is a bit difficult. So, now’s the time to round up your helper. Our layout was made easier thanks to a handy plumb bob we made on site with mason’s twine and small weight we used the mounting plates from the wire kit, but you could also use a washer, thread spool, or spoon Make the plum bob line about 12″ shorter than the ceiling height, tie on the weight, and get on the ladder.

Locate your first corner by having your helper lay the measuring tape or ruler out from the edge or headboard of the bed.

Then hold the string on the ceiling until the string just touches the measuring tape or rule. The string is going to want to swing, ijea take care to calm it down to perfectly still. When you get the correct position, tape the string to the ceiling.

Now, double check the measurement. When you are satisfied you have the correct position, move on to the other posts and repeat the same process. After you complete the last post layout, you should have 4 strings hanging from your ceiling. As a double check for accurate dignitdt, measure diagonally between each corner string: The two diagonal measurements should be the same.