DIGNITET Curtain Wire Hanging System from IKEA

DIGNITET Curtain Wire Hanging System from IKEA

Today we’re going to talk about how to
install a DIGNITET, I believe that’s how you pronounce it, curtain wire hanger
that we recently purchased at IKEA. We also got a third bracket to allow us to
run a longer span of the wire. We’re actually going to install this in my
wife’s art studio. And I believe she’s going to use it to
hang artwork from. These parts that you can see here are all the pieces that
came with the kit. The kit does not include screws or wall anchors. You have
to pick out your own for that depending on where you’re going to mount it. In our
case we’re going to mount it in a sheetrock wall so I’m going to use a
number 6 nylon wall driller. It’s just a plastic insert and the appropriate
screws that go with it and it’s just some of the things that I keep in my kit
around our house for occasional projects like this. You’ll also need a phillips
head screwdriver. In my case we’re using phillips head screws to mount it with so
we’ll need a phillips head screwdriver, a 3/16 inch drill bit, an extension cord, a drill, a tape measure and a couple of the things that I have
are a power driver that I like to use. It just speeds up the installation of the
screws into the drywall hangers. You want to be careful when you’re using this
though and don’t over tighten them because it’ll strip out these plastic
anchors real easy so that’s why I also have a phillips head screw driver. And I
also like to use, it’s just an old ice pick that I have in my tool kit. It helps
me to pinpoint where I want to hang a hanger. Like in this case I’m able to put
that up on the wall and just punch a tiny hole in the wall or you can punch
it into the sheetrock and let it hang there and make sure it’s where I want it
to be hung. We purchased the wire hanger to put in my wife’s craft, art studio if
you will, and she’s showing now on the wall where we’re going to hang it. The kit itself comes with enough wire to hang a span of approximately 197
inches and in our case we’re only going to use about 140 inches of the
wire so we’ll actually have to trim the wire. And I failed to get out of my toolkit
a pair of wire dikes that will be needed to cut this wire because it is a steel
braided wire and it’s a pretty tough to cut the wire itself and I don’t have a
wire in the picture either. I’ve got it over to the side but we’ll show you that
when we’re getting ready to cut it. Okay what we’ve done here is we picked
out approximately how high we want the left bracket to be and I’ve gone ahead
and marked the holes on the wall where I want to drill those out and I’m going to
take my drill with a 3/16 inch drill bit and punch these holes into the sheetrock.
But what I also noted here, and this is a safety issue. You want to be careful
because we’re we’re mounting this is directly above a three switch light
switch. So I’m almost 100% sure that in this wall, there are electrical wires
running up into my attic. So you just you want to punch these just through the
sheetrock and not go you know, deep into the wall. So we’re going to do that now. And all we’re basically doing is
drilling a pilot hole for the plastic anchors that screw into these holes. These are those plastic anchors and you just screw them into the
sheetrock until they get flush, or as close to flush as possible. And you just
want to make sure they don’t strip out when you’re screwing them in. So these
are not totally all the way down but because of the decorative caps that came
in the kit, these will be covered once we get the bracket actually attached to
these. So now we’re going to take the screws that we selected and go ahead and mount the bracket and put the cap on. Okay now I’m going to go ahead and
attach the bracket to the wall. I’m using my power driver just to snug them up. You want to be careful when you’re doing this and not strip out those plastic
anchors that’s like I was mentioning earlier. You will take your phillips head
screwdriver and just use it to finish tightening the screws down until they
make a snug fit. And we’re taking our phillips head screwdriver now
and just snugging the screws down until they’re tight. You don’t want to over
tighten these again because you’re in a plastic drywall anchor and you don’t
want them to strip out. And once you’ve got those snug and you’re happy with the
installation, you can take your decorative cap that came with the kit and slide it on and snap it into place. And we should be through with the left
bracket installation part of this project. Okay what we’re doing now is
positioning the right side bracket on the other end of the room from where the
span of wire is going to run. And what we’re actually doing is also making sure it’s going to be as close to level in
the room as possible. And what I did was check the measurements from the center
of this post to the ceiling and then also from the center of the post to the
floor, compared to the opposite end of the room and it looks like it’s pretty
much spot-on where it is here. I also made sure that the post that doesn’t
come screwed into the base that comes in the kit is screwed in as tight as it
should be and at the bracket where the wire actually goes into is aiming in the
right or as close to the right or the correct direction that it needs to be
and then I’m going to go ahead and mark the three holes on the sheetrock where
it should be attached to the wall. Okay we’ve got our third bracket installed
and because we’re running such a long span of the wire and they don’t
recommend that you go over approximately 55 inches for the wire from one support
to another is why we chose to put a center support in. And we went ahead and ran the wire through the post while we were up on our stepladder so we won’t
have to get that back out and get back up there to it. And now we’re going to a
affix the wire or the cable to the right-hand bracket. And before we do that
you want to make sure these little plastic caps that they have on here are
still on there and still intact. That’s what keeps the wire, the braided wire
from coming unwound when you stick it into the socket where it’s actually
going to attach. And we’re attaching to the right side bracket of the kit which
doesn’t actually have any adjustment to it. And you want to make sure that you
get the wire actually seated into the bracket all the way when you’re affixing
it. And there are two allen headed set screws on the bracket, that once you get
this inserted into the post here, the screws are down here and they actually
give you an allen wrench in the kit to tighten these with. But you want to
make sure that the wire and the little plastic shield goes into the socket all
the way. In this case you can see the plastic shield is trying to slide back
out. But we’re going to stick that in as far as the wire will go and you’ll feel
it seat against the back of the bracket and then if you have a fingernail you
can take and slide that plastic sleeve on down the rest of the way until it’s
all the way in there or take the socket wrench and slide it in there or the
allen wrench excuse me and then you want to take it and tighten down both of the
allen set screws. Okay we’ve got our wire attached to the right hand side
bracket. We’ve run it through the middle support bracket and we’re getting ready
to attach it to the bracket on the left hand side. As I mentioned earlier, this is
the bracket with the adjustment. It has this turnbuckle if you will, which is how
you’re actually going to tighten the bracket up. And what you want to make
sure first, is that the turnbuckle is open if you will. So you want to have
threads exposed here and here. and they recommend that you allow approximately
5/8 of an inch in each location as far as having the threads exposed and that’s
what we have. So now we’re holding up our cable and because it’s longer than what
we needed; which we knew it would be, we’re getting ready to cut that off. And
you want to pull it, just somewhat tight. You don’t want to this is not the
tightening part of it but you want it to be fairly tight and what we’re going to
do is we’re going to cut it off about right here so it lines up. So the end of
the wire if you will lines up with the end of the bracket right here once we
insert it into the part where the two set screws are. We’ve also slid the
plastic sleeve back to right here from the end of the wire down there and we’re
going to make our cut like I said about right here. Okay what we’ve done is we trimmed our wire off to the appropriate length that we needed. We’ve inserted it in the socket
on this end and I’ve already tightened the two allen headed set screws down. And I’m going to take the allen wrench, put it in the little hole in the turnbuckle
here. And I’m going to start to turn the turnbuckle like so. And what it’s going
to start doing its tightening up the cable. And you just want to check it and
make sure you have it snug as you want it. And there’s still some adjustment there
if we need to but it looks pretty good. It looks like we’re finished with our
installation. Thanks for watching!
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100 thoughts on “DIGNITET Curtain Wire Hanging System from IKEA

  1. Hi Don!  My husband is trying to install these and for some reason he cut the wire at the end where the plastic tip is.  So now the wire is frayed. Is there anyway to repair that? 

  2. Thanks so much for the video! It helped me convince my husband that this is what we needed to display the kid's art!
    Question: are the clips used to hang the art from ikea as well?

  3. Thank you for your helpful tutorial! I'm in the planning stages for a very low-budget craft room/studio myself, so it was nice to see someone using it for that kind of area. I'm considering mounting these from the ceiling and using the support piece as a corner to create a 2-sided curtained "closet" in the corner of my sunny but closet-less room. After seeing how easily you installed them, I now just have to do the math and weigh the appropriate amount of canvas drop cloth to see if it will max out the weight limit. I don't know if if would be in your realm of knowledge, but do you or your wife have any suggestions on other opaque (but lighter weight) fabric I might try if the canvas is too heavy? Thanks again to you both for taking the time to share this video!

  4. I found your video very helpful, but I have a window that's more than 197 inches across so how would I combine the wires to stretch the length of the window. I recently purchased two packs of the dignitet if that helps.

  5. I plan to use this system, would you know if i would need the middle piece when only hanging a span of 100"..

  6. Thank you so much!!! I got part of the way through the Ikea directions then I was stumped. I could not have done it without your help! Thanks for taking the time to make this video.

  7. Yay! I finally have my curtained closet hanging (I used a sheet instead of dropcloth), and it's all thanks to your video! I never would've been brave enough to try this without seeing you do it first!

  8. Thanks so much for taking the time to make this video. Half the work with these IKEA things is deciphering the instructions, and your video did that job for me, clearly and succinctly. Very much appreciated!

  9. Went one step further and taped that horrid little Allen wrench (kept dropping the little bugger) to my turnbuckle side

  10. THANK YOU!!! I bought that little Dignitet set ages ago and was flummoxed when it did not include the anchor bolts for the wall! I originally only started to watch your video to see what you used to anchor it, but kept watching because your directions are so very explicit. As a teacher, I appreciate good, clear directions and yours are great! Thank you so much!

  11. You were my savior on this project! I'm so excited to hang my kids' school/art work from it!! Thanks so much for taking the time!!

  12. I have a question for you, what did type of wire cutters did you use to cut the wire? I only needed a little of the wire and we have tried 2 different types of wire cutters and neither have worked!

  13. You might have mentioned that the right post is reverse threaded so as to eliminate the possibility of attaching it to the left bracket. I didn't notice that at first and thought it was defective.

  14. after wrestling wth the cutting the cable…. and cutting it… the strands are beginning to unwind, and don't seem to want to sit into the very small hole in the bracket. not sure how to remedy the situation. I guess I'll trim the excess at an angle

  15. Thanks a million! I am about to mount this system and this was very helpful for wrapping my mind around the task.

  16. really informative. I may need to watch it another 100 times because I don't learn too fast. I will be buying these instead of curtain rods or a new closet sliding doors for my kids room. I will be using wood clips or meyal clips to slide curtains back and forth.

  17. Thank you so much!  I love IKEA products but their instructions leave much to be desired for the average homemaker.

  18. Oh my goodness thank you so much for doing this! Short, to the point, and very well explained. I can usually follow ikea instructions just fine, but for this item there was waaaay too much left out like the plastic ends and exactly how to tighten the wire.

  19. Thank you! Just ordered this product and this video will help a lot. Especially good to know about the plastic sheathing on the wire for the non tightening end. Well done video.

    We'll be using this to divide a 12 x 14 bedroom kids' bedroom. Is a center bracket necessary (for the ceiling, of course) if very lightweight curtains are going to be used?

  20. Thanks so much for making this video! I cried when I saw the instructions that were included in the package but you made it much easier. <3

  21. Please help! My wire does not have the little plastic sheath on the end. I spent an hour on the phone with Ikea trying to find out about it and to see if it should be included but they had no idea what I was talking about. I even had them watch your video at 8.36 min but they couldn't help me. Do I need to go buy something like it or just try without it? Also, the bracket that has R on it is like your left one and vice versa. Does it matter?

  22. Thanks so much for your very well done instructions…  Like some of the other comments, I looked at those directions and scratched my head and wanted to pull my hair out.   They should hire you!  Do you know what weight this will hold?  I was going to hang curtains with grommets.

  23. Thanks, this would have saved me about half an hour of grief if I had looked this up first. I'll sub in case I get any other home improvement woes!

  24. Thank you so much for posting this; I would NEVER have figured this out from the printed "instructions." Don't put Ikea in charge of communications if aliens ever land on Earth.

  25. Love your video but I was disappointed that you edited out the wire cutting and there was no mention of a wire cutter in the beginning when you showed all the tools you were using. I haven't started this project for two reasons: 1.) Confusing "instructions" (which you clarified) 2.) my concern on HOW or WHAT to use to cut the wire. Please help.

  26. Thanks for doing this. I didn't know about the 5/8" rule. The instructions have x(mm)/x(in) which made no sense to me

  27. Hi,

    thank you for your video, it is very well done and easy to understand.

    I do have a question: I want to mount a pair of those on 2 walls, that are facing each other. But one of the walls is the roof, so it's angled. Like this, if you look from the side (dotted line represents the wire, the "I" and "" represent the walls):
    So one of the two brackets should be installed at 0° angle and the other at about 110°. Is that achievable?

  28. Your my hero! Thank you for saving me hours of torture with your easy tutorial! Too bad ikea couldn't give easier instructions but I guarantee you saved my project because I know that plastic piece would have been on the wrong side of my wire cut!!!

  29. I bought the package of ends and 3 'middle' pieces to enclose the front and sides of 72" of metal shelving units being used as pantry shelves in a small house. I keep going back and forth on whether to use them or use the ceiling-mount hangers and regular turnbuckle, etc. that I originally purchased elsewhere. One person said you can't use drapes with grommets and that's what I have. Would taking it loose later to wash the curtains be a big problem trying to reconnect the open end?

  30. Thank you. I need a curtain track that will fix to parallel walls and I think this item will do the job but was so confused by the 'instructions'. It all makes sense now!

  31. Hey there!!!
    Thank you so much for the video!!! Just bought the set and want to hang for same purposes as your wife. I have a question though – It will have to be placed in a location that goes in front of a window – not on top like one would do for hanging curtains. Because of this – I need it to stretch across an area of about 8 feet and cannot place the center support piece. I am only going to be hanging paper from the clips once its done so do you think it will work? ?

    Or if I go ahead and decide to place it high above the tall window with the central support piece – do you know the the wall above a window (horizontally) is all drywall or is there some kind of horizontal stud above a window? Trying to figure out if I need to buy a drill or want to make those holes up there.

    Sorry for all this – not sure you are even responding to this anymore but thank you for what you have already – so much better than crazy language-less Ikea instructions!

  32. Your video is awesome….very easy to understand, however we just finished hanging two of the systems and while tightening the last one down we noticed that one of the turnbuckles is stripped. Have you heard of this happening before and do you know if will Ikea replace it?

  33. Thank you so much! I was finally able to finish installing it. This is the first time I had issues with IKEA instructions but you explained it perfectly! The key was 5/8”! Yay, kitchen curtain is finally up.

  34. This was already installed in the apartment I moved into. How do I easily change the curtains that were left behind? I figured out how to unscrew one side and replace the curtain but can't figure out how to access the curtain on the other side. Thanks in advance!

  35. What kind of screws would I need to screw in a wood frame ? Right now I have 1.5 inch long wood
    screws with a flat top.

  36. you cut the wire with and inserted it with out should how you did that part smh.got everyone raving and there is a really important part missing

  37. You are really good at explaining things in a way that even non-handy people can understand. Are you a teacher? You should be! Thank you for the video.

  38. Do you think it would work to install this on opposing walls, in the corners, so the wire could be closer to the wall? The ends that bend towards each other would be straight for this to work.

  39. I have installed the curtain system but the wire keeps coming loose. The thread for the connection going to the static part fitted to the wall just unravels when there is pressure on it. What am I doing wrong!

  40. Thanks Mate, I have to install it tomorrow morning with a right angle for the curtains, hopefully it will be strong and I dont stuff it up. Nice video very helpful 👍

  41. This video just saved my behind! I opened the packed to the Dignitet from IKEA and, even though I am really good at "some assembly required" instructions – these made my brain hurt! I don't read hieroglyphics! Thank you so very much for making this video! Well done!

  42. Awesome video! Getting ready to hang 3 of these on our new screened porch and I was worried about install after some of the reviews. You made it look super easy!

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