The final stage - pleated drapery hooks

Attaching your pleated drapery hooks is the final part of making your drapes. Your hooks support the whole weight of your drapes, and affect how they hang. Once you've made your pleats, here's how to attach the hooks.

Attach the pleated drapery hooks

Always fix your hooks on a pleat, not on the space in between the pleats. The exception to this is on the ends. Because there will usually be a few inches left between the outer pleats and the ends, if you don't insert hooks close to the ends these will flap about and sag.

If you're using a pole or rod, the outside hooks will be attached to the rings on the outsides of the brackets. These are sometimes known as 'anchor' rings, because they stop the outer sides of the drapes from moving past the brackets. If you're using tracks, they normally have fixed ends which will take the outside hook.

If your track or pole is not corded, then don't use a hook on the insides. It's best to have a couple of inches 'free' so the inside edges can overlap. If the last space is too large for this, then set the hooks in a couple of inches.

drapery hooksA selection of pleated drapery hooks. The two centre hooks are brass sew-on hooks. The pin hook is on the right.

Which type of hook should you use?

drapery hooksPin hook and sew-on drapery hooks

You can use pin hooks. These are simply hooks which are shaped so the pin side is pushed up into the completed pleat. They are easy to fit, but often come out when the drapes are taken down. They can also be more difficult to fit when you want to get them all exactly the same distance from the top.

My preferred method is to use sew-on hooks. These are usually made from brass, are very strong, and once sewn in place will not move.

Valances

Although some valances can be hooked over a support rail, I find it much more satisfactory to attach a valance to a board using Velcro or a similar product. Use a wide tape to give maximum support, especially if your valance is heavy.

If you use drapery hooks with a valance it tends to move backwards and forwards quite a lot, whereas stapling velcro to the edge of a board gives a much firmer fix.

Finally...

Whichever type of hooks you use, make sure they're attached firmly. Your drapes may have to put up with a great deal of stress when constantly pulled. Securely fixed hooks will stand up to even rough treatment.


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