Hanging drapes on traverse Rod with hooks?

Old 12-28-04, 12:19 PM
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Hanging drapes on traverse Rod with hooks?

I want to reuse the Traverse Rods that came with our house and also the drapes until we can afford new ones, since these are in good shape and are lined to block out the light. They are the kind of rods where you pull a cord and they close to overlap slightly in the center of the rods, and you pull another cord to open the drapes out to the sides.

The problem is that when the guys took down the rods and drapes to paint the room, they didn't pay attention to how they had been hung in the first place. I've never had drapes like these beforem and now, I've washed the drapes, and can't figure out how they fit onto the Traverse Rod. They use those hooks that go into the pinch pleats and hang onto rings on the Traverse Rod. But there are 2 extra hooks per drape that don't seem to have corresponding pleats for them to fit into. I can't see how they would fit onto the ends of the drapes, but the ends don't hang right without something to hold them to the rods. The ends flop over and and in the center don't overlap the way it seems like the should. There seems to be 7 hooks per drape, assuming that there were none missing when the guys took the hardware down. Each drape has 5 pinch pleats, but none are at the side edges of the drape. There are 5 rings on the rod, including one that is attached to the pull mechanism. There also appears to be one extra hole on the pull mechanism that does not have a ring, and since all 4 drape mechanisms are like this, I am assuming it's not because they are all broken.

Anyone know of a website that illustrates how to hang drapes?
Old 01-04-05, 04:30 PM
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Been awhile since I hung any drapes on the type of rod I think you are describing but I know for sure that there should be a hook on the back of every pleat and one on each end of the drape. The end hooks should be 1/2" to 1" or so from the edge of the fabric.
The hole on the pull should have a hook run through it and if you'll look closely, with the rod in the "closed" position, that you'll find there's a spot at either end for the last outside hook to go through.

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