Drapery Installation: Hooks
Drapery installation can be a hassle, but with the right tools and planning, it can be an easy project. One of the most important parts of hanging drapery is the correct use of hooks. Pin hooks are one of the most popular varieties, especially in pleated drapes. The sharp ends allow you to easily place the hooks in the fabric so you can get the job done more quickly.
Step 1: Rod Placement
Before you begin to install hooks, be sure that the drapery rod is in the correct location. It should be at least 4 inches above where you want the drapes to hang. The rod should also be 3 inches out on each side, preferably attached to a stud for extra support. This placement will ensure that the loops and hooks will not be easily seen.
If you have double-layered drapes, you will need to have 2 rods but, only one set of brackets.
Step 2: Hook Size
Another thing to consider before you install hooks is the weight of the drapes. Heavier drapes will require sturdier hooks. Manufactured drapes may have come with hooks already placed in the drapes or in a separate bag. Don’t take them out—these hooks are already the best type for your drapes.
Step 3: Install Hooks
Be very careful when installing the hooks. They need to be evenly spaced so the drapes will pull back easily. Pin hooks are common and easy to install. If you’re using pleated drapes, place the hooks in the center of each pleat. Simply stick the pointed end into the hem, where there should be several layers of fabric. The hooks at the end of the drapes should be at least 1 inch away from the edge.
Step 4: Hang Drapes
Once the pin hooks are firmly in place, it is time to hang the drapes. If you have double layered drapes, hang the inside on the lower rod before you hang the outside drapes. Leave 2 extra loops or slides on the rod to use as replacements and remove any extras.
Attach the last 2 hooks to the brackets. This will stabilize the drapes and allow you to use a pulley system.
Step 5: Training
Now that your drapes are up, you need to train them to hang correctly. Open the drapes and crease the pleats. Be sure the creases are even and straight. Once you are satisfied, loosely tie a length of fabric around each side of the drapes to hold them in place for at least 72 hours. After 72 hours, remove the fabric and open the completed drapes.