Question - Can I hang regular curtains on a traverse rod?

Answered by: Debra Diaz  |  Category: General  |  Last Updated: 24-06-2022  |  Views: 520  |  Total Questions: 8

An intermediate skilled home sewer can utilize drapery maker tricks and successfully hang non–pinch-pleated drapes on a traverse rod, hiding the pins and providing enough support for the weight of the drapes. A traverse rod allows drapes to be opened and closed by pulling on a cord hanging to one side of the drapes. To hang curtains on a traverse rod, you attach drapery hooks to the curtains, and then slip the hooks through holes in the carriers. When you pull the cord, the carriers move along the track. The key to making your own traverse rod curtains is choosing a style that looks and functions right with the carrier system. Depending on the windows, the drapery fabric, your personal style and how you want the curtains to hang, you also need to select rodding. Decorative poles and rings or grommet curtains are good choices for some windows, but there are situations where only traverse curtain rods will do. Place a pin perpendicular to the top edge of the curtain, midway between each tab. Lay the curtain on the table, the top of the curtain toward you and the tabs against the table, the right side of the curtain is on the surface. The rod pocket is internal so the curtain panel is essentially a simple panel rectangle. Determine the header style you want for your drapery look and in a few minutes, you can transform your curtain panels into drapes that use drapery hooks. Simple curtain panels can dress up a living room.

How to Hang Non–Pinch-Pleated Drapes on a Traverse Rod Turn the drapery panel inside out and check for the presence of heading tape. Measure the space from the wall to the front of the carrier on the traverse rod. Indicate pin placement marks along the top of the back of the drapes by inserting a straight pin, perpendicular to the top edge, equidistant across the panel.

Many drapes come with back tabs where you can clip the rings, or you can pinch the fabric to create pleats. When using drapery hooks, you have to make sure the hook does not go through to the front of the drape. You only want it to grab the back tab or lining.

How to Hang a Curtain With Pinch Pleats and Rings Purchase curtain rings the correct size for the curtain rod. Slide the curtain rings onto the rod and hang the rod on the brackets. Lay out the curtains so you can access the pleats at the top. Insert the sharp pin end of a curtain hook into the lower dot on each pleat, one hook per pleat.

Lift the drapery hooks out of the sliders and carriers, if any hooks are present. Turn the bolt or screw at the front edge of the center support bracket counterclockwise, if your rod has one. Turn the cam on the mounting brackets at each end of the rod to release the rod from the brackets.

Rings. Curtains with tabs on the upper, back side can be hung at least two ways. Back tabs are strips of fabric which are sewn onto the curtains, creating a row of hidden loops. Rings clip to the top edge of the curtains, and the rings slide onto the rod.

A traverse rod makes it simple to “traverse” or move your drapery panels across the window or door. Instead of pulling on the fabric with your hands, you can pull on the cord to smoothly slide the drapery out of the way. Pleated draperies are most often the type you will see installed on traverse rods.

What Are The Different Types Of Curtains? Box Pleated Curtains. Box pleated curtains give a very tailored look and drape into deep folds down the full length of the curtains. Cased Heading Curtains, also known as Rod Pocket Curtains. Pinch Pleated Curtains. Eyelet Curtains. Tailored Pleat Curtains. Goblet Pleat Curtains. Tab Top Curtains. Sheer Curtains.

Install a single stationary pulley on the left end of the curtain rod. Ensure that the top of the cord path through the pulley is level with the center of the eye screws on the wooden rings. Install a double stationary pulley on the right end of the curtain rod. Shim the pulleys if necessary.