How to Use Pin Hooks with Pinch Pleated Drapes

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Pin hooks are small metal hooks with a point on one end and a hook shape on the other. They are used to attach draperies to a traversing drapery rod. Traversing rods use a carrier system that typically has a cord on the collecting side of the drapery. The cord forms a loop that circles from the traverse rod to a smooth hook mounted to the wall. This allows the draperies to be opened and closed by pulling on the cord, rather than tugging on the curtains, which can soil the draperies and put stress on the rod. Pinch-pleated drapes are traditionally used with a traverse rod system. A pinch-pleated drape has several pleated folds sewn or gathered at regular intervals along the width of the drape.

Pinch-pleated drapes have a distinctive look that adds elegance to a home.
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Step 1

Insert the pin hooks into the top edge of your pinch-pleat draperies. Insert the first pin hook approximately 3 inches down and 1 inch inside the edge of the drapery. Insert each additional pin hook into the central pinch pleat so that the pin is solidly in place, but does not penetrate the drapery's outer surface. Make sure each hook is at least 1 inch below the top edge when it is fully seated in the drapery.

Step 2

Position the drapery on the side of the traverse rod with the master carrier. If your drapery has two panels, there will be two master carriers that meet in the center of the window.

Step 3

Insert the hook portion of the first pin hook into the outermost hole in the master carrier. Insert the next pin hook (the one inserted into the first pinch pleat) into the third hole in the master carrier.

Step 4

Insert the pin hook on the second pleat into the first plastic carrier--the small, white plastic piece that mounts onto the traverse rod. Once you insert the pin hook into the plastic carrier, it will carry the pleat and contribute to the even folds of the finished drape.

Step 5

Place each additional pin hook in order in the remaining plastic carriers until you have two pin hooks remaining. If there are any plastic carriers remaining in the track, rotate the lever toward the master carrier to open the gate and slide the remaining plastic carriers out. Shut the gate. Insert the second-to-last pin in the very last hole on the bracket part of the rod. Wrap the remaining fabric around the corner of the rod and insert the last pin hook in the bottom hole of the end bracket that is mounted to the wall.

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Tips & Warnings

  • Drapes can be quite heavy and difficult to maneuver, so it is essential to have a second person hold the bulk of the drapery up off of the floor. This also puts less pressure on the first hooks you insert into the master carrier. Spreading the draperies' weight among the many pin hooks prevents your hooks from pulling through the fabric or bending the metal of the master carrier.

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