How to Use Rings on Curtains With a Rod Pocket

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It's the decorating world's version of the age-old question: "How do you fit a square peg in a round hole?" There are two general types of curtains -- those that are hung with rings and those that have a pocket to slide a rod through. Each style has its own advantages and disadvantages. Specialty curtain rings with clips attached allow you to hang any type of lightweight or medium-weight curtains from a curtain rod.

Things You'll Need

  • Curtain rings
  • Curtain clips or hooks
  • Measuring tape
  • Tailor's chalk
  • Determine the number of curtain rings you have or want. A wider, heavier drapery style curtain requires more rings than a lightweight sheer curtain does. The size of your curtain and window also play a part in determining the number of curtain rings. A smaller window, say for a bathroom, will obviously require fewer rings than a large, bay style window. The number of rings per package can vary, but is usually between 5 and 15. Plan accordingly.

  • Measure your curtain at even intervals, marking each spot with tailor's chalk. The number of markings should equal the number of rings you will use.

  • Attach specialty clips or hooks to the curtain rings. Hooks pierce the fabric directly, while clips do not alter the curtains at all.

  • Attach the hooks or clips to the curtain at the spots that were previously marked out.

  • Hang your curtain via the rings that are now attached.

Tips & Warnings

  • Hooks provide a more stable solution than clips, but may permanently alter or damage the fabric of the curtains. If the fabric of the curtains is woven loosely, such as a light brocade, you may be able to use hooks by sliding the tip between two threads in the fabric.
  • Both hooks and clips are readily available at hardware stores and home improvement stores. Hooks can be improvised by twisting a paperclip into a hook shape with a pair of pliers.
  • You may also consider the alternative of using a grommet setter to place holes and grommets into the rod pocket area of the curtain so that you may use the rings unaided without the use of hooks or clips. A grommet setter may be found in craft or fabric supply stores.
  • Curtain clips do not always work well with heavy window treatments. The weight of the window treatment may cause the fabric to pull free from the clips. Young children and pets can easily pull a curtain from a clipped curtain ring.

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