How to Attach Pinch-Pleated Drapes to a Curtain Rod


Pinch-pleated drapes create a classy look for windows and are relatively easy to hang. Pinch-pleated drapes are often hung on a traverse rod; this allows the drapes to be opened and closed by pulling a cord. The weight of your drapery fabric will determine how quickly and easily you can attach your pinch-pleats to a traverse rod.

Things You'll Need

  • Curtain pin hooks
  • Traverse rod
  • Affix one metal pin hook to the center of each pinch on the curtain panel by inserting the hook up through the pleat or through the pleated fabric itself if the hook has a pointed edge. Be careful not to unravel any sewn seams of the pleats.

  • Start with one end of the traverse rod in one hand and one end of the curtain panel, right side out, in the other hand. Thread each of the hooked pleats through the traverse rod's rings until all pleats are hooked along one end of the rod.

  • Move to the other end of the traverse rod with the other curtain panel and continue hooking all pleats onto the traverse rod loops.

  • Check that the traverse rod cord is functional by pulling on the cord to make sure that the drapes open and close easily.

Tips & Warnings

  • Lightly press out any package folds or wrinkles in your drapes prior to hanging them. Iron on the reverse side of the fabric and use a pressing cloth.
  • A traverse rod allows you to open and close the drapes without touching the fabric. After a while, your drapes will show dirt if hands come into contact with them often.
  • Pinch-pleated drapes can alternatively be hung on a traditional curtain rod by affixing curtain rings with clips to each pleat.

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