What Do You Weigh Drapes Down With?


Drapery weights, sewn or otherwise attached to the bottom of a drape or curtain, keep your fabric window treatment from billowing. Pre-made formal drapes typically have small pockets sewn into their bottom hems so you can install the weights. The weights can then be easily removed when you clean the drape.

Composition and Types

  • Drapery weights are typically made of heavy metal, such as lead, nickel or steel. Individual weights are small enough to be concealed in the lower hem of the drape's lower hem. Cloth-encased weights are available to add to pre-made curtains without having to remove stitches from the curtain's hem. Chain weights, sewn inside the lower hem, are used for especially heavy draperies.

Homemade Weights

  • Nickels and fishing sinkers, sewn into the bottom hem of the curtain, make effective and inexpensive curtain or drapery weights. After removing a few stitches from each end of the lower the hem, nickels or fishing sinkers are inserted into the hem casing. The openings are sewn closed, using a needle and thread.

Attaching Weights

  • Installation of commercially available weights depends on the type used. Simple metal weights may be sewn into the curtain's hem. Tab-type, fabric-encased weights are stitched to the backside of the bottom of the curtain. Chain weights require opening the ends of the curtain's hem, threading the chain through the hem, and tacking it in place with a needle and thread.

Quick and Easy

  • Small magnet sets are sometimes used as drapery weights. They are attached to the bottoms of the drapes by sandwiching the bottom corners of the fabric between two magnets. Although magnetic weights are effective, they are also visible and are not recommended in homes with small children, as they could be a choking hazard.

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