Options for Hanging Drapes


Follow the trends in interior design to find different options for hanging drapes. Pick up a copy of the latest home magazine or catalog for inspiration. Drapes can be hung in many different ways, depending on your personal decorating style. Whether you prefer crisp pleated panels, wispy gossamer sheers or formal brocade drapery, one of these designer-proven methods will work for you.

Traditional Hardware

  • You can opt for traditional drapery hardware if your décor calls for a classic window treatment. Rods, rings and finials are part of the most popular method of hanging drapes. For smooth and seamless operation, traversing rods allow you to open and close heavier drapes with the pull of a cord. Traditional drapery hardware typically costs more than other options, especially when custom designs and colors are involved. Many retailers offer budget-friendly hardware, but it can be expensive if you have a number of windows to cover.

Wire System

  • Wire drapery hanging systems give any room a contemporary flair. The wire most kits supply is actually high-tension, plastic-coated cable. The kits sell for a variety of prices, from affordable to pricey, with nickel, brass and chrome styles. Wire systems provide a modern option for hanging lightweight curtains and drapes. A wire system suspended from the ceiling adds a sense of drama to a room, as a divider or as a wall of sheers along an expanse of windows.


  • Drapery hardware manufacturers offer a hanging option known as medallions, which are made of wood, metal or resin. They resemble a finial, with a base that mounts to the wall and short stem to accommodate drapery tabs or hooks. The decorative medallion piece unscrews to install the drape panels. Mount the medallions on the wall above the window or opening in intervals corresponding to the spacing of the drapery tabs, hooks or ties. Several can be placed on each medallion to create a more relaxed look. For those on a budget, try using inexpensive cabinet knobs instead of medallions.

Ceiling Hooks

  • Forget expensive drapery hardware and hang tab top, loop or tie curtains from decorative plant hooks mounted along the ceiling above the window. Measure and space the ceiling hooks at intervals corresponding to the tabs or loops on the curtains. In the case of rod pocket drapes, simply sew on color-coordinated ribbon loops or ties for the same effect. Use wall anchors to secure the hooks into unsupported drywall. Formal pleated drapes with pins can also be hung from ceiling hooks. Just slip the drapery pin over the installed hook.

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