Interior design trends come and go, but some classic styles like neutral colors and natural materials endure. Vintage curtain hooks, once common, have given way to more convenient alternatives. Modern curtains often come with loops or clips for easy installation on rods, but those seeking an elegant, timeless look can still opt for old-fashioned drapery hooks.
Types Of Curtain Hooks
These hooks have two parts: the hook itself and the prong that inserts into the curtain header. They work with curtain rod rings to create a distinct style. Pin hooks, with a single prong, offer functionality without drawing attention. Two-prong or four-prong hooks, also known as pleated curtain hooks, produce visually appealing pleats at the top of the drapes. This adds a custom, regal touch to any room and works especially well with heavy curtains.
How To Use Drapery Hooks
Using drapery hooks involves sewing pleating or header tape into the curtain's top, although some curtains come with this tape pre-sewn. For those without it, sewing or employing a no-sew method is an option. It's important to note that pleats require extra fabric, so make sure your chosen material is double the length you need for your final curtain size, and consider purchasing an extra curtain if necessary to cover your window adequately.
Here are the steps to create classic-looking drapery using drapery hooks:
1. Lay out the entire curtain on a smooth surface, such as the floor, and position the pleat tape across the top. Leave a small gap, about ¼ inch, between the top of the fabric and the tape.
2. Securely pin the tape onto the curtain and proceed with sewing. The pleat tape typically includes a line of stitches on top to guide your sewing for straight lines. You can also sew along the bottom of the tape for added reinforcement. Be careful not to sew the prong slits shut.
3. If you don't have a sewing machine, mark the tape's placement, then remove it. Place two strips of iron-on adhesive underneath and position the tape back on top. Follow the adhesive's instructions to iron it in place securely.
4. Now, it's time to work with the drapery hooks. For a classic pleat pinch appearance, opt for the 4-prong version. Insert the prongs through the slits in the tape to create the pleat. Begin by inserting the middle two prongs before adding the outer ones. If you encounter difficulty with the tape, use a toothpick to gently widen the slit and ease the prong's insertion. Arrange the hooks according to your desired spacing for the pleats. If you prefer, you can iron the curtain pleats to make them appear crisper and more defined.
5. Slide curtain rings onto the curtain rod, and then attach the hooks into the rings. Congratulations, your classic drapery is now complete!
Bonus Craft: Drapery Hook Easels
If you have leftover drapery hooks, consider a creative craft project to repurpose them as easels for displaying photos, artwork, or decor items. Here's how to make drapery hook easels:
For 4-prong hooks:
1. Use a small needle-nosed pair of pliers to bend each prong.
2. Bend the outer prongs forward and the inner prongs backward.
3. Add an extra curve to the front prongs to securely hold the displayed item.
4. You can choose to leave the hook part as an additional support leg, but if it obstructs the display, trim it off.
For 2-prong hooks:
1. Use pliers to bend the prongs forward while leaving the hook as the stand in the back.
2. Curve the ends of the prongs to accommodate the displayed item securely.
3. Adjust the width of the prongs as needed to fit the specific item you're showcasing.
Now you have charming drapery hook easels for your decorative items.