How to Use Curtain Holdbacks

Updated February 21, 2017

Curtain holdbacks add refinement to any window. Holdbacks come in many sizes and styles, and there are a variety of finishes to choose from. Bronze, pewter and iron are some of these finishes. Holdbacks will give a finished look to your window, as well as provide a purpose. Holdbacks can be purchased in home improvement stores or any stores where curtains and window dressings are sold. There is a wide price range to choose from, starting as low as £6.

Utilise holdbacks for their function first. They help to increase or decrease the amount of sunlight that enters a room. Draw the curtain to the side and gently drape it over the holdback to bring the sun inside. Release the curtain from the holdback to allow the curtain to fall back and create privacy.

Choose a holdback that will work well with your curtains. Some holdbacks have a heavy look to them and would work best with a heavy fabric. Light-weight curtains will be complimented by choosing a more delicate holdback.

Secure the holdback outside the window frame. There is no rule as to the height, but normally it would be placed two-thirds from the top of the window. Choose what is visually pleasing to you. Use the hardware provided in the package.

Use holdbacks to continue the theme of a room. If your room has a theme of flowers or animals, holdbacks can be found with many different motifs. Some holdbacks and curtains rods are designed to be used together. When you purchase your holdbacks you may want to consider buying curtains rods to match.

Use holdbacks in place of curtain rods. Secure the holdbacks at the top of the window, one on each side of the window. Do this instead of using a curtain rod. Drape lightweight fabric from one holdback to the other holdback and use as a valance.

Things You'll Need

  • Holdbacks
  • Hardware
  • Screwdriver
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Emma Lee owns a photography website and also works as a freelance writer specializing in home improvement, animals and photography. Her work can be found on various websites. Lee attended Charles County Community College located in Maryland.