Pleated curtains are more specifically called pinch-pleated curtains or drapes. Compared to hanging standard curtains that have a casing, there are a couple of things you need to prepare for when hanging pleated curtains. You will get the best results if you allow extra room to work. If possible, have someone help you move the curtains. Working in an area that is too small and bunching up the fabric when moving the curtains will cause wrinkles.
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Things you need
- Sheet or clean tarp
- Ironing board
- Pin-on curtain hooks
- Curtain rod
Spread out the sheet or tarp in front of the window. Make sure it is wrinkle-free. Leave an area about 2 feet wide between the sheet and window so that you have room to walk without stepping on the sheet.
Set your iron on low to medium heat, checking your fabric specifications for the exact recommendation. Drape the fabric over the ironing board and press the curtains by moving the iron from side to side over the curtains.
Spread the curtains face up on top of the sheet. The pleated edge should be closest to the window.
Lift the pleated edge and turn it enough so that you can see it, but avoid wrinkling the curtain fabric. Poke the pointed end of the curtain hook into the pleat at the folded part of the stiff pleating tape, or header. Avoid poking the prong through the face of the curtain by holding the hook parallel to the header as you slide the prong forward.
Lift the curtains by the header and attach the curtain hooks to the curtain rod by hooking them on the top edge of the rod. This is where an extra pair of hands will be useful. If you are using a standard drapery rod that has little pegs with holes at the bottom for drawing the drapes closed, slide the curtain hooks into the holes. Fasten the ends of each curtain panel, and work your way to the centre.
Allow the curtains to hang on the curtain rod overnight before adding any tie-backs.
Tips and warnings
- Two- and three-prong curtain hooks are also available for hanging pleated curtains. To install these hooks, position the curtain pleats in the centre of the prongs and slide the prongs' edges into the pockets of the header.
- A step ladder will be useful if you are hanging curtains on high windows.
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