How to put regular curtains on traverse rods

Updated June 13, 2017

Traverse rods can extend the life of your curtains because you adjust them with a drawstring instead of pulling on the fabric. Traverse rods can accommodate a curtain that is specifically made for use on a traverse rod as well as regular curtains. Knowing how to mount regular curtains to a traverse rod will allow you to choose curtains based on the print and fabric rather than limiting your choices to only traverse curtains.

Measure the width of your panels. For two-way traverse rods, lay your curtain panels flat side by side. Begin at the left edge of the first panel and measure to the right edge of the second panel. Subtract 5 inches to allow for the centre overlap. One-way traverse rods will require a measurement from the left edge to the right edge of one panel.

Measure the length of your curtain panels. Determine where you would like the bottom hem to hang, and measure from that point upward. Go up until you reach the height of your curtains. Subtract 1/4 inch, and make a light mark on the wall to indicate the position for the bracket to be mounted.

Mount the supports and bracket by following the manufacturer's instructions. Position the brackets to match the location of the width and height measurements. Hang the rod on the brackets, and lock it in place.

Lay your curtains flat with the right side down. Place one mark at the edge of your curtain on top of the hem seam or casing seam. The hem or casing seam is the stitched line joining the top of the curtain to the remainder of the curtain. Measure over 4 inches, and make another mark. Continue across all panels of your curtains.

Pierce the fabric along the marks with drapery hooks. Do not stick the drapery hook all the way through to the front. The hook should go through the back of the curtain and slide down between the layers, leaving the hooked portion out.

Attach your curtains through the holes on the traverse rod slides using the drapery hooks.


The pulley system in traverse rods make opening heavy drapes easier and faster than opening them by hand.


You may need to apply header tape to the back of lightweight curtains so they will hang attractively on a traverse rod. This tape will give the curtain a little more body.

Things You'll Need

  • Measuring tape
  • Traverse rod kit
  • Curtains
  • Drapery hooks
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Jennifer Terry is program director for TriCounty Agency for Intellectual Disabilities. As a University of Alabama graduate, she holds a Masters in rehabilitation counseling and a Bachelor in psychology with an emphasis in child development. She also earned an Associate in business management and second Associate in computer information systems from Bevill State Community College. She holds a grant writing certificate from North Georgia College and State University.