How to hang curtains on rings

It’s easy to update your home decor by hanging curtains on decorative curtain rod rings. Rings make your curtains look fashionable and they fit with any decorating style from country to contemporary. Using clip-on rings makes hanging curtains a straightforward and quick process. Clip rings also make it easy to take down curtains for cleaning and provide a simple way to open and close the curtains. Clip rings provide a method to hang non-traditional materials as curtains, such as using sheets or tablecloths. You can buy rings from department stores, online or through catalogues.

Determine the number of clip rings needed to hang your curtains. The rings should be spaced every 10 to 15 cm (4 to 6 inches) depending how you want your curtains to look. So, if your curtain panels are 210 cm (84 inches) wide, and you want to place your rings every 15 cm (6 inches), divide 210 by 15 and you will get the number of rings (14) needed for each panel. Rings come in packages containing 7 to 14 rings.

Get the right size rings to fit over your curtain rod. Curtain clip rings come in different sizes. Check the packages and select rings with a diameter to fit your curtain rod. The rings should be slightly larger than the rod diameter, at least 6 mm (1/4 inch) larger. For example, if you have a 1.8 cm (3/4 inch) diameter rod, purchase 2.5 cm (1 inch) diameter rings. This will give the rings room to easily slide back and forth on the rod.

Choose the colour of the rings. They come in different colours and finishes so select rings that match or complement the finish of your curtain rod. There are rings in metal finishes such as antique brass, gold and pewter. Rings come in black, white, brown and other colours.

Lay out the curtain panels on a table or other flat surface. Measure and mark with straight pins where the rings will be. Clip the rings to the curtain panels, removing the pins as you go. Start at the outside end of the panel, until you have attached all the rings. The last ring should be approximately 1.2 cm (1/2 inch) from the inside edge of the panel, so that when the panels close in the middle of the window, there is some overlap.

Slide the rings onto one end of the curtain rod. Hang the rod and the curtains. Space out the rings on the rod so the curtain folds hang attractively. Enjoy your new curtains.

Things You'll Need

  • Curtains
  • Curtain rings
  • Tape measure or ruler
  • Straight pins
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Megan Allen is an experienced freelance writer with a B.A. degree in English. She has several years of expertise in the following subjects: interior design, home improvement, crafting and genealogy, and has published articles online at eHow.