How to Hang Drapery Holdbacks

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How to Hang Drapery Holdbacks
Holdback (decor image by Mykola Velychko from

Drapery holdbacks are metal hooks that are fixed to the wall to restrain the drapes in an open position without the use of a tieback. These metal hooks come in many decorative designs, colours, styles and sizes. A smaller holdback might be used to create a swag valance treatment or to hold lightweight and unlined drapes. A larger holdback might be used to restrain more formal drapes and is designed to accommodate more bulk and weight.

Skill level:
Moderately Easy

Things you need

  • Holdback
  • Tape measure
  • Stud detector
  • Pencil
  • Screwdriver
  • Screws
  • Wall anchors (optional)

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  1. 1

    Select a holdback that is appropriate to your home's style and one that will accommodate the bulk of your gathered drapes.

  2. 2

    Measure from the top of your existing window treatment to the floor and divide by three. Mark along the outside of your window trim a third of the way up from the floor. Measure 4 inches horizontally away from the trim and mark.

  3. 3

    Locate studs in the area of your mark by using a stud detector. If no stud is located, you should use a heavy duty wall anchor designed for your type of wall.

  4. 4

    Sink wall anchors into the drywall and screw your holdback to the wall so that the hook faces the window and is horizontally level. If your hook hits your window trim and cannot be installed flat, bend the holdback to fit around your trim. Most lesser-quality holdbacks will bend easily; for solid iron you may need to have the holdback bent in a metal working shop.

Tips and warnings

  • Holdbacks often are used to hold swags above the drapes. These mount the same way, although the holdback should have more of a peg rather than hook design so that the mountings do not show.

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