How to Use a Vertical-Blind Rod for Drapes

Updated July 20, 2017

Transferring a vertical blind's rod or baton to drapes is a fairly simple procedure provided that the drapes are already made. The entire process of attaching the baton to each panel requires only a few minutes.. Although the baton was designed for rotating the slats of the vertical blind forward and backward, it can be removed from the head rail and reused to assist in the side-to-side movement of lightweight panels on decorative rings.

Use the screwdriver to remove the vertical blind from the mounting hardware. Remove the hardware also. Look at the baton on the head rail and determine if it is still of use.

Use the needle-nose pliers to remove the baton from the blind system. Avoid using batons that are cracked due to sun rot or discoloured due to age.

Select a proper decorative rod for use with the sheer panels. Install the decorative rod system at the correct height and width over the window to be covered.

Place the panels on the work surface and decide which one will move from right to left and from left to right. Mark each corresponding corner with a spot of tailor's chalk at the point where the circle will be attached to the panel.

Thread the needle with a double strand of monofilament.

Grasp the plastic circle and place it on the marked spot. Secure it there with a bit of fabric glue. Permit the glue to dry.

Sew the ring to the corner of the panel near the top edge. Use secure stitches and knot the loop each time. Loop the monofilament six times.

Insert the needle into the innermost part of the header and stitch away from the initial point of the ring's placement. Bring the needle back up through the backside of the corner and make a knotted stitch. Inspect the knot and make certain that it is secure.

Put the needle point back into the middle layer of the header fabric and again stitch away from the point that was last knotted. Bring the needle once more to the back side of the header and cut the monofilament close to the fabric.

Take the baton in hand and inspect the loop at the top end. Make certain that the loop is in good condition. Thread the needle with the DMC thread and insert the needle into the loop at the baton's top end.

Run the needle through the middle of the knotted DMC strands so that the cord is secured to the loop. Inspect the knot made in the cord and determine that it is very secure.

Attach the baton to the plastic ring at the corner of the panel. Loop the needle through both the plastic ring and the baton's end ring several times with tight locked stitches.

Hang each panel on the decorative rings provided for the carriage system. Use the baton to slide its panel as initially planned.


If the panel is extremely wide, even if it is lightweight, use a centre support to prevent the carriage system from sagging at the middle. If a panel must be installed at ceiling height use batons which have mates to elongate the entire system. This will permit the baton system to be used with ease. When planning to use batons from a vertical blind as a pull for panels also plan to minimise the weight of the panels.


Avoid using batons that are cracked due to sun rot or discoloured due to age. Avoid breakage of the batons by grasping the baton firmly yet gently and allowing the top of the baton to do the work of pushing or pulling.

Things You'll Need

  • Vertical blind and its baton
  • Needle-nose pliers
  • Small plastic drapery rings
  • Ready-made sheer panels
  • Fabric glue
  • Needle and monofilament
  • Needle and lightweight DMC white thread
  • Screw driver with Phillips-head and flathead bits
  • Decorative drapery rod
  • Ladder
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Aviva Lee writes political commentary, poetry and children stories. She uses her more than 10 years of professional experience as an interior design consultant in Manhattan to provide expert advice for her readers. Her design column appeared regularly in "Quest Newspaper" prior to the publication closing.