How to Place Pin Hooks in Curtains

Written by marla currie
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Pin Hooks are small metal devices used with pinch pleat drapes to hang them onto a metal curtain rod. Pin Hooks are either single U-shaped hooks with a pointed end or a heavier double looped U-shaped hook with curved ends. You'll want to select the correct pin hook depending on the weight of your curtain fabric. Affixing pin hooks is relatively easy although placing them incorrectly can result in a poorly hung drape.

Skill level:
Moderately Easy

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Things you need

  • Single or Double Pin Hooks
  • Pleated Curtains
  • Tape Measure
  • Straight Pins

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Instructions

  1. 1

    Purchase the correct type of pin hook for your fabric weight. If using sheer curtains for example, you might want to use a single pin hook because of its smaller size and weight. Use a heavy-duty double pin hook if your fabric weight is heavier.

  2. 2

    Placing a single pin hook into a sheer pinch pleat curtain requires manoeuvring the pin in place so that it is invisible when viewed from the drapery front. Start with the first pleat on the end of the curtain panel. From the back of the curtain, hold the individual pleat in one hand and insert the pointed end of the pin hook directly into the fabric, pushing slightly until the hook is firmly in place.

  3. 3

    Ensure that all successive hooks are inserted at proximity the same distance in the pleat, so use a tape measure to determine the insertion point. Then transfer that measurement to all other pleats and use straight pins to mark the hook entry on all other pinch pleats on that panel. Insert all the pin hooks into the one panel. Transfer the entry point measurement to all other panels and insert all hooks. Hang the drapes on the rod.

  4. 4

    Using a double pin hook is different from inserting the single pin hook. Unlike the single hook, the double pin hook is not inserted into the fabric but inserted up between the pleats themselves. Like the single hook, you'll want to insert the double hook so that it is invisible when viewed from the drapery front.

  5. 5

    Start with the first pleat on the end of the curtain panel. From the back of the curtain, hold the individual pleat in one hand and insert the curved end of the double pin hook up through the pleat starting at the bottom of pleat platform, pushing slightly until the hook is firmly in place. Push a double push pin into each individual pleat. Insert the double push pins to all other pinch pleats until all pleats are hooked. Hang all panels on the rod.

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