How to fit curtain hooks

Updated February 21, 2017

Fitting hooks into curtains can be tricky, but once mastered, your curtains will have a professional look and hang evenly every time. There are two types of curtains that require pins. You can tell which type you have by looking at the reverse side of the curtain near the top. If your curtain material is folded over a buckram material--heavy cotton sized with glue--you have hand made, hand sewn, pinch pleat curtains. For these, pin hooks are required to pierce the fabric and the buckram beneath. Curtain material, backed with a piece of deep pleat tape containing slits, requires several four-prong long neck or short neck pins to slip into the slits. Two pin hooks finish the ends.

Check the reverse side of your curtain to determine its construction. If the curtain is buckram backed, follow the instructions in Section 1. If the curtain is backed with a deep pleat tape with slits, follow the instructions in Section 2.

Place a pin hook into each fold, stabbing carefully into the fabric without piercing the face of the curtain. Ensure that the curve of each hook is 1/2 inch below the top edge of the curtain.

Pierce an end hook into the fabric at each end, approximately 1/2 inch from the edge. Ensure the curves of all hooks are a uniform distance from the top edge of the curtain.

Find the slits in your deep pleat tape on the reverse side of your curtain. For a smooth look, insert a single prong pleat hook every 4 inches along the tape.

Insert a single end hook 1/2 inch away from each edge. Ensure that the curves of all hooks are a uniform distance from the top edge of the curtain.

Insert four-prong pleat hooks for triple pleats. Insert a prong in every other slit in the tape. Space the four-pronged hooks every 4 inches along the width of the tape. Insert a matching end hook 1/2 inch from each end.


If you wish your curtain rod and rings to show, use shorter pin hooks in buckram-backed drapery, or short neck, four-prong hooks in drapery with deep pleat tape. If you wish to hide your drapery hardware, use the reverse in each instance.


Periodically check the front of your drapery to ensure that no pins are showing through. Remove and re-pierce as necessary.

Things You'll Need

  • Measuring tape
  • Buckram headed curtains or pleat-taped curtains
  • Long or short neck pin hooks (single-prong), or four-prong long or short neck pleat hooks
  • Two matching end pin hooks for pleat-taped curtains
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Kevin Ann Reinhart, a retired teacher-librarian, has written professionally since 1976. Reinhart first published in "Writers' Undercover" Cambridge Writers Collective II. She has a bachelor's degree in English and religious studies from the University of Waterloo and a librarian specialist certificate from Queen's University and the University of Toronto.