How to Attach Drapery Tiebacks

Updated April 17, 2017

Drapery tiebacks give an extra bit of finishing panache to curtains once hung. Tiebacks are appropriate to use with almost any drapery type and can add colour and even texture to an otherwise plain drape. Tiebacks can be affixed as a permanent design element or they can be a temporary solution to decoratively hold back drapes. There are a number of ways to attach drapery tiebacks from simple to more complex.

You can quickly create a nice tieback effect with the matching tiebacks that may have come packaged with your curtain fabric. The simplest tieback effect is to merely wrap the tieback completely around the drape. Tie the slanted ends into a nice bow or knot. Then decoratively arrange the ends of the tie for a pleasing look.

Consider using alternate drapery tiebacks, such as tassels, to enhance the look of your tiebacks. Tassels come with either single or double looped fabric ends. Many tassels have decorative ornamental features. When using a tassel as a tieback, you may need to use a drapery hook or even a large safety pin to close the tassel around the drape. Be sure to hide this hook or pin behind the drape.

Visit a home decor store to see the various options in hardware to use with tieback drapes. Tieback hardware must be affixed to the wall. Different options exist for affixing to a back wall or side wall as needed.

Measure the wall from the floor to determine where you want to attach the tieback hardware. Mark the wall with a pencil. Dry fit the hardware at the pencil location and use a pencil to mark the location of the drill holes. Use a drill and a very small drill bit to bore a small hole, about 1/8" deep, through the drywall. If needed, use drywall anchors. Attach the hardware to the wall with screws that come with the tieback hardware. Screw the hardware into the wall securely. Repeat with other tieback hardware as needed.

Gather the drapery panel into soft folds lengthwise and place behind the tieback hardware. You can leave the drape straight, but controlled behind tieback or adjust the look of the drape to create a gentle curved effect at the top of the drape and a layered jabot effect at the bottom.

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Marla Currie has written professionally since 1995. She is editor and publisher of The Urban Shopper, an online magazine whose consumerist content is targeted to Black and Latino females. In addition to short fiction, Currie is author of "The Humours of Black Life," a nonfiction work. She has a master's degree in advertising.