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How to space curtain hooks

Updated February 21, 2017

Though curtain hooks are not frequently used on draperies anymore, they were once the most common means of hanging curtains. These hooks were inserted into the top hem of a curtain to hook onto a curtain rod and, since they were hidden in the fabric, could hold up a curtain without being seen. Spacing the hooks was the most difficult part of hanging a curtain. Improperly spaced hooks give a curtain an odd appearance.

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  1. Insert a hook into each end of the curtain's top hem. Hang the curtain on the rod by these hooks.

  2. Calculate the centre point of the curtain's top and insert a hook at that point. Hang the curtain from the curtain rod by this hook.

  3. Place a hook at the halfway point between the centre hook and end hook on each side of the centre. Hang the curtain from the rod by these hooks.

  4. Insert a hook into the curtain halfway between each existing set of hooks. Hang the curtain from the rod by these hooks.

  5. Tip

    Alternately, you can measure your drapes and mark every 3 to 4 inches along the top with a piece of chalk. Insert the hooks at each mark and hang the drapes.

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Things You'll Need

  • Measuring tape
  • Calculator

About the Author

Tracy Morris

Tracy Morris has been a freelance writer since 2000. She has published novels and numerous online articles. Her work has appeared in national magazines and newspapers including "Ferrets," "CatFancy," "Lexington Herald Leader" and "The Tulsa World." She holds a Bachelor of Arts in journalism from the University of Arkansas.

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