Step Two: Fitting the curtains
Expert Advice: When unpacking your curtains you may find creases or pressure marks, but these will normally fall out quickly after hanging in a warm room. Alternatively, the curtain (except velvet) may be lightly ironed, please refer to the end of this leaflet for guidance.
Please find your curtain heading type in this leaflet & follow the steps to fit it.
Fitting pencil pleat curtains
Check the Width
Even though you will have measured the width of your curtain in the ordering stage, the first thing you need to do before hanging your pencil pleat curtain is to measure the total distance your curtains need to cover on your pole or rail and add 10 cm to allow for overlap when your curtains are closed.
Check the heading tape cords are securely tied at each end before you commence gathering the curtain.
Expert Advice: In the unlikely event that you do accidentally unravel the heading tape, simply get a tapestry needle to re-thread the cords through the holes.
You will gather one curtain from the left side and one from the right, to allow the excess cords to hang away from the centre of the window.
Pull a short section of cord from the tape and carefully push the fabric along the cords to form the pleats. Pull the cords evenly so that the pleats look nice and straight. It’s easier to check the evenness of the pleats by looking at the heading tape rather than the actual pleats in the curtain.
Tie the curtains off
Once you’ve arranged the curtain fabric to form pleats and you’re happy with the width of the curtain, tie the cords. Don’t cut the cords though as you may at some point want to loosen the curtain for cleaning or maybe to hang at a different window. The loose cords can be tucked out of sight behind the heading tapes.
Inserting the hooks
Count the number of gliders or rings that you have on your track or pole and then divide them in half; this is the number of hooks that you need to attach to each curtain.
Before you put the hooks into the pockets it’s worth placing them loosely on top of the heading tape to ensure an even distance between the hooks. Make sure that you place a hook on the outside edge of each curtain so that when the curtain is pulled closed it will stay securely at the end of the track or pole. It’s worth considering the position of the hook on the leading edge too. Place it so that you can achieve a nice ‘overlap’ with the other curtain when they are closed.
If you have a curtain pole, attach the final curtain hook between the bracket and the finial and
for a curtain track, attach it to the fixed glider at the end. The heading tape has three rows of pockets. For curtain tracks you will need to insert the hooks into the low or middle row of pockets so that the heading hides the track. For poles, insert the hooks into the top row of pockets so that the curtain hangs below the pole. Just make sure you insert the hooks into the pockets rather than onto the cords!
Now just pop the hooks into the pockets on your chosen row and you’re ready to hang your curtains.