How to Use Rings on Curtains With a Rod Pocket

It's the decorating world's version of the age-old question: "How do you fit a square peg in a round hole?" There are two general types of curtains -- those that are hung with rings and those that have a pocket to slide a rod through. Each style has its own advantages and disadvantages. Specialty curtain rings with clips attached allow you to hang any type of lightweight or medium-weight curtains from a curtain rod.

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Hooks or curtain ring clips can be used on rod-pocket curtains.

Step 1

Determine the number of curtain rings you have or want. A wider, heavier drapery style curtain requires more rings than a lightweight sheer curtain does. The size of your curtain and window also play a part in determining the number of curtain rings. A smaller window, say for a bathroom, will obviously require fewer rings than a large, bay style window. The number of rings per package can vary, but is usually between 5 and 15. Plan accordingly.

Step 2

Measure your curtain at even intervals, marking each spot with tailor's chalk. The number of markings should equal the number of rings you will use.

Step 3

Attach specialty clips or hooks to the curtain rings. Hooks pierce the fabric directly, while clips do not alter the curtains at all.

Step 4

Attach the hooks or clips to the curtain at the spots that were previously marked out.

Step 5

Hang your curtain via the rings that are now attached.