Drapery hooks for your pleats
Drapery hook placement and fixing is an important part of drapery making. Your hooks support the whole weight of your drapes, and affect how they hang. Once you've made your pleats, here's how to attach the hooks.
Attach the hooks
Always fix your hooks on a pleat, not on the space in between the pleats. The exception to this is on the ends. Because there will usually be a few inches left between the outer pleats and the ends, if you don't insert hooks close to the ends these will flap about and sag.
If you're using a pole, the outside hooks will be attached to the rings on the outsides of the brackets. These are sometimes known as 'anchor' rings, because they stop the outer sides of the drapes from moving past the brackets. If you're using tracks, they normally have fixed ends which will take the outside hook.
If your track or pole is not corded, then don't use a hook on the insides. It's best to have a couple of inches 'free' so the inside edges can overlap. If the last space is too large for this, then set the hooks in a couple of inches.
Which hooks to use?
Pin hook and sew on hook
You can use pin hooks. These are simply hooks which are shaped so the pin side is pushed up into the completed pleat. They are easy to fit, but often come out when the drapes are taken down. They can also be more difficult to fit so they are all exactly the same distance from the top.
My preferred method is to use sew-on hooks. These are usually made from brass, are very strong, and once sewn in place will not move.
The best way to support a fixed valance is to sew Velcro or a similar product onto the back of the drape headings. Use a wide tape to give maximum support, especially if your valance is heavy.
Whichever type of hooks you use, make sure they're attached firmly. Your drapes may have to put up with a great deal of stress when constantly pulled. Securely fixed hooks will stand up to even rough treatment.