Have heavyweight curtains? Wondering how to properly hang them so that they do not fall off? We’ve created some simple tips that can help in eliminating the problem of trying to make heavy curtains stay on rods properly.
Common varieties of heavy draperies that need additional support while hanging are –
- Drapes made from heavyweight fabrics like velvet and silk.
- Drapes that have additional fabrics which increase the weight of the window covering like extra long curtains and extra wide draperies.
If your drapes are made of any of these two varieties, here’s how to hang these curtains on rods in the simplest manner.
Choose the Right Curtain Rod
Choosing the right rod for hanging curtains is crucial to ensure that they remain in place. Now, how can you make the right selection of rods?
- Tension rods are not right for heavyweight draperies
Tension rods are not suitable for supporting excessive weight. They have a tendency to lose traction quickly and hence, fall down very easily.
- Traditional curtain rods are best
Hanging curtains on traditional rods that are installed by drilling directly in the wall is the best idea. Brackets are drilled in the wall to support these rods. This process ensures that the rods will never fall down due to the weight of the draperies.
- Pick a strong curtain rod for supporting the drape
It is better to divide the curtain’s weight lengthwise. This will give you a clearer idea of how much weight each section of the rod can hold.
Increase the Width of Your Curtain Rod
Increasing the width of the rod is a good decision because this allows the dispersal of the curtain’s weight uniformly and the rod will not sag. The additional width will help to move thick curtains easily when opening and closing. Increases in width effectively helps buyers keep their curtains on rods.
Pick a Durable Heading Style
The heading style of heavyweight drapers is an important consideration. Certain heading styles, like ones using clips or rings, have greater durability than others. Other string heading styles are –
- Pencil pleats
- Grommet tops
- Inverted box pleats
- Pinch pleats
There are other styles as well like tie tops, rod pocket styles and tab tops, but they sag the fabric instead of keeping them extended. This is why we do not recommend these styles to clients.