Are you wondering how to hang curtains on a traverse rod?
When deciding on your window treatment, it is not about the curtains alone.
There are other things that you need to figure out as well.
One of which is rodding.
You need to select the particular rodding that can work best with your curtain fabric, window type, as well as your style.
Furthermore, you also need to consider if how you would want to hang your curtains.
Some windows can work well with grommet curtains or decorative rings and poles, but some windows require traverse curtain rodding.
In this post, we will be talking about how you will know if a traverse rod is needed.
More so, we will also teach you how to hang your curtains on a traverse rod.
So, stay tuned!
Knowing A Traverse Curtain Rod
Before anything else, let us first get to know what a traverse curtain rod is.
A traverse rod has either clips or eyes that are moving within a track attached in a rod’s slot.
Its eyes have a tiny opening intended for curtain pins.
These eyes will run across the curtain rod.
The number of eyes present in a rod will depend on its length.
There is also a string that is running through the curtain rod. It is attached to the master pulley or slide.
This cord is designed so that it will extend over the rod for you to be able to use this when opening and closing the curtains.
Some custom-made draperies specially designed for traverse rods come with hooks and pins sewn onto the fabric.
But in some cases, you will need to purchase drapery pins together with the traverse curtain rod.
Steps To Hang Curtains On A Traverse Curtain Rod
Now that you already know what a traverse curtain rod is let us now get into the steps in hanging your curtain into it.
Here are the steps on how to hang curtains on a traverse rod:
Step #1. Inserting a drapery pin
Start by inserting a drapery pin.
Do this at the curtain’s back, specifically at the center of every pleat.
Slip the pin’s straight end in each pleat and leave its hook end outward-facing.
The hook must also be curving downward.
Step #2. Repeating the process in every drape
Now you have to insert the pin at the back of every drape.
Step #3. Begin with the master overlapping carrier
This step is the mechanism that is responsible for overlapping the drapes one side over the other if the drape is closed.
Hold one curtain panel and hook the 1st pin into the arm of the master overlap carrier starting from the back.
Step #4. Insert the second pin into the arm base
Do the process by starting from the front this time.
It will create a gentle fold onto its arm.
Step #5. Insert the remaining pins into the slides
Do this step one by one, except for the last two pins.
Push the spare slide onto the rod’s end.
Step #6. Now slide the last pin into the rod’s hole
You must insert the other last pin on the hole you can find on the bracket.
Step #7. Repeat the process
On the second panel, repeat the same process you did from steps #3 to step #6.
Please do this as you hang it onto the other side of the curtain rod.
Step #8. Making a vertical crease
Make a vertical crease in front of the material, specifically in between every pleat.
Open and close your curtains to check if the crease returns every time you do it.
Step #9. Open the curtains again
This time make an attractive wave in the curtains by pulling the pleat and the fabric forward while pushing its middle backward.
When To Use Traverse Rods?
If your space needs a curtain that opens and closes, it would be good to use traverse rods.
Because if you use regular rings and rods, you will need to use your hand to open and close the curtains. It is a hassle, plus it affects the fabric.
But with traverse rods that come with a cord, you can quickly close and open your curtains.
Some rods, especially the long ones, require a support bracket at the center.
This way will prevent your curtain from closing completely.
Using traverse curtain rods for your patio sliders, French doors, and large windows will let you open and close them with ease.
Perhaps, you want to layer sheer curtains under another fabric, or if you’re going to add a valance into your drapery, you will need double rods.
But instead of mounting two separate curtain rods for this, you can use a double traverse rod.
It will hide the working parts so the outcome will not look cluttered. Plus, it can offer you a layered look.
It’s A Wrap!
A traverse curtain rod is one of the most heavy-duty types of rod.
It is embedded with a pulley system and a cord that makes closing and opening your drapes easy.
At first, you will be confused if how you are going to use this hardware piece.
But once you already learned how to hang curtains on a traverse rod, you will appreciate its ease of use.