How to Hang Pocket Rod Curtains with A Pin Hook

Who would’ve thought that these plain, traditional, and inexpensive pieces of bent metal are used in professional draperies? Learn how to hang pocket rod curtains with a pin hook and transform your cozy space into a fancy-looking living room.


how to hang pocket rod curtains with a pin hook

This traditional method of hanging pocket rod curtains is relatively easy to achieve. All you need is a curtain pin hook, some snap-open shower curtain rings, a ruler, a fabric marker, and your curtain and pocket rod. 


All you have to do is attach, pin, hook, conceal, and hang using the materials. Your pin should connect through the rear end of the fabric and not push all the way to the front. Once you’ve settled the pin hooks on the curtain, attach the other end of the to your curtain rings, and you’re done. 

Pocket rod curtains

A rod pocket curtain is one of the most classic, traditional, and relatively common methods to hang drapery. Curtains hung using pocket rods typically have sewn-in pockets in the fabric itself. You then slip it onto the rod, adjust it to your liking, and hang the pocket rod to create a simple and casual look.


The problem with slipped-on curtains in pocket rods is that it may be a bit of a hassle to open and close your drapery. Since you will open and close it from time to time, you might want to consider using pin hooks instead. 

Pin hooks

A drapery pin hook is widely popular amongst traditionalists who love to embrace the retro look instead of modern sewn-in grommets. While present-day curtain hanging techniques are great, adhering to traditional ways can still give that chic and sophisticated look that many homes and interior designers long for. 


These hooks have existed in the industry for years. Customers know them to last long and serve their purpose as a drapery pin hook without ultimately damaging your curtains. It keeps the curtain secure and mobile so you can open and close the drapes as you please.

Step-by-step procedure

Once you have gathered all your materials: a curtain pin hook, curtain rings, ruler, and fabric marker, we can now begin the process. 

Step 1: Lining the curtain

Line the top of the curtain so that the backside of the fabric is facing you. You can try using a pleater tape and place it along the top edge. It will help you transform your rod-pocket panels. Pocket tapes are small vertical pockets that you sew an inch apart. It makes room for the pin hook’, allowing it to slide smoothly into the upward pocket. 

Step 2: Measure the intervals.

Once you have your curtain or drapery lined up, get your marker and ruler ready as it measures time. It would be best if you determined a specific numerical interval between the attachment of your hooks. Otherwise, it might end up messy and uneven. 


Aside from the width interval, make sure that you are making consistent and even marks throughout. Consider the height of the placements so that it is not too far down or high up the curtain’s hem.


If you had decided to sew pocket tapes instead of attaching pleater tape, you wouldn’t need this step. We can now move on to step three. 

Step 3: Attaching the hooks

If you want pleated curtains, then you are on the right track. Attach your pin hooks at the designated intervals. For vertical pockets, try spreading the prongs by placing one at every other pocket tape. If you want pleats that appear loose, skip two pockets. 


Secure your drapery pin hook by fastening its sharp side under a sufficient amount of fabric. Try to cover the whole designated area of the pin hook. Push the straight edge all the way through the rear lining of the material but not so much that it punctures the front. Keep it secured and concealed using the backside of the curtain. 

Step 4: Curtain rings

Get all your hooks in place and make sure it’s not too loosely attached. Gather the fabric together and attach the pin hooks to your curtains rings one at a time. If you did the third step right, your hook should be hanging visibly at the fabric’s rear lining. 


Slip those hooks onto the rings and gently slide your curtain rings onto the pocket rod. Try to consider the diameter of the pin hooks. Long-neck pin hooks will give you a half-inch set below the top of your curtain. A short-neck pin hook gives about an inch or two to hide the traverse rod. 

Step 5: Hang your rod

We have the hooks set and the rings attached. Now it’s time to secure the rod by attaching the final. Lift the rods and set them carefully on your curtain brackets. You can adjust its position to ensure that the rod sits perfectly at the center and not leaning near either edge.

Professional Tips

Different kinds of pleating tapes will work well with your pin hooks. Try to figure out the type of look you are going for before attaching the pleater tape. Work with loose, tight, and reverse pleats are just some of the designs you can choose from. Hopefully, you’ve learned the basics of how to hang pocket rod curtains with a pin hook.


Mark your curtains wisely and follow the instructions to get that seamless-looking curtain that drapes beautifully over your window.