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How To Create An Easy Window Treatment

This window treatment can be changed with ease.

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easy to do window treatments and hardware
  • Time

    Under Half Day

  • Price Range

    $100 - $250

  • Difficulty

    Easy to Moderate


Step 1: Decide How Many Hooks to Use

B. Original host Michele Beschen's techniques for hanging window treatments using inexpensive coat hooks -- without installing grommets, leveling rods or even sewing. Determine how many hooks to hang. The number of hooks will affect how the fabric drapes, so visualize the desired effect for the final window. Whether using several hooks or just a few, use an odd number.

Step 2: Attach the Hooks

Measure and mark the center of the top piece of window trim. Using the screws that come with the coat hooks, attach the hook directly to the wall about an inch above the trim. Michele prefers to use screws instead of drywall anchors if she’s hanging lightweight fabrics; if hanging something heavy, use the anchors.

Install another hook at each end of the window, at the same height as the first hook. Line the hooks up with the edge of the window trim, or place them outside the trim if desired.
Determine where to place the remaining hooks for the desired drape effect; Michele placed hers about 10" apart. Install the remaining hooks, spacing them evenly and lining them up with the ones already on the wall.

Step 3: Attach the Rings and Fabric to the Hooks

Clip rings -- simple rings attached to a clip -- are available wherever curtain and drape accessories are sold. Attach clip rings to the fabric, then loop the rings over the hooks.

Make sure to choose a fabric that doesn’t fray or unravel. If draped just right, the edges don’t need to be finished. For a two-layer effect, attach clip rings to a coordinating or contrasting fabric and loop the rings over the same set of hooks.

clip ring is looped over hook for draping effect