Curtain Poles

Hanging curtains

In the last 10 years the use of poles has become the most common way to hang curtains. They make curtain making and hanging easy. They are available in plastic, metal and wood. The choice of the material for the pole is entirely dependent on the fabric of the curtains. A heavy, dark pole does not suit a lightweight pale coloured curtain. And, they can only be used for straight curtain runs, so are not appropriate for bay windows.

Many curtain poles are purchased fitted with rings onto which hooks are threaded. This means that the curtain needs to be fitted with a traditional header tape. Increasingly, however, different types of fixings have become popular. In particular, fittings that negate the need for header tape are becoming widespread.


A simple, fast and attractive way to fix curtains to poles. The tab tops simply loop over the pole and are attached to the curtains using decorative pins. Often, tassels are attached to the pins when they are fitted. Other tab-tops are simply sewn onto the top hem of the curtain. Whichever is used, the tab-tops should be evenly spaced along the curtain. To aid the tab-tops to slide along the pole, it is sensible to add purpose made gliders to them. Clearly, tab-tops are more suitable for light and mid-weights of curtain fabric.

One of the most attractive features of tab-tops is that the tabs and the pins can be used to add a little colour and life to plain curtains. It is possible to match these fixings to other featured colours in a room, to great effect. Using tab-tops, a curtain width factor from 1.5 to 2.5 times track width is possible.

Quick clips

The simplest and easiest way to hang curtains to a pole. The clips secure to the curtain, evenly along its width. The hook on each clip is then slid through the curtain pole rings and the job is done. These clips are not intended for heavy weight curtains or where formal pleating is desired.

The clips come in a variety of designs and colours, so can augment the design theme of the room. As with tab-tops, a curtain width factor of 1.5 to 2.5 is acceptable, dependent upon the curtain material characteristics.

Clip eyelet

These plastic or metal rings allow the curtain to slide directly along the pole. They are very easy to fit. Equi-spaced along the top hem of the curtain, holes are cut to accept the two halves of the oeillet ring. The two halves are then pushed together and the curtain can be slid straight onto the pole. A curtain width factor of between 1.5 and 2 should be used with these. Or perhaps you wish to use our metal eyelets, then you may also with to purchase our eyelet press, saving you a lot of time and effort.

Eyelet tape

This is a polyester strip that contains 40mm diameter metal eyelets through which the pole is threaded. They are available in a wide range of colours and provide a strong and attractive header to a curtain. In addition, they are easy to fit. The hook part of a Velcro strip is simply sewn onto the top of the curtain fabric. The eye part of the Velcro is already fitted on the RIVETSTRIP®. To prepare the curtains for hanging, you simply join the two parts together. A curtain width factor of between 1.5 and 2 is usually appropriate. Designers love RIVETSTRIP®. It is entirely suitable for more casual curtain hanging, without detailed pleats. It can give a bold and fresh look to curtains and it enhances the features of the curtain pole, that are so often hidden away.

Tape with hidden straps

A form of fixing that hides the pole and the fixing when the curtain is closed. The tape is usually polyester for strength and durability. It is sewn onto the top hem of the curtain and the pole is slipped through the ring straps fitted along the tape. This fixing method suits most weights of curtain and a width factor of up to 2 should be used in most circumstances.