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A Guide to Hanging a Curtain with a Universal Tape Header

You’ve measured, chosen designs and ordered your curtains.   

Now comes the exciting part – putting them up! 

If your curtains have been made with a 2” Universal heading tape,  follow this easy step-by-step guide to get the perfect finish. 

Lay out your curtains on a table or over an ironing board with the front of the curtain facing down. Tape side up. 

Gather the cords at one end of the curtain at the inner edge, and tie them evenly in a simple knot. If you have a pair of curtains tie both inner edges (This is usually the edge without a label).   

At the outer edge of the curtain (where the label is) hold all the cords together and gently pull them, pushing the tape evenly as you pull, to gather the curtain.  When the curtain reaches the required width, either the width of the track/pole or half of the track/pole if having a pair, knot the cords together but do NOT cut them. 

Evenly space gathers across the whole of the curtain. Once happy, use a cord tidy or wind the cords up and pop at the end of the heading Tape. 

For use with a track or pole: 

Count the number of gliders you have on the track and place a curtain hook in the woven pocket (not the cords) at equal distances across the curtain to match the count of gliders. If you have a pole you will need the same amount of curtain hooks to rings. equally spaced apart. 

Some tracks have gliders with a hook already attached. These need to be placed evenly across the curtain, in the woven pocket, usually 1 every 10cm.  The Curtain, with hooks in place, can then be placed onto the track. 

For use with a Net Rod or slim pole with no rings: 

For a ready-gathered look, follow the process of drawing up the cords, as above. On each fold or pleat, you will see a fine, narrow tab running vertically on the heading tape at regular intervals. Guide the net rod or pole under these tabs. 

If you would prefer a softer, more free-flowing finish, leave the curtain tape flat (not pulling the cords at all) and guide the rod through the vertical tabs. 

They may need a bit of tweaking and dressing once they are hung. 

That’s the hard work finished, now sit down with a cuppa and admire! 



2.5 - 3x fullness will give you a tighter, better-looking gather on lighter-weight fabrics. 

You may need to remove the end cap of the rod to fit through the tab and then replace it once all the curtain has been put on.