Asked on Sep 02, 2015

Weights for outdoor drapes

Karen Seward
by Karen Seward
I have made some drapery for our deck since we face west. The material is canvas drop cloth, so it is light enough, that when the wind blows, it just billows! Any ideas for "decorative" weights that I can put on the outside bottom hem without having to totally re-hem both drapes do put them on the inside?
  34 answers
  • Donna Makowski Donna Makowski on Sep 02, 2015
    How about adding several large washers to the bottom edge in a decorative manner. To look like a series of OOOOO?
  • Bobby Bobby on Sep 02, 2015
    You might try weights used for fishing - there is a large selection - some could be decorative.
  • Susann Schlander Vinson Susann Schlander Vinson on Sep 02, 2015
    Colorful clips, some have magnets which make them heavy. The clips that keep the picnic tablecloth in place. Depends on how close to the ground curtains hang
    undo the hem at both sides at the bottom and put a curtain rod threw it and then put the ends back on the rod...Mine has knobs that tread on..decorative rods
  • Debbie Debbie on Sep 02, 2015
    A friend threaded a heavy chain through the bottom hem. Just open up the hem on one side, slip the chain in and whip stich the end closed. The chain pools nicely when curtain is gathered at the post and hangs nicely when the curtain is pulled closed.
    • Joy Joy on Aug 17, 2018

      This is a great idea. We get a strong west wind and sometimes the drapes will blow so hard that they knock over the patio furniture. One time, they were almost straight out along the ceiling.

  • Donna Makowski Donna Makowski on Sep 02, 2015
    actually I was thinking of large round flat washers.
  • Swan Road Designs Swan Road Designs on Sep 02, 2015
    Since it's outside, why not use Donna Makowski's suggestion and use weatherproof/outside clear silicone and glue sea shells onto the large washers.
  • Lisa Lisa on Sep 02, 2015
    I like the chain idea. Another idea is to sew large pebble-style rocks along the bottom at 2-4 inch intervals. Or marbles, seashells, etc. Possibilities are endless!
  • Deborah Sanders Deborah Sanders on Sep 03, 2015
    We pulled heavy chain through the bottom. Works awesome.
    • Brenda O Brenda O on Jul 08, 2017

      What type of chain (size, weight, etc) did you use? I would like to be able to pull the curtains to one side whenever they are not being used. We only need them for the afternoon sun. Thank you.

  • Suzanne Lee Suzanne Lee on Sep 03, 2015
    Some company actually makes a fabricators with weights inside just for weighing down drapes. Should be able to hooking safety pin to the end and pull through the hem.
  • Suzanne Lee Suzanne Lee on Sep 03, 2015
    Fabric sleeve
  • Darlene dynka Darlene dynka on Sep 03, 2015
    I saw where a pipe was put through the hem
  • Hope Williams Hope Williams on Sep 03, 2015
    You can always add ordinary washers. You can tac sew, E6000 glue or cut opening and slide them in the hem. If you put on the outside, you can paint them first.
  • Denise McLeod Denise McLeod on Sep 03, 2015
    Or just use stainless steel washers....they don't rust ;)
  • Marci Marci on Sep 03, 2015
    You can sew heavy fishing weight in the hem
  • June Lovell- Paul June Lovell- Paul on Sep 03, 2015
    Glue on pennies
  • Karen Sheilds Karen Sheilds on Sep 03, 2015
    I saw a different post where they added grommets to the bottom hem then threaded cords through the grommets which they then staked directly to the ground. It's not a permanent solution so you still have the option of moving the drapes when you want to, or bringing the drapes inside during the winter months. I can see that your drapes are actually over the deck not the ground so perhaps you could screw a few low profile eye-bolts into the deck to tread the cords through to secure the drapes instead staking.
  • Gail Gail on Sep 03, 2015
    Looks like you have enough room in the hem to add a couple fatter dowel rods, just thread them thru the hem.
  • Suzan Suzan on Sep 03, 2015
    So many options. Have not read previous, apologies for redundancy. Length or extended of fabric. Rebar, quarter round, bamboo, etc. Fun project.
  • Marianne Marianne on Sep 03, 2015
    Can you string some washers on a length of fishing line and then thread it through the bottom hem allowance?
  • Jill Jill on Sep 03, 2015
    I ran some chain through the bottom hem. It works fairly well.
  • Sheila Gauvin Sheila Gauvin on Sep 03, 2015
    If you are looking for quick and easy, what about using those cute little weights for putting on the bottom of a tablecloth to stop them from blowing up? They come in a wide variety of designs, colors and prices and usually just clip on. And they are sold almost every where---Michaels, WalMart, Dollar Store, and most hardware stores.
  • Z Z on Sep 03, 2015
    I love the idea of running chain through the hem. What about attaching some clear with white cord Christmas lights to the chain before doing so for a little bit of light at night?
  • Kris Kris on Sep 03, 2015
    How about using a beaded ribbon from a fabric store. You could sew or glue it on. It would be decorative, too.
  • Laurie Laurie on Sep 04, 2015
    I have used round button magnets for this very thing. I get them at the hardware store... one magnet on each side down at the hem. Use as many as you need for the weight of your curtains.
  • Janet Janet on Sep 06, 2015
    Fishing weights, pennies, pebbles.
  • Kat2099649 Kat2099649 on Sep 24, 2015
    You just open the bottom and thread chain in the bottom like you do a wast band then close the ends
  • Barb Barb on Jul 08, 2017

    Depending if you don't need to walking through that area try running medal wire and eye hooks at each end, or wooden dowl, if all else fails try the chains they will cut the length at and hardware store for you

  • Joy Joy on Aug 17, 2018

    We get a very strong west wind that will cause the drapes to knock over the patio furniture and blow straight into the porch. There’s been some really great ideas, but some would be ineffective against the wind.

    I really like the idea of strong chain!

  • Chr49185184 Chr49185184 on Jun 17, 2020

    I thought about this for a while and realized that those draft sand stoppers for the door work great and thread nicely inside the hem if you get the skinnier one. They are easy to put in and pretty reasonable. I paid $4.99 for a 5 foot one and I needed 4. It works and it's neat. So worth it!

  • Bobbi Woolwine Bobbi Woolwine on Mar 23, 2021

    I'm putting coated Paper Clips and Dollar Tree Glass Gem with the flat side glued to the single rounded side of the clips, for my Screen curtains!

  • Ncl59079994 Ncl59079994 on Feb 25, 2022

    Some great ideas here. The rebar idea inspired me. I have a custom made sunshade that has grommets one 3 sides & one side has the chain. Chain is for the 3rd side that isn't attached to anything no wall or post, free floating, its a temporary shade for me when I'm at my horse, so it will be taken down each day.

    I am going to attach carabiner clips to the grommets at the bottom & thread a metal curtain rod through it, that way I can slip it out when I take it down.

    The metal curtain rod is adjustable, mine goes to 12ft but I only need 10ft so I may need to duck tape it in place if it moves.

    I think this will work. You could do the same when the curatin needs to be closed, that way you're not commited to it being closed all the time.

  • Helen Goguen Helen Goguen on Apr 15, 2022

    I'm glad you asked this question because I have been wondering the same thing. My curtains are long to the bottom of the pergola, well almost. I certainly don't want to hurt anyone with any weights lol.

    The winds here in Idaho are ridiculous. The curtains are removed for the winter.

    I might try the chain but stitch it in a few places.

  • Corinne Goulart Corinne Goulart on Jul 03, 2023

    I used white shower curtains because of rain and I too am looking for some weight ideas, needless to say I'm not able to sew anything on. Great ideas on here however!