How can I use vertical blind hardwear to hang drapes or curtains?

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  • Nicki Petruzzella Kerns Nicki Petruzzella Kerns on May 29, 2018

    I don't know much about such hardware, but if the clips that hold the blinds can be reused, perhaps fasten lightweight curtains to them. The clips on my vertical blinds are plastic and I don't think they'd support fabric heavier than a lightweight cotton. Good luck!

  • 17335038 17335038 on May 29, 2018

    The clips for vertical blinds work mainly because the plastic blinds have snap in notches that have been machine-made into the stiff straight edges. Unfortunately they do not function with fabric. The problem is not that they can not hold up or support light weight fabric, as Nicki comments, but moreover, that the fabric will not be solid enough to snap into the clips.

    To attempt to make weighted vertical panels out of fabric will be very difficult. It will be next to impossible to get all panels cut on the grain, resulting in the panels not hanging vertically straight. The panels will need to be hemmed to prevent fraying. It will be very frustrating to try to get them all the same length. The top edge will need to be reinforced and thickened, then notches to match the clips will need to be made.

    In my experience I have yet to see any attempts that do not end up in the trash bin.

    • Mary Mixon Mejia Mary Mixon Mejia on Jun 19, 2018

      Thanks for the input Flipturn. I don't really want to be doing any big projects just to get curtains hung. I appreciate your help.


  • Wanda Wanda on May 29, 2018

    I used clip on hooks for a drop cloth and hung them evenly between the plastic clips over the cords in the track. The hem touches the floor evenly all the way across. If you want to still be able to open them you will need to use a spring rod. I made a valance to hide the hooks.

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    • Mary Mixon Mejia Mary Mixon Mejia on Jun 19, 2018

      WOW! That is beautiful! Thanks for sharing that with me Wanda! You're quite creative! 😉


  • Web Web on May 30, 2018

    I bought a house with vertical blinds in all rooms. Rather than remove them because Florida gets hot, I bought No No Brackets (Ebay) which slip over the vertical blind hardware and allow you to use curtain rods. I have them in two rooms so far and love them. The blind on the sliding door stays to one side and allows me to use it to block light if needed. These No No Brackets are wonderful. I am going to use them in all the rooms with the blinds.

    • Mary Mixon Mejia Mary Mixon Mejia on Jun 19, 2018

      Thank you so much! That's exactly what I need!! 😁 That sounds like the best idea ever, and thanks for the Ebay lead! 😉👍🏼


  • 17335038 17335038 on Jun 01, 2018

    The NoNoBrackets, while not exactly re-using the vertical panel hardware, offer a nice alternative to especially renters wishing to have more decorative window coverings, such as grommet drapes, but are not permitted to make holes in the walls to mount additional curtain rods.

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  • Mary Mixon Mejia Mary Mixon Mejia on Jun 19, 2018

    Thanks Flipturn! I had seen something like this before but never knew what they were called! I really appreciate your help!


  • Wanda Wanda on Jun 19, 2018

    I took the verticals down while they were pulled shut and spaced the hooks connected to the drop cloth over the cords between each plastic vertical holder. I bought bamboo beaded curtains and attached them to the drywall and hung the valance. I hope you attack the project. No one will believe it is a drop cloth when you show them.

  • 17335038 17335038 on Jun 19, 2018

    You're welcome.

  • Johnavallance82 Johnavallance82 on Dec 31, 2022

    Look in Haberdashery Dept. or Curtain store for clips that will fit.

  • Mogie Mogie on Jan 01, 2023

  • Deb K Deb K on Oct 09, 2023

    Hi Mary, hope this helps you out.