How to Use Tiebacks With Drapes and Curtains

December 6, 2021 0 Comments

Tiebacks are a decorative addition to curtains and draperies. They are versatile and have a dramatic effect on how the window looks. They also affect the amount of light let into a room. Deciding when and how to use tiebacks on custom drapes is often a matter of personal taste.


Tiebacks are an elegant and decorative way to hold open drapes and curtains. They accent a view, allow light into a room or create a classic picturesque window. Draperies and curtains must be long enough to stay within the tieback in a soft arch when drawn from the center. If the curtain length is too short or the sash is hung too low, it will look awkward and possibly pull out over time.


When using drapes and curtains, some people prefer to keep them open during the daytime and closed at night. This allows natural sunlight to brighten up the room during the day and provides an extra sense of security in the evening. Another option is to keep them open and tied back at all times. Using tiebacks with pleated drapes creates a billowy look, as the spacing custom drapery between pleats adds to the fullness of the drapes and gives them more body as they arch across the window and cascade along the sides.


Tiebacks come in a variety of styles, shapes and sizes. Tiebacks are often just that, tied. They are usually attached to the wall, however, to keep the ties from sliding down and to prevent the draperies from swinging toward the center of the window. The length of each piece varies with the size, fabric and greater part of the curtains. As a result, they typically begin and end on fasteners at the wall with any excess material either hanging down or tucked behind the curtain, depending on the design. The use of tassels, beading, decorative trim and cording creates a more ornate and formal appearance. Tassels at the end of the piece appear to have a natural cascade effect. Since there are two ends, it is common for them to be staggered, rather than even. They hang better and have a slightly more professional appearance. For a more traditional and casual look, the tiebacks may be in the form of a simple rectangle of fabric that matches the drapes and curtains.

Non-Fabric Solutions

Also popular is use of a handle style that fastens into the wall and involves no fabric whatsoever. The drapes are placed behind the knobs. These can be used for several different types of hangers in window treatments. For example, custom valances, swags and jabots may be dangled from or overtop. Another option is a ring, which has a similar purpose, but flatter effect.