Q: My daughter is married to a military man and has been recently assigned to South America. She would like to reuse her pleated draw drapes in her new home, which has curtain rods instead of traverse rods. Is that possible, or does she have to buy new curtains?
— Carol Bell, Akron
A: Draperies can be hung from standard curtain rods using drapery rings that have eyelets attached. Just hook the drapery pins through the eyelets at the bottom of the rings.
Ann Ewart, owner of Western Reserve Decorator Fabrics in Tallmadge, said the pins can be adjusted on the draperies to make them shorter or longer, so they’ll fit the new windows.
One caution: Ewart said draperies can be heavy, so make sure the rod is sturdy enough and the drapery hardware is attached to the wall properly so it can hold the weight.
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