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Different Types of Curtain Hooks (Styles & Uses)

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Rosanne Jones

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Steven D. Carrico


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Different types of curtain hooks can make all the difference for window treatments. Curtain hooks and rings not only secure curtains but also have the potential to elevate the visual charm of windows.

Below is a detailed discussion about the differences between shower curtains and drapery hooks. You probably have some of these hooks; however, not aware of their unique features. Keep reading to know what to consider when choosing the right one for your home.

Types of Curtain Hooks


Although curtain hooks may be the tiniest component of curtains, their presence is significant. Using the right curtain accessories guarantees flawless drapes, provides discretion as necessary, and extends the lifespan of curtains by preventing wear and tear.

Each curtain type and design requires a specific type of curtain hook. Thus, scrutinizing the different types and terminologies related to curtain hooks help you select the ideal one to achieve seamless integration between the curtains and the rod.

Classification of Curtain Hooks

There are two classifications of curtain hooks. These are the shower hooks and the drapery hooks. These two primarily differ in materials components, versatility, and style.

Shower Curtain Hooks


It is important to note that shower curtain hooks are constantly exposed in a moisture-filled, damp environment. That is why manufacturers came up with specific raw materials that are water-resistant.

The materials utilized for these ceiling curtain hooks comprise plastic and rust-resistant metals such as stainless steel, copper, and brass. Their exceptional ability to resist rust and repel water renders them an ideal choice for a diverse range of projects around the house.

However, shower curtain hooks were limited to simple, uncomplicated designs compared to drapery hooks.

Drapery Hooks

The best feature of drapery hooks lies in their designs. Since dampness is not a concern, it overflows with a wide array of material selections that range from wood, metal, and plastic, which are not necessarily waterproof.

These hooks seamlessly blend in with the intricate designs of rods and drapes while providing sturdy support for heavy curtains.

Here are the various curtain hooks types available, each with unique features and benefits.

1. Rolling Shower Curtain Hooks


The rolling shower curtain hooks often feature rolling beads inserted at the curtain hook that touches the rod. These beads smoothly glide on the curtain rod as you push or pull the shower curtain to close or open.

Some examples of these curtain hook styles are as follows:

  • The Goowin shower curtain hook which has a horseshoe shape with both ends curved outward
  • Titanker hooks that come in half and full gourd shapes
  • The Amazer shower curtain rings with an oblong shape

2. Plastic Shower Hooks


Plastic shower hooks are the preferred choice due to their noiseless movement. Compared to metal, plastic curtain hooks produce minimal noise when moving, thus reducing any potential discomfort to the ear when sliding the shower curtain.

Shower curtain hooks made of plastic provide an extensive range of colors to pair flawlessly on any shower curtain and rod.

In addition, if you are on a tight budget, choosing this is more cost-efficient than metal hooks and does not require any complicated installation process.

3. S-Hooks


As the letter suggests, S-hooks imitate the shape of the letter S. They are usually used to attach curtain types with built-in buttonholes. Just insert the lower hook into the curtain holes and then hang the upper one on the rod.

S-hooks come in different hook sizes. The standard-sized hooks may be used for securing shower curtains, while the larger ones are ideal for hanging draperies. They come in different designs also, so you can choose the perfect one to connect your curtains and rod.

The open design of S-hooks enables effortless placement and removal of curtains. However, this very nature may result in poorer rod grips compared to the secure holding of the other curtain hooks.

4. Pin-on Hooks

The term pin hook for curtain refers to metal wire bent like a fishing hook. This hook securely fastens and holds the curtains to the rod. It consists of two components: the prong and the hook.

The prong is inserted into the curtain header or the pleats of the curtains, while the curved hook is attached to the curtain rod rings or track rings.

A pin hook is one of the types of hook that do not seek attention. It remains hidden from sight underneath the curtain header and lets the curtain take all the attention.

Variations of Pin-On Hooks


  •  Pointed Top Pin Hook

The pointed top type of pin hook has a sharp end-point prong inserted evenly into the header of a plain curtain or embedded in the curtain pleats for a proportional curvature and appearance.

  • Long-neck Pin Hook

Long-neck is another variation of a pin hook with a longer prong than its hook. It caters to curtains with deep headers and thick draperies manufactured from heavy textiles.

When you opt for this kind of curtain hook and wash your curtains often, be aware that they may be challenging and complicated to remove once installed.

5. Pleat Hooks


Pleated curtain hooks are also called prong hooks. They may look the same as pin-on hooks, but pleat hooks have a specific design to form pleatings on plain curtains. Also, they come in various styles, and their prongs vary from two to four-prongs.

This type of curtain hanging pin secures and displays plain curtains uniquely. The prong part is inserted into the curtain header to create several pleatings depending on the prong style available.

However, though it transforms a plain curtain into a more beautiful and smart-looking piece, its downside is that the pleatings drastically narrow down the width of the curtain, and it is difficult to take off once attached.

6. Clip Ring and Clip Hooks


Curtain clip hooks are clips or clamps attached to curtain rod rings or directly to the rod itself. Their function is to securely hold the upper seam of the curtain panels to the rod.

Unlike pin hooks and pleat hooks, these clip hooks are crafted to be visually captivating.

Clip hooks or snap hooks are mostly aluminum and stainless steel. They are perfect for both lightweight curtains and heavy drapes. They have a wide variety of colors, and various sizes are also available, perfectly matching the theme of your chosen curtains.

7. Curtain Holdback


Curtain holdbacks are different from all the previous hooks discussed above. It is a large curtain hook that mostly comes in a U-shape, screwed to the side wall near the window frame that effortlessly holds back curtains. It functions as a decorative element that holds the curtain in place.

Although, it is crucial to note that holdbacks may not be ideal for every type of curtain and may not provide adequate support for heavier curtains.

8. Magnetic Hooks


The popularity of magnetic hooks is overshadowing the old-fashioned curtain hooks lately for hanging curtains. These hooks are unique in design and easily recognizable in various sizes and therefore offer different weight-bearing capacities for curtain hanging purposes.

The great benefits of using magnetic hooks are:

  • Curtain rod brackets no longer require drilling holes, as these hooks are easily movable.
  • Magnets strongly adhere to window frames without using any screws or bolts.
  • Resistant to rusting.

However, magnetic hooks are only suitable for aluminum or metal window frames due to the nature of magnets. They do not clamp on window frames that do not have magnetic properties.

How to Choose the Right Curtain Hooks for Your Curtain


When selecting the right curtain hooks for your curtains, consider the type of curtain, compatibility with curtain hanger types, style and design, and functionality.

Select a curtain hook that provides a stable curtain attachment and ensures they are displayed appropriately.

Also, it is crucial to think about their compatibility with your curtain rods or track. Certain curtain rods may demand specific types of curtain hooks to fit and operate correctly.

You may want to experiment with curtain hanging options by mixing and matching the colors of materials to achieve the perfect window look. Additionally, analyze and consider the ease of installation and use for each curtain hook, along with their durability and maintenance needs.


When selecting shower curtain hooks and drapery hooks, it is crucial to understand the different types of curtain attachments available in the marketplace. Each type has exclusive characteristics and benefits that provide a fresh outlook on curtain hooks.

Also, the highlights of the different curtain attachment types discussed above bring new knowledge, clarify confusion, and create new perspectives.

The key points in choosing the appropriate curtain fasteners empower you to choose the perfect hook to improve the aesthetic appeal of your curtain treatments, whether a drapery or shower curtain.

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