How to choose tiebacks for outdoor curtains


Finishing touches are very significant when it comes to covering your windows and curtains. Extra touches and fittings can finish off with a better look and make all the alterations between a stunning-looking curtain & an average-looking one.

When you have taken a lot of time agonizing over which fabric to select, what style of curtain to go for, what kind of curtain pole and tracks to select, and how or who to fit each of them, you may need to think about those little extra touches & all the accessories like tiebacks for curtains which gives a complete feel.

Tie-backs for outdoor curtains

Tie-backs are made from very soft & flexible material, typically of the identical fabric as the curtains, or of good-looking twisted, satin rope with a decorative tassel at the front. But there are many curtain tieback ideas and there is no restriction on what they can be made of, what size they are made of, and whether they should be flexible or rigid. You can also find wire and bead versions, awesome crystal glass ones, and fancy ribbon ones.

Many other materials are also imaginatively used to make tie-backs including the whole thing from shells to twigs, fancy branches, and even metal chains. If you are not the arty & creative type though or you are not one for carrying the outdoors indoors, then you only want to pop over to the home wares unit to find a fabulous selection of ready-made tie back with a good stylish, and impressive design.

If you are ordering from an extensive collection of made-to-measure curtains, do not forget you can add good-looking matching tie-backs to your order.

Various types of Curtain Tiebacks

A tie-back needs to be very flexible and soft enough to bend, as it is intended to wrap around the curtain and should contain all the fabric in a single curtain. The curtain is gathered into soft folds or pleats once it is hung and a tie-back is then positioned around all of the pleats to hold them in place and pull the front edge of the curtains back a little from the window area.

This creates a tenderly curved drape effect which is very good-looking and gives some good style and shape to the curtain dressing. Tiebacks usually have ‘D’ shaped rings stitched to either end. These ‘D’ rings are then bent onto a tie-back hook which is attached to the wall next to the outside edge of the curtain, at a height that looks attractive to the eye, to save them in place.

If the hangings are full working curtains, then the tie-backs are released from the hooks before the draperies are drawn together in the closed position and substituted again once the curtains are unfastened. There are a lot of curtain tieback ideas

and a selection of tie-back hooks is available so make sure you remember to purchase some with your order so you can complete your job off properly.

Where to put the curtain tie backs

The rule here is, that you have to position the curtain first, and then you have to tie back a third of the way up from anywhere the curtain ends. So, you can take the full curtain drop length, then divide it by three and position it one-third of the way up from the lowest.

Some Types of curtain tie backs

There is no limitation to the kinds of tiebacks you can use. Usually, the types include:

  • Ornamental ruched tiebacks,
  • Fancy Tassel tiebacks and
  • Good Pendulum tiebacks.

In many instances, you can also find holdbacks included in this, but there are some distinguishing differences between the two.

How to fit the curtain tie backs

First, you will want to measure where your tiebacks are to be located, and mark this. How you are then going to fit the tiebacks will hinge on the type that you are using and each type contains specific instructions on this.


Tiebacks always give an added look and there are many types of tiebacks for outdoor curtains and you can choose them based on the type. Design and materials of the curtains you use.