Window curtains and curtains can be attached to a curtain rod or curtain rail. For a curtain rod, a curtain tape is sewn onto the top of the cut curtain. Hooks are looped into this and are attached to rings that now run over the rod. Curtain rods can be made of metal, wood or plastic and can be decorated in a variety of ways. Occasionally the curtain rod is also replaced by a stretched, thin steel cable. Alternatively, loops made from the material of the curtain can also be used. With these loop curtains, the loops, which are usually a few centimeters wide and sewn onto the top edge of the curtain, rest directly on the curtain rod. To make the loops run more easily on the curtain rod, they can be placed over sliding sleeves. Another variant is to punch metal eyelets into the fabric.
Another way of hanging is to attach the curtain fabric to curtain rails (in Austria Karnisse). Curtain rails are inner runners with a T-shaped or C-shaped profile. They have one or more barrels in which rollers or gliders run, to which the window decoration is attached. A curve is called a spin-through corner. A 90° bend that runs towards the wall is called a return.
Newer hanging systems also allow loop curtains to be hung directly under the ceiling. This is done with so-called loop gliders. These items, usually made of plastic, consist of a thin, straight rod with a sliding block or pair of rollers at each end. The loop sewn to the top edge of the curtain can be placed over the rod. The sliding block or pair of rollers is in the curtain rail, the loop hangs directly under the curtain rail.
Another hanging system also works according to this principle, in which the curtain can be attached to a panel slide using Velcro. Decorations that do not have vertical folds (panel curtains, etc.) are usually best suited for this. The panel slide is slightly larger than a loop glider and is also hooked into a curtain rail with rollers or sliding blocks.
In the past, the curtain pull was installed to open and close the curtains, and then spin rods were used. These are attached to the first curtain ring or to a stronger or double first glider.