How to Install Metal Curtain Grommets

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When it comes to hanging curtains, grommets are perfect for home décor because they look stylish and are simple to install and hang. Creating your own window treatments from our wide array of fabrics and grommets guarantees a custom style that will work in any home. Here we’ll be illustrating how to install metal curtain grommets using the C.S. Osborne W-1 Hand Press. We’ll also provide a handy tip for cutting grommet holes in difficult sheer drapery fabrics.

Our grommet and Hand Press.

Before you begin, you’ll need to decide what type of fabric to use for your curtains or drapery. Many of our lightweight home décor fabrics can be used as curtains. Our drapery fabrics are also a perfect choice for your next project as they are designed to flow and drape nicely around your windows.

For this project, we’re using the Curtain Grommets Nickel Finish #15 (#121332) in combination with our C.S. Osborne W-1 Hand Press (#121274) and W-1 Hand Press Plain Grommet Die Set & Hole Cutter #15 (#121276). The W-1 Hand Press is a versatile tool that cuts holes for and installs brass and nickel spur grommets, vent grommets, ligne 24 snap fasteners and oversized plain grommets. This easy-to-operate hand press is designed to apply the perfect amount of pressure to cut fabric and set your hardware with professional consistency. In the video at the bottom of this page, you'll see the Hand Press in action.

Cutting Holes Using Cardstock

When cutting large grommet holes, you may find there is some amount of difficulty due to the sleekness of fine drapery fabrics. In this case, cardstock is needed for extra stability as it creates a more solid surface to cut through the fabric. The 100% polyester faux silk fabric we use below is a perfect example of when to use this method.

Our grommet and cardstock.

Cutting thin drapery fabrics is a breeze with this simple trick! Just place a layer of cardstock underneath the fabric for better cutting as it stabilizes the fabric and hole cutter. This method also works for cutting with smaller sized attachments but is more effective with the larger holes needed for these 2-inch metal curtain grommets.

Hole cutting with card stock.

What’s been your experience installing metal curtain grommets? Do you have any other tips or tricks for cutting large holes in light drapery fabrics? We’d love to hear from you!