Tiebacks or Holdbacks?

13th February 2019

Redecorating can be a painstaking process, which means you need to make sure you carefully consider each decision. If you’re choosing to bring some new curtains into your home, then, you need to consider whether you’re going to opt for tiebacks or holdbacks.

If you’ve chosen eyelet-headed curtains, this doesn’t apply, but otherwise – continue reading the latest blog post from Swags & Tails to learn the difference and hopefully which one suits you and your home.


an image of curtain ties

Tiebacks are a mechanism made from, usually, a piece of fabric that loops around your curtains – attaching at the wall on both ends – to keep your curtains pulled back into place and out of the way of your windows.

There are different styles of tiebacks, with each coming in materials that suit different curtains for different reasons. The four main styles include braided, cord, matching fabric, and decorative tassel.

Braided tiebacks are strong and generally used for heavier curtains. You can opt for single or multiple braids and they generally offer a traditional look.

Cord tiebacks are, essentially, a rope with a tassel and are another traditional option to keep your curtains in place. They can also come with two tassels.

Matching fabric variations are, naturally, made from the same fabric are your curtain and are more subtle and contemporary than their counterparts.

As the name suggests, decorative tassel tiebacks are very decorative. They are quite similar to cord tiebacks, except with a different mechanism.


an image of curtains with holdbacks

Holdbacks are similar to tiebacks in their function but very different in their style and mechanism. Usually, holdbacks are made from metal and are always rigid in order to keep the curtain in the desired position. You also need to remove a curtain from the holdback, where you remove the tieback from a curtain instead.

You need to consider a few things before buying a holdback, which are mainly determined by the durability you require and also the style of your curtains and home.

Firstly, it’s important to be aware of the weight and size of your curtains so your holdback is substantial enough. In this case, you might also want to consider how often they will be opened/closed.

Secondly, you might also want to consider whether you’re looking for a ‘hook’ or ‘bar’ style holdback. A hook might offer slight more security and a different shape when pulled back but the most important thing is style.

It’s Your Choice

Ultimately, as with everything related to interior design, it comes down to personal taste. Both tiebacks and holdbacks are – essentially – performing the same job and will be as effective at doing so as the other.

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