Learn the Lingo of Drapery Rods and Accessories

Finding just the correct fabric for your own window treatment is vital, but don’t overlook how you will be hanging it. To make sure that your window treatments are just as functional as they are beautiful, you have to understand the hardware options. Whether hidden or exposed, your drapery hardware can be a major design factor in pulling off that supreme statement. Brush up with this jargon and you’ll be an expert very quickly.

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“Center support” To pay any lengthy window span, you want a operational support to hold the bar up against gravity and stop the drapery rod from bowing. Within this image, you can observe the middle support located right in the center of the window.

Hint: Most rods require center supports every 30 to 36 inches.

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“Drapery arms” Very short segments of drapery rods that flank a window (instead of span it) are known as drapery arms. They’re frequently used when the draperies are stationary and purely for decoration.

Hint: In case you’re looking for a new way to add texture to a room, utilizing drapery arms are sometimes a cost-effective alternative, and they need less fabric too.

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“Elbow mounts” If a wall angles and your drapery rod needs to follow, you have to place an elbow mount in the corner realign the rod to the angle of the wall socket.

Hint: Buy elbow mounts at the exact angles needed — the best brackets can be corrected onsite.

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“Finial.” This is a decorative decoration on each end of the drapery rod.

Hint: Some rods come with finials, and some don’t. Buy finials separately to add individual style to a curtain rod.

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“decorative pole.” Any rod that’ll be seen and comes in a finish functions as a decorative rod. Many decorative rods come with matching rings to coincide, as shown here.

Hint: Match your decorative rod with another finishes in the room for complete layout cohesion.

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“Traversing rod.” Whenever you have a full wall of window draperies, opening and closing them can be difficult because of the fabric’s weight. Placing your draperies onto a traversing rod can allow you to open and close them by simply manipulating a series at the end.

Hint: When you have a traversing rod that is not decorative, you can camouflage it using an architectural valance, such as in this photograph.

“Track.” When windows go from floor to ceiling and you have little or wall area, utilize a ceiling-mounted drapery track like in this shot. These draperies glide across the ceiling in perfect unison when closing and opening.

Hint: The drapery course is regarded as a touch more modern in design, so if you’re more of a traditionalist, you might want to consider blinds.

Heather Williamson

“End cap” When your drapery rod runs right into a wall, then you will not be able to place a finial on it. In this photograph, you can observe how one finish has a decorative finial and another end simply has a cap which finishes off the drapery rod.

Hint: In a situation such as this, you can either use two end caps for symmetry or go for asymmetry with one finial and one end cap.

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“Café rod.” When utilizing a café curtain, then you’ll require an unobtrusive rod, since it’s going to be at eye level. An extremely delicate rod that holds an extremely lightweight curtain is known as a café rod.

Hint: Frequently you can mount a café rod within a window casing by using pressure, or mount it out the window casing utilizing hardware.

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