Curtain Rod Glossary
- Horizontal decorative wood trim below the sill.
- The distance from the mounting surface to the
back of the curtain rod. Important consideration if an under treatment is
to be used.
- Decorative end-piece of a rod or pole.
- The top of a rod-pocket curtain which forms a
ruffle when the curtain is on a rod. The pleated portion of a pinch-pleated
- Decorative drapery hardware designed to hold draperies
off to the sides of the window. Also used to hold scarves and create swags
- Pin-on Hook
- A metal pin designed to slide into draperies,
and then to attach (hook) to the carriers/slides of a traverse rod.
- The available depth of the window opening. Important
when considering an inside-mounted treatment. For most treatments, it is necessary
to deduct the space that is taken up by a window crank, latch, sash or any
other protrusion, to assure smooth operation.
- The drapery fabric that covers the area from the
end of the curtain back to the wall. In shirr-on curtains, the fabric is eased
around the corner of the curtain rod. In pin-on draperies, an additional pin
is used at the outside top corners of the drapery and hooked into the rod
- Rod Pocket
- A pocket or casing sewn across the top (and sometimes
bottom) of a curtain panel through which a rod is inserted. Generally, the
pocket should measure 1/2" to 1" larger than the rod.
- The part of the window which includes the glass
and the frame that holds the glass. Normally, the moveable part of the window.
- Sash Rod
- A small rod designed to be mounted inside a window
frame on the sash. View
- A decorative bracket through which fabric is
- Gathering a piece of fabric onto a rod through
a rod pocket.
- The horizontal ledge at the base of the window.
- The amount of wall space occupied by draperies
or vertical blinds when they are completely open.
- Fabric which is draped above a window, possible
extending down the sides.
- Tab Top
- A strip of material attached to the drapery which
slides over the rod or pole, eliminating the need for rings.
- Traverse Rod
- A rod which incorporates draw cords and a pulley
system to open and close draperies. Available in decorative and non-decorative
styles. Designed for use with pin-on draperies. View
- A decorative fabric treatment installed horizontally
across the top of the window.