Windows with Style:
A Guide to Curtain Rods
Curtain Rods come in many shapes, sizes, colors and styles. All the terms and technical lingo can be quite confusing so let's take some time and shed some light on drapery hardware.
Curtain rod generally refers to standard rods without a traversing mechanism. This means that the curtains are stationary or on rings. Decorative curtain rods are made of wrought iron, metals and wood. When using rings, remember that a bracket in the center will prevent full movement along the rod. If you desire a layered look for your window, choose a double bracket that mounts one rod right in front of another. You can also use a standard curtain rod with a small projection underneath a more decorative rod on the outside to achieve the same look.
A traverse rod is a rod with a mechanism by which attached draperies can be drawn with a pull cord or baton. A two-way traverse rod pulls the draperies to both sides of the window from the center. A one-way traverse rod pulls the draperies to either the left or right side of the window. Traverse rods also come in decorative styles. Check out our new collection of contemporary metal traversing rods. Flexible curtain track and commercial grade curtain track have many applications in decorating today.
Finials are the decorative piece on the end of a curtain rod. There is no limit to the styles and colors of finials. We have everything from sleek, sophisticated styles to bamboo to parrots and bears. If you do not have room for finials, you can use end caps which can be plain or elaborate.
Rings are a popular way to hang draperies on the curtain rod. Rings can be elaborately carved wood or solid brass or metal. Some have spring clips to clip onto the drapery - others have eyes that are used with a drapery pin or sewn onto the curtain.
Holdbacks or Tiebacks can be used in many ways. If you want the drapery panels to frame the window, using tiebacks or holdbacks can help to provide a soft curve on each side. For a soft fall of drape, attach the tieback or holdback either 1/3 down from the top of the window treatment or 1/3 of the way up from the bottom of the panel. A holdback is usually hardware where a tieback is usually some form of soft treatment made of fabric or trim.
Wands or Batons are used to push or pull draperies open and closed.
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