Drapery rods and rings are the jewelry of your windows. They add shimmer to enhance metallic finishes in the room, or if they are bamboo, iron or rich woods, they add a hint of sophistication and the finishing touch to the dressing of the window. If you decide to use finials, the little sculptures of wood, iron or bamboo on the end of the rods, it’s as if you’ve added a tiara to a head full of curls.
Like any dress fitting, the hardware for your windows needs to fit properly. When measuring a window for decorative hardware, follow these simple steps:
*Measure the width of your window treatments, noting whether or not taking you want to mount hardware on the wall or directly on the window trim.
*Allow 1 1/2″ – 3″ on each side of the window for when the drapes are open all the way.
*Consider any extra wall space needed for decorative finials: the rod dimensions do not include additional width added by each finial.
*If you want to make the windows appear larger, mount the curtain rod 6″ above the trim and allow the rod width to extend 3″ beyond the window’s actual width.
Most drapery hardware accessories are designed to provide stylish accents to complete the look of your window treatments. Tiebacks can be used to hold draperies off to the sides of a window and can be as simple fabric strips or can be more elaborate bows. Holdbacks will offer the same functionality as tiebacks, but they consist of rigid, decorative materials that are secured to a wall providing a holder for keeping drapes and curtains in an open position. Rings, clips, hooks and pulls are what connect drapes and curtains to the rod and may be either hidden or decoratively visible. Styles range from simple, unadorned wrought iron rings to clips with decorative leaves or stars. Drapery jewelry can take a number of different forms, such as covered buttons.
If what you are looking for is a completely different look, install a hinged rod. This type of rod allows you to swing curtains back and forth, covering the window when you want it covered and keeping the curtain in another spot when you don’t. Do be sure that it is installed in an area where the curtain provides some decorative value when not covering the window!