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It’s All About Tension


Today’s lesson is all about tension rods! Spring tension rods are a great way to hang shower curtains or other light window curtains in tight spots. They require very little assembly and no hardware at all to install. They won’t hold very heavy drapes, but are great in kitchens for cafe curtains, and bathrooms for shower curtains.

A tension rod is an adjustable rod made with springs on the inside and a plastic or metal circular bar on the outside and is generally adjustable within a small margin, without causing any damage to the wall or window frame where it is installed. A tension rod is easy for almost anyone to install and use, without needing to have any building or installation know-how. Tension rods however, are only recommended for light weight curtains and limited to a width of 84 inches. Why is there an 84″ limitation? Tension curtain rods are designed to hold very little weight and do not have a center bracket for support. Longer spans and heavier weights will cause the tension rod to either bow or sag in the middle or fall down all together because they cannot support the weight .Graber Spring Tension Rods offered by Continental Window Fashions are your best bet when it comes to purchasing tension rods.


Usually, a tension rod features a long bar in the middle with two flat rubber ends. The rubber ends are designed to be non-slip, to prevent the bar from sliding off the wall or window. How do they work? A tension rod uses a spring and a screw to create tension between the rod and the wall, making them fully adjustable. The concept is basic. Two pieces of metal or plastic fit inside each other. A coil spring is placed inside the rod and pushes one piece against the other. A screw is used to keep the placement of the coil in the right area so the tension will remain.


If you’re looking for an inexpensive and easy solution for hanging curtains, consider tension curtain rods. Since they save you from putting holes in your walls, they are a great solution for hanging curtains in a rental property. Tension rods can work in place of almost any curtain rod. Tension rods are considerably lighter than traditional curtain rods and they are made of two pieces, so the fabric must be light enough to keep the rod from bowing in the middle .Sheer window treatments work well with these types of rods when standing in place for curtain rods.
Tension rods offer the best stability inside a window frame where the two ends can be tightened to create tension against the supporting walls. Used this way, the rods can create a variety of styles. One of the most common kitchen treatments requires placement of the tension rod at the middle of the window. Tiers are then created to hang from the rod to the bottom of the window sill. In combination with a valance or swag at the top, you have created cafe curtains. Valances can also be hung by a tension rod mounted inside the window frame of a door.


Continental Window Fashions is proud to present this collection of high quality drapery hardware to their loyal customers. With free shipping on orders of $100 or more and 9am – 5pm customer support, Monday- Friday, Continental Window Fashions strives to make your ordering process as simple as possible. Online ordering is available or you may call us toll free at 866-375-4500 to place your order over the phone