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The Swing Arm

 

Swing arm curtain rods are drapery hardware that have a hinge at one end. They are particularly good for small windows in bathrooms, the windows on doors, or any other place that it would be more convenient to swing the curtain to the side rather than to slide it to either side on the rod. You could even use them on a wider window if you wanted, by using a pair that would swing out from the center of the window.

 

The best thing about these rods is that they are decorative as well as functional. Umbra, the worldwide leader in casual, contemporary, affordable designer drapery hardware for the home makes swing arm rods designed for light weight drapery treatments and are available in bronze, and pewter.

Swing arm curtain rods are especially useful for French doors because they allow you to simply swing curtains to the side instead of pushing them out of the way. It is important to mount swing arm curtain rods correctly. Follow these simple steps for an easy installation.

*Consider where you want to mount the swing arm curtain rods. Your options include the wall closest to the door, outside or inside the frame or even on the ceiling above the frame. Make sure the arm can move easily from the location you choose.

*Measure the width of the window.

*Determine where you want the curtain rod to swing, this may either be to the frame or near the upper edge of the window.

*Mark the screws in the right position.

*Before installing the screws drill holes. You may need drywall anchors if you do not strike a stud when drilling.

*Keep in mind that you need to level both the curtain rods with the side by side windows. Screw in the swing arm curtain rods and move them back and forth to ensure that they swing freely. If you find impeded movement of the arm, you may have to alter its position.

What Exactly is a Bay WIndow?

Bay window is a common term for a protruding window construction. Most of the time they are polygon shapes or square in design, but they also may curved. In its most basic form, a bay window consists of two protruding windows. A bay window can add depth and architectural elements to your home, and provide a wonderful opportunity to stretch your decorating muscles. A bay window can be a cozy place to sip your coffee, or it can provide a frame for a picturesque view.

 

The best part of the bay window is usually the view. Don’t take away from this natural asset by overpowering your window with clutter. Consider the room you’re window is in. If it is adjacent to a busy dining area or kitchen, it’s probably best to minimize the decorations. However, if it bookends a grand library or formal dining room, color, texture and pattern would be the ideal enhancement.

 

If you have a bay window, you really must have a window seat. There isn’t anything nicer then curling up with a good book in the afternoon sun. If your window did not come with a seat, put wall cabinets in under your window and top with bright cushions. If that will not work, place a comfy chair or some floor cushions next to it. Just be sure to give yourself the chance to linger comfortably and enjoy the view.

 
Another tip is to frame your window with color: add some potted and hanging plants and flowers that thrive in sunlight. They will enhance the view of your yard and bring some nature into the room if yours is a city view.  There are also so many choices when it comes to window treatments for your bay window. A classic Roman shade or blind is versatile and will help avoid over-decorating the space. Shutters, either wooden or sleek metal, are perfect for creating a private, cozy nook.

 
Draperies and curtains will add bright color and texture to your window. If you want to extend the appearance of width use curtains or drapes to cover the walls framing the area. This technique will let in the sunlight while keeping the charm and color of curtains. Sheer curtains are also an option to keep your window private without blocking the light. Sheers will add texture to the room and can be dressed up with bright curtain panels or valances.

 

A bay window can even be a child’s special place to dream and play. It’s easy to find kid-themed decorations that can be anything from stars to dance to transportation or sports. Base your decorating theme on your child’s interests. Don’t worry if his interests change; most window cling decorations can be designed to be temporary and will not hurt window glass, walls or window seat if they need to be removed.

 

We’ll look some more at this topic next time. In the meanwhile, start that template we discussed the other day and order your hardware so we can get started!

Your Bay Window

 

Bay windows are fashionable features in many homes. Their  unusual angled shape is striking in itself, and they  let in plenty of natural light and provide panoramic views However, when it comes to hanging  curtains and curtain hardware, many homeowners are often perplexed as to  how to handle the window’s unusual shape. Often these windows have a window seat as well. Don’t let the challenge of curtain or drapery hardware frighten you away from  drawing attention to this lovely spot in your home. There are some creative options for bay window hardware that are fairly easy to install.

Bay window curtain rods are designed in several pieces but work together as one rod. They are specially designed so  that each of the three rod sections is individually adjustable in length. This allows you to tailor each rod section to your specific bay window for a custom fit. Graber makes custom bay and bow window traverse curtain rods that are heavy duty and designed to carry about 1 1/2 pound per foot. Great if you are planning on hanging lush draperies. Graber’s rods are custom made traverse rods that are made to your exact measurements. They suggest that you make a template to help eliminate any possible mistakes due to inconsistent window shapes as well as take precise measurements. As a matter of fact, call them, and they will gladly walk you through the process.

 

Once you receive your hardware, what do you do next?

 

*Have someone on hand to help if you choose to hang curtains on one bay window rod. A bay curtain rod is basically  an adjustable track that can be bent to conform to the contour of the windows allowing the draperies to hang along one rod instead of three separate rods. Follow the manufacturer’s instructions for hanging the bay curtain rod. Use the included hardware and drill holes to firmly secure it in the woodwork.

*Slide the curtains onto the rods before mounting them. Adjust the curtains to make them hang evenly along the rods.

*Add tie backs for a decorative touch. Put
the tie-backs at the approximate level of where there would be a window seat.
There are so many options with a bay window and so many ways to dress it, and to utilize it. Check back later as we discover how to live with a bay window.

A-Z Window Treatments and Curtain Hardware Part VII

 

 

Are you interested in learning even more about window coverings and curtain hardware? These terms will help you become more informed about wrought iron and wooden drapery hardware. This is the last segment of your go-to guide to curtain and drapery hardware.

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Window Scarf: A long piece of fabric casually draped over a pole or rod at the top of a window much like a valance. The center is gently pulled down to create a soft curve.
Wrought Iron Rod Sets: Looking for a complete line that includes everything from iron rings and brackets to several different finial choices? LJB Wrought Iron Drapery Hardware designs wrought iron drapery rods, finials, brackets and curtain rod rings. All finials, brackets and rings are solid wrought iron and are available in a variety of sizes. All wrought iron curtain rods can be cut to size, these are not telescopic. Need 110 double curtain rods? No problem, you can order extra-long curtain rods up to 16 feet from LJB.
Wooden Drapery Hardware and Curtain Rods: One of the largest selections of wooden drapery hardware can only be found Continental Window Fashions. They feature wooden drapery rods from all the major manufacturers like Kirsch, Paris Texas, and the Finial Company. First you can select your choice of wood poles, then the wood drapery rod brackets followed by the wooden curtain rings of your choice. To finish off your wood drapery hardware you can also select the available wood curtain rod finials or simple wood end caps. Its mix and match at its best!
Wooden Hardware from the Finial Company: Custom wooden drapery hardware items are hand finished to your specifications. They start with unfinished high quality raw materials and finish everything from your order at once to match perfectly. If you’re looking to make a statement with your window treatments, the Finial Company is the way to go with literally hundreds of combinations to choose from.
Wooden Hardware from Kirsch Buckingham Drapery Hardware: Kirsch Buckingham wooden drapery hardware is all hand finished and custom order only. This is Kirsch’s high end wooden drapery hardware collection. Kirsch offers a large selection of decorative curtain rods, finials, rings, brackets, hold-backs and sconces. If you’re looking for drapery hardware to match your exquisite taste, then look no further. Available in 1 3/8 inch, 2 inch and 3 inch diameters.
Wooden Traverse Rods from Kirsch Estate: Kirsch Estate Ultra wooden traverse rods emphasize sophistication while traversing heavy weight draperies of up to 56 pounds. Indulge your imagination with the numerous finials and finish selections that coordinate with the Kirsch Buckingham collection.
All of the Estate Ultra traverse rods come complete with the necessary brackets and 3 traverse slides.
Wooden Trends Collection from Kirsch: 1 3/8″ Wood Trends drapery hardware collection is one of the best-selling wooden drapery hardware lines in the United States. Kirsch’s reputation for quality curtain rods is obvious in number of components offered, such as swivel sockets, hidden brackets, wooden elbows and decorative hold-backs.
Wooden Somerset Collection from Paris Texas: The Paris Texas Somerset Collection is a breathtaking collection inspired by the architectural elements found for centuries in the gardens of England. Picture Somerset Collection filling the window niches of your home with design inspiration taken from classic urns, benches and statuary.
Wooden Collection from Robert Allen Costume: Antique hatpins discovered in a Paris antique market were the inspiration for this collection. The use of opaque and translucent materials in classic forms is a luxury for your home.
Wooden Vesta Highland Timber 2 3/4 Inch Collection: Vesta’s Highland Timber 2 3/4″ collection features a gallery of masterfully carved wood finials and drapery hardware accessories. All components are made available as unfinished and in stain-grade so that they become the blank canvas for your own unique interpretations.

A Gallery of Your Own

 

 

The weather has been unsettled here in the North East, and there are a lot of children stuck indoors. Why not set out a few bowls of paint and a lot of paper, and watch the fun begin. Later, after wiping down the kids, the dog, tables, and walls from paint splatters you are left with some really beautiful masterpieces! Of course every piece of art needs to be displayed and the fridge only holds so much. Wouldn’t it be wonderful if you could frame each and every piece and then dedicate a room as a gallery? Hold on just a minute. Step back and take a deep breath. These are finger paint pictures. By small people!

There is a solution however. Continental Window Fashions has a wonderful Old World, Spanish influenced drapery hardware collection that embraces modern touches. Kirsch Wrought Iron Drapery Hardware designers, have worked with interior designers from around the country to shape an exciting collection that ranges from classic profiles to unmistakably modern motifs. Single and double brackets, hold-backs, rings, finials and a solidly-made 1″ wrought iron curtain rod dazzle in five finishes. The Kirsch collection is a striking expression that is both organic and sophisticated. Your children’s art work now has a home!

Attach the rods to the wall on any of Kirsch’s brackets, and then using their wrought iron drapery clips, hang the masterpieces where everyone can see them! Be sure to attach the brackets to the studs in the wall for added safety, and then host an opening for the newest gallery in town.

Continental Window Fashions is a dream come true any home or business owner seeking to add beauty and elegance to their home. Kirsch Drapery Hardware is among the finest in the industry and 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.

House Parts Drapery Hardware Has it all!

Continental Window Fashions is now featuring the House Parts Drapery Hardware, a prestigious line of decorative metal hardware designs to accommodate even the most discriminate of tastes. House Parts has been in the business of making high quality drapery hardware since 1979 at some of the most competitive prices. At House Parts Draper Hardware, we continue to capture the aesthetic qualities of both European and American craftsmanship to replicate the distinct design features that are in demand today. Uniquely designed with elegance that is unsurpassed, this drapery hardware is classic, contemporary, traditional and retro, a beautiful accessory to any home decor. All pieces are hand-cast and hand-finished. Inherent variations add to the unique and individual charm of each piece. Some originals are from National and International museums, private collections, and dismantled historic structures. Artistic and technical knowledge, as well as skillful molding result in brilliant hardware not found in typical collections. Talented artisans who have worked for the company for many years are behind the unique construction and hand finished pieces House Parts Drapery Hardware is proud to offer.
Drapery hardware from House Parts is ready to ship to you very quickly.  Available in just days instead of weeks, House Parts is a great choice for quality drapery hardware at an unbeatable price. With all of the popular wooden drapery pole sizes along with complete metal sets and 1″ wrought iron, House Parts has all of the styles you need. And, don’t forget to check out the House Parts Iron!

Continental Window Fashions is the company to turn to for window treatments.   House Parts Drapery Hardware is among the finest in the industry and Continental Window Fashions is proud to present this collection of high quality drapery hardware to their appreciative customers. With free shipping on orders of $100 or more and 9am – 5pm customer support, Monday- Friday, Continental Window Fashions is dedicated to making your ordering process as simple as possible. Online ordering is always available or you may call us toll free at 866-375-4500 to place your order over the phone.

Kirsch for the Most Elegant of Occassions

When Steely Dan was “drink[ing] kirschwasser from a shell” (Babylon Sisters, 1980), they probably never pictured the awe-inspiring Kirsch Drapery Hardware, an extensive line of decorative metal hardware. Kirsch Drapery Hardware is one of the largest selling brands of drapery hardware and its quality craftsmanship underscores the company’s commitment to excellence. Kirsch has been manufacturing drapery rods and drapery hardware accessories for decades and knows just what it takes to create a quality curtain rod or hardware accessory. Kirsch has combined an eclectic mix of wood and metal decorative hardware to accent any style. Whichever type of drapery hardware  you are looking  for, Kirsch is sure to have it.  Traverse rods,  wooden curtain rods and finials  Kirsch has what you need to create spectacular window fashions.

The Kirsch Buckingham wooden curtain rods are all hand finished and available as custom orders only. This collection is considered to be Kirsch’s high end wooden drapery hardware collection. Available in 1 3/8 inch, 2 inch and 3 inch diameters, the Buckingham®decorative drapery hardware collection will give you the rich heritage of old world England in today’s most discerning homes by following in the tradition of fine craftsmanship. Each piece is intricately detailed and hand finished and is as distinctive as it is beautiful to transform any window into a vision of grandeur.

Enhancing the beauty of your home can be made simple and fun using quality drapery treatments and decorative curtain rod hardware to dress up your windows. Our curtain rod hardware allows you to frame your windows with decorative draperies enhancing the charm and beauty of your home. Steely Dan may have been in it for shallow experiences, but you will revel in the grandeur and elegance of Kirsch for all of your occasions to come.
Continental Window Fashions is a dream come true for window designers and any home or business owner seeking to add beauty and elegance to their windows. Kirsch Drapery Hardware is among the finest in the industry and 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. For complete Kirsch drapery hardware sale details please visit our Promotions Page.