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A-Z Window treatments and Curtain Hardware. QUIZ


You’ve made all the way through the A-Z Window Treatment lessons! Ready for a Quiz?
1. Narrow tubular pleats, used on stationery panels
2. Sheer under curtains that hang next to the window
3. A flat paneled fabric shade that folds up into accordion pleats
4. A drapery header with a series of large cylindrically shaped pleats
5. Decorative fabric sashes that hold drapery panels open
6. A fabric shade that pulls up into soft swags
7. A very full fabric shade often sewn with inverted pleats between each swag
8. Sewn to form a reverse box pleat
9. An milky looking layer sewn inside a drapery to block light
10. A shallow decorative box designed to conceal drapery hardware
11. Decorative embellishment attached to each end of a curtain rod
12. A large cornice piece that entirely frames a window
13. A fabric window topper typically 12 to 18 inches long
14. A channel sewn to the top or bottom of a curtain
15. A window treatment of fabric swathed over the top of a window
16. Short curtains hanging from a curtain rod
17. The place on each side of a window where a drapery folds back when fully opened
18. Length from the front of a drapery rod back to the wall
19. A cascade of fabric hanging down the sides of a window


A. Pencil pleats
B. Goblet pleats
C. Roman Shade
D. Glass curtains
E. Inverted pleats
F. Blackout lining
G. Tiebacks
H. Roman shade
I. Balloon shade
J. Austrian shade
K. Finial
L. Jabot
M. Lambrequin
N. Return
O. Stackback
P. Swag
Q. Café curtains
R. Rod pocket
S. Cornice
T. Valance


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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.

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-Z WIndow Treatments and Curtain Hardware Part III


Are you interested in learning even more about window coverings and curtain hardware? These terms will help you become more informed about headers, Hopper windows, jabot, and knotting. This is part three of your go-to guide.

Graber Drapery Hardware: Since 1939 Graber has been in the drapery hardware and curtain rod business making quality hardware at competitive prices.
Header: The top edge of a rod-pocket curtain that forms a ruffle when the curtain is on the rod.

Helser Brothers Drapery Hardware: Helser Brothers recognizes the critical role strong manufacturing processes, precision metal working, tight tolerances, and extremely high quality would play when combined with over-the-top customer service. Competitive and simple pricing, guaranteed quick turn-around time, original custom designs, and a six-point check and balance system to ensure clients get exactly what they order each and every time.

House Parts Drapery Hardware: House Parts has been in the business of making high quality drapery hardware since 1979 at some of the most competitive prices. House Parts Draper Hardware captures the aesthetic qualities of both European and American craftsmanship in the replicas that the company produces.

Hopper Windows : These windows are hinged at the bottom and open inward from the top – the reverse of awning windows.
Inside Mount Drapery Rods(Wooden): Continental Window Fashions offers several options for wooden inside mount curtain rods.

Iron Art by Orion Swing Arms: A high end, elegant and sturdier swing arm and crane curtain rods. Made of high quality iron, Iron Art swing arm curtain rods from Orion are able to hold heavier drapes than other swing arms. Available in custom lengths, various mounting plates, 3 projections and a 35 Iron Art finishes.

Jabot: A piece of fabric, long or short, which drape down on either side of a swag or valance, often pleated and tapered.
Kick Pleated Valances: Valances that are constructed like box pleats, but with the pleats spaced further apart.

Kirsch Drapery Hardware: No matter what type of curtain rod or drapery hardware item you are looking for you can find it at Kirsch. Traverse rods, wooden curtain rods and finials are just a few of the collection that Kirsch has to offer.

Knotting: A technique used when looping and arranging fabric panels.


  Kirsch Drapery Hardware has dominated the drapery industry in recent years. Supplying hotels, restaurants and commercial buildings with custom made curtain rods and hardware has earned Kirsch Drapery a loyal following of commercial designers and do-it-yourselfers. Kirsch is setting the industry standard of excellence by offering an extensive line of high quality curtain rods and drapery hardware at affordable prices.
  Kirsch’s diverse collection of drapery hardware and curtain rods cover a vast terrain of tastes and styles. In the Kirsch Traverse collection we feature our “superfine” traverse rod,  the finest and most durable traverse curtain rods available on the market. They are adjustable  rods that come packed with all the hardware needed to either wall or ceiling mount. Our superfine traverse rod can also be equipped with a motor. Very easy to install, this motor can be operated automatically on a timer schedule. Our traverse rods are one of the most popular features because they add convenience and home security when traveling. Kirsch’s wooden rods and finials from our Wood Trend collection have such a great reputation for being elegant, rich and full of character. For instance, our Urban Comfort collection is a graceful balance of traditional and Zen-like simplicity. Urban Comfort offers transitional design style alternatives to fit many distinct tastes. Dark wood tones, such as black and dark chocolate, add a warm comfort to the window but still, keep a classic feel. Beautifully rich colors bring out the wood’s subtle grains and character. Combined with furniture grade finishes this line is a totally original design statement. Kirsch also showcases its Buckingham collection and Renaissance collection which is considered to be the “high end” in wooden drapery. Royal etiquette and majestic wealth come to mind when selecting this hardware. These collections add a  modern upgrade with an old world look and feel.
  All Kirsch Drapery Hardware are hand painted and custom finished. Kirsch continues to provide harmonious proportions, beautiful finishes, and superb craftsmanship to bring rich expression of style to today’s lifestyles.

Urban Dwellings: The New Kid on the Block

On this day in 1893, the largest land run in history began with more than 100,000 people pouring into the Cherokee Strip of Oklahoma to claim valuable land.  With a single shot from a pistol, the mad dash began, and land-hungry pioneers on horseback and in carriages raced forward to stake their claims to the best acres of land. Declaring their independence, it was at that very moment, the do it yourself attitude was born.

Now, here in 2012, the D I Y era is going strong. You now have the ability to customize everything in your home, even the drapes. Urban Dwellings drapery hardware allows you to be both hip and trendy. Each Urban Dwelling item is meticulously hand crafted from solid wood and then kiln dried. Made from real wood that is both natural and sustainable.  All components are carefully hand finished. Wood poles, drapery finials, brackets and wood rings are all painted using high quality lead free paints. With colors like fruitwood, SOHO ebony, urban bronze to walnut you can be sure to add fashionable flair to any room.

For those looking to shop GREEN, Urban Dwellings is artistic, uncomplicated, and refreshingly urban minded, with a keen eye for architectural detail. Urban Dwellings may be the new kids on the block, but they are the next, big hit in the drapery hardware industry.

Continental Window Fashions is an on-line retailer offering drapery hardware, window treatments. We offer highly competitive on-line market, low product prices and top-notch customer service. Located just outside Orlando, FL Continental Window Fashions ships thousands of  items throughout the United States and the World every year. With over 26 years experience in the industry, our goal is to help every customer gain insight and knowledge into the world of window fashion by offering our expert advice for free. We not only want to have competitive pricing, we also want to focus on 100%  customer satisfaction.

Contemporary Drapery Hardware

By definition contemporary means living or existing at the same time, modern or of or about the same age or date.  Contemporary drapery hardware by definition would be sleek, modern, shiny our even something that looks ahead of its time.  Since we have been in the business, about 20 years, we have seen styles come and go.  But one style has always been a good seller and could be just the right fit for you.  If you are someone that likes clean line and cutting edge design then you are a candidate for some of more modern hardware lines.  Most often this drapery hardware will consist of simple and clean lined finial designs on some sort of simple tubing.  Finishes most often associated with contemporary drapery hardware would be a brushed nickle our polished chrome.  Since there are so many ways to create this modern and contemporary it often is best to consult with a window fashion professional staff her at Continental Window Fashions.  We will help you with the making the right decision selecting your contemporary hardware.  Here are some quick links to some of our more popular collections:

As always you can call us for a free over the phone consultation with one of our on staff designers. 1-866-375-4500

Decorating My Kid’s Rooms – From the Nursery to the College Dorm

Curtain Rods and Drapery HardwareThe rooms of your children will likely deviate from the central theme of your home. As children begin to grow up, they want to impose their own tastes upon their living spaces. Wise parents understand the child’s need to have some control over his or her environment and will accommodate it when possible. One of the quickest and easiest decorating changes you can make involves your window treatments, including the fabrics, drapery hardware and curtain rods.

The Room Grows Up

As your child grows up, his or her room will also need to mature. For this reason, choose a window treatment style that will change with minimal work. Simple sheers over blinds with a flowing scarf may appeal to teenage girls, while younger children love the puffy, balloon-like look of a stuffed valance. For boys of all ages, you will probably want to keep it simple with clean lines and a minimum of fuss.

Planning ahead can help you make the room “grow up” along with your child. You can make decorating miracles happen with just fabric and hardware while keeping the walls neutral; this strategy will help you tailor your child’s room to his age and personality at each step of the way

It Doesn’t End at the WindowNotre Dame Bedding - Continental Window Fashions

Continental also offers an exclusive line of bedding from Sports Coverage, Inc. What better way to decorate your college student’s dorm than sporting the colors from their institution of choice. From Notre Dame Golds, to Michigan Big Blue, your son or daughter will accent their room with the colors that define the history of some of the country’s proudest colleges.

Or if you prefer, Continental Windows also boasts Major League Baseball Bedding and NFL bedding, so your baseball or football fan can show off their favorite teams.

Window Treatments for All Ages

Many decorators fail to consider the windows of a room as a major part of the overall scheme. Simply tossing on some mini-blinds or even a set of curtains simply isn’t enough to pull the room together as a complete package. You should consider the size and number of windows relative to the size of the room, and make sure that your windows aren’t overpowering the rest of the decor. If the window of a room isn’t the intended focal point, make sure not to force that appearance with your window treatments.

For the smallest of children, safety will be your primary concern. Make sure you place your baby’s crib or bassinet well away from any windows. Your child should not be able to reach the fabric or cords of any blinds or drapes. Older children may want to have some input on the types of window treatments that you use. If so, be sure to consider their desires when picking out the fabric, curtain rods and drapery hardware.