Patio doors are lovely because they bring the outdoors inside. However, there comes a time when drawing a curtain over a patio door is necessary. Curtains give privacy to a room and shield it from the hot summer sun and frosty cold air of winter. If you extend the curtain rod past the patio doors, the curtain can stay out of the doorway and provide an unobstructed opening to the outdoors. Hanging a curtain rod can be accomplished by following simple directions using a few simple steps.
*What is the curtain’s stacking width? In other words, what is the width of the curtains when they are pushed open? Put the curtains on the rod and lay them out on the floor or a table, and push them to one side. Measure the width of the gathered end. This is your stacking width.
*With a measuring tape, measure from the upper right corner of the door frame out the number of inches of your stacking width. Mark the spot on the wall with a pencil. Do the same thing on the left side of the door.
*Measure up at least three inches from your corner marks. This is where the rods will be attached to the wall. You always want to be sure that the closed curtains will cover the frame at the top.
*Measure from the mark on the left over to the mark on the right. At the halfway point make another mark. This is where the middle support bracket will go.
*Attach your brackets, hang your rod and enjoy the view!
Not all of us can walk through our home with hammer and nails in hand. If your lease or dorm rules prohibit you from nailing up drapery brackets you need to find a get creative. One solution would be to use a tension rod from Umbra which will allow you to hang lightweight curtains without mounting hardware. You can also use tmporary hook. The kind that stick on the wall and then remove with out damage. As long as your window treatments are not too heavy, either method you select will be adequate for holding up the hardware.
To install a tension rod, measure the length and width of the inside of the window frame. Choose a curtain made from lightweight fabric. The length should ideally be equal to or slightly shorter than the length of the inside of the window frame. The width can vary, depending on how much fullness you desire. Tension rods are adjustable within a certain range. Be sure to pick the longest rod that will fit in your window to ensure the greatest amount of spring tension to keep the rod secure. Turn the end sections of the rod to change the length, making it slightly less wide than the window opening.Slide the curtains on and then place the rod near the top of the wiindow frame at a spot where the hem of the curtain will brush the window sill.
If you decide to uses temporary hooks, attach them as you would nails – one on each corner of the window just outside the frame. It’s best if you leave the hooks in place for about an hour to let the adhesive set up. When picking curtains for this application, make sure the weight of the fabric does not exceed the combined weight of the two hooks.
Sometimes a sheer curtain or one that is lightweight enough to hang from either of these two methods isn’t quite enough. Designed to cling to your window through the use of static electricity, window cling film from Etch Art is completely removable and reusable. Installation is easy. Just wash the window, trim the film to size and apply a layer of water to the window. Place the film against the window and squeegee away any excess water and air. Add a decorative touch or use privacy films to help keep any eyes from looking in.
Now there’s no excuse to be stuck with boring apartment or dormitory vertical blinds ever again. Put away your useless hammer and get out your ruler or tape measure and get to work!
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.
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!
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!
Did you know that the type of drapery hardware you choose can make or break your window’s look? It’s important to choose your hardware before or at the same time as your drapes or curtains. Drapes are usually heavier than curtains and most of the time they require a more stable rod. Because of the more formal nature of drapes, you can use more elaborate hardware than you would with simple, sheer curtains.
Before the drapes can go up, you’ll need a drapery rod. Drapery rods come in a variety of styles, café rods, including decorative rods, concealed rods, and traverse rods. Decorative rods are typically more elaborate and much heavier than other types of rods. As the name implies, concealed rods are hidden by the drapes and traverse rods are only seen when drape have been pulled open. If you’re looking for something simple, try cafe rods, which are smaller in diameter than the other drapery rods.
If you’ve installed a standard drapery rod and want to dress it up, purchase new finials. They might be as simple as the Balle Finial from Orion, or as elaborate as the Grappe, also from Orion. Finials are the decorative balls or figures that are attached to the end of the rod.
Depending on the type of drapes you’ve purchased, you may need rings to hang your drapes. Drapery rings are typically at least 1 1/2 to 2 inches in diameter and usually snap open and closed much like shower rings do. You can purchase simple wooden styles or try the Italian Baroque flat ring with eye and insert from Vesta.
In order to attach the rods to the wall or window frame you are going to need brackets. In some cases, simple brackets will be provided with the drapery rod you purchased. However, you can purchase more decorative brackets, such as wrought-iron brackets from the Robert Allen Ferraforte Collection. They are so pretty, and come antique brass, black, earth rust, Georgian copper, Georgian gold, and pewter. A hammered decorative rosette is sold separately and attaches easily to the front of the bracket.
The possibilities for dressing your windows is endless but not impossible. Take a walk through your house and take a long look at your windows and current treatments. Do they need freshening up? Next time we’ll look at drapes and other window dressing. Right now focus on the hardware. It will get easier, I promise.
The curtain rod has become a fundamental part of window treatments. You can find them in different designs, different finishes and with interchangeable finials that add character to the rod. They are hard to pass up! As a matter of fact, ONA Wrought Iron Drapery Hardware has some very pretty and very unique curtain rods and finials. Their rods are custom made for each client using only premium heavy gauge steel, wrought iron, and crystals.High quality materials are also used to manufacture their wide range of drapery hardware accessories, finials, brackets, holdbacks and rings.
Do not let a hollow plaster wall deter you from hanging your choice of curtain rod, as hollow wall screw anchors are available to hang even the heaviest items. Hanging drapery hardware in plaster can be tricky because of the composition of plaster walls. Plaster is a hard surface with a configuration similar to concrete or plaster of Paris. The top finish is applied over a system of wood or metal lathing. Plaster in an older home may be brittle and will often crumble. Before purchasing anchors consider the weight of the draperies you plan to hang to determine the type of anchor or fastener used.
If you are plannning to hang light weight curtain, pre-drill a hole into the plaster that is slightly smaller in diameter than the mounting screws you will be using. Use a hand screwdriver rather than a motorized drill driver to insert the screw into the plaster. Over tightening the screw may pull it out of the wall. If the screw pulls does come out because you’re overzealous, a plastic anchor installed in the screw hole will solve the problem.
Medium weight drapery rods will need assistance from plastic anchors for installation. Mark the wall and then pre-drill the holes slightly smaller than the plastic anchor you will use. Gently tap the anchor into the hole and use the screws that came with the anchors to install the bracket. Again, over tightening the anchor may end up in it pulling out of the wall. Tighten just enough for the anchor to expand and snuggly fit in to the plaster wall.
If you’ve decided to go with heavy weight drapery rods, toggle bolts are going to be needed to hold it in place. Check the package for the drill bit size recommended to drill pre-marked holes in the plaster wall. Insert the bolts through the drapery rod bracket, then screw on the winged nut .Gently screw the nut up the shaft of the bolt. The winged nut will open on the behind the wall increasing the amount of area to support the weight of the drapery rod. If the winged nuts fall out, they will drop down into the wall necessitating a new winged nut to be installed.
When potential homeowners are looking for a new house, one of the most important things on their ‘must have’ list is how much natural light comes into the various rooms. Whether or not your home is lacking a great deal of windows or if your home is flooded with light, window treatments will draw the right kind of attention to your windows if you do it correctly.
Where do you start? What’s in and what’s out in today’s décor? Vertical blinds – out. Take them done right away or risk giving your home a stifling 80’s feel. You’re better off with no window treatments at all. Get rid of those old plastic roll-down shades too.
Look at the windows throughout your house and determine a couple of things. Will the room or the particular window in question look better without any window treatments or are there issues of privacy in the evening hours if you don’t have window treatments up? There are lots of choices to help you get started, and they all provide different features and benefits.
We threw away the plastic ones, but wood or bamboo blinds are fine. Put them in the bedrooms or home office. Bamboo blinds are a good choice because they provide some color and texture.
Just like the blinds, Roman shades are installed inside the frame of the window and they tuck up upon themselves as they are raised. They are perfect for smaller windows or in kitchens or baths.
Valances & Cornice Boxes
A valance runs along the top of a window giving it a finished look. It may be used alone, or with another window treatment. A cornice box is similar, but it is typically used as decoration and to hide the drapery rod.
Draperies can be sheer, allowing light in but still maintain privacy, or they can be the blackout variety to keep the light and heat from penetrating the room. The type of fabric you choose will help determine how rich and lavish a room feels. Even the type of drapery rods and hardware will significantly add to the overall look of the window. Draperies can be puddled at the bottom, knotted at the middle, or tied at the sides for any number of different looks.
Tired? Change your mind yet about putting your home up for sale? Don’t despair. We’ll stop here for now and let you take a breath. Have a cup of tea and rest up because tomorrow we will install the window treatments!
If you’ve longed for a romantic country inn look for your interiors, try the simple freshness of white lace curtains. With paired with jewel toned holiday ornaments nestled on the window sill, they are simple, traditional and beautiful.
White lace curtains are appropriate in nearly every room in the house. They are a fresh alternative to heavy drapes and mini-blinds. Hang them alone where you do not need nighttime privacy or light control, use them over simple window shades or blinds, or hang them under fabric panels that will draw closed at night.
The fullness of lace curtains should be a minimum of 1 1/2 to 3 times the width of the window. In other words, if your window is 24″ wide, the curtain panel should be between 36″ and 72″ wide. In general, the more sheer the fabric, the more fullness may be needed; additional fullness will often give more window coverage.
While lace has associations with country cottage styles, it carries formal roots from drawing rooms and works well in traditional or antique settings.
Following are a few suggestions to decorate with lace curtains that are sure to create the preferred effect:
*Add decorative tiebacks to each side of window frames to increase the window treatment options. Select something whimsical, such as an animal or something traditional, such as a knob or disk.
*Integrate the lace curtains with the room’s furnishings by adding a valance. Select one that picks up a primary color from the room’s furnishings
*Arrange well-established potted palm near the lace curtains to make the most of the filtered light and bring more nature into the decorating scheme. Tropical plants such as bromeliads and African violets do well in filtered light. It’s also a great place for your Christmas tree. From the street the lights will shine with a filtered glow.
*When hanging lace curtains or sheers use a translucent rod to keep the harshness of the metal showing. The Graber Collection offers a 2 1/2 Inch Clear / Frost Dauphine Rods that will hold the curtains securely, yet not stand out through the lace.
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.