How to Select Curtain Rod Brackets
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How to Select Curtain Rod Brackets

Projection and Return both relate to how far your curtain, drapery or valance hangs from the wall or window. Why are they important? Getting the correct return and projection on your drapery rods is very important because they are the main components of curtain rod hardware brackets, and proper bracket selection can make or break the look of your finished drapery treatment! Learn more about Projection and Return.


For example, by choosing a bracket with a long or extended projection when it is not necessary can cause an unsightly, large gap between your drapery panels and the wall. This would in-turn make your rod appear as if it is floating away from the wall.  We don’t want your beautiful window furnishings floating away!


Ideally, the smaller the gap between your drapery panels and the wall, the more aesthetically pleasing the overall effect will be.


The type of return bracket you need depends on what is also going to be installed on the window in question, and how far that item projects out into the room.


Selecting the correct return and projection is simple when you take into consideration the following:

  • Determine where you will be installing your drapery rods.
  • Assess anything that may interfere with the new hardware. For example: if you are wall mounting your curtain rods and you have another type of existing window treatments, such as wood shades, that project out from the window, you will most likely need a longer return / projection bracket.
  • The number of curtain rod hardware brackets you need is determined by the type of curtain rod.


CWF PRO TIPS: Here are some general guidelines for brackets

  • Many in the industry use the terms Return and Projection as interchangeable descriptors, however, they are in fact NOT the same thing. Please read product specifications carefully and review all the dimensions provided to ensure you are ordering the appropriate bracket required for your specific installation.  When in doubt, call us!  We are always here to help.
  • A common mistake customers often make is when the longer projection bracket is selected when it is not really needed. Due to the extensive drapery hardware selection we carry, we have a lot of drapery hardware components where the return/projection of the brackets differs. If you are unclear as to what return/projection is best suited for your installation, please contact us before placing your order.
  • Short or Standard Projection Bracket is the perfect choice if either: no other products will be installed behind your drapery, or if a wood blind or shade, will be mounted inside. Short or Standard Return Brackets are brackets with a return ranging 3 inches to 4 inches. For basic drapery hardware, such as traversing rods, or decorative telescoping rods, standard return brackets are usually adjustable with a 3 1/2 inch to 4 1/2 inch return range.
  • Long aka Extended Projection Bracket is needed if you have other products on your window, such as wood blinds or shades, or when you are layering treatments such as sheer drapery behind the full drapery.  Once you determine how far those items will project from the frame or wall add two inches to that measurement; that is the return you will need on the brackets for your new drapery installation.