Friday, March 13, 2009

Choose A Drapery Rod

Delicate fabrics look best on thin drapery rods.

When you're choosing window treatments, the drapery rods you select are just as important as the drapes that hang on them. Drapery rods are not just something from which to hang your drapes; they also can enhance the room's decor. Details like the style of your draperies, the size and placement of the windows and the decor in the room are all important elements to consider when selecting drapery rods. The type of drapes and the number of layers are also key elements in choosing the rods that support them. Does this Spark an idea?


1. Determine what type of drapery rod you need, based on the type of drapes you're hanging. Pinch-pleat drapes require traverse rods, which allow you to open and close the drapes by pulling a cord. Simple traverse rods are white and "invisible" when the drapes are closed. Decorative traverse rods have a visible area just above the drapes that provide a finished look.

Tab-top, rod-pocket and grommet drapes work with stationary or manual rods that attach to the wall with brackets. These rods allow you to manually pull the drapes open and closed.

2. Select a drapery rod made from a material that accents other things in the room. For example, glass, wrought-iron and chrome rods coordinate well with contemporary rooms, while iron and pine work best in country-style rooms.

3. Consider the style and weight of the drapes. Light, delicate fabrics look best on a thinner rod. Heavier drapes require a sturdy rod.

4. Measure the area around the window to determine if there is enough room for finials -- decorative pieces on the rod ends -- tie-back hooks or other drapery hardware that will extend beyond the width of the window. Select rods with these decorative pieces to accent the drapes and enhance the room's decor.

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