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Window Coverings Buying Guide – Hardware

Window coverings complete your room décor and can provide privacy and energy savings. Choose wisely and your window coverings can instantly dress up any room.

 
 

Hardware

The purpose of drapery hardware is to showcase the curtains or drapes and to add the finishing touches to create a total window look. Hardware is available in a variety of colours, finishes and thicknesses.

Drapery Hardware

Rods

Single rods are the simplest way to hang a drape. Thinner rods are generally used for sheers and rod pockets, whereas thicker rods are more suited for grommet panels or back tab panels. A double rod fixture consists of a rod that is mounted slightly higher and further from the wall than a second rod, thus allowing two coverings to shade the window. Double rods are used to create a layered look (for example, mounting a sheer behind a drape).

A traverse rod contains carriers with holes that suspend drapes which are attached with hooks. Drapes hung on traverse rods are opened and closed by pulling on a cord which moves the drape across the length of the rod. Traverse rods can be one-way (i.e., the panel moves in one direction) or two-way (i.e., the panels move from the centre of the window to the ends).

The alternative to a traverse rod is a decorative rod. Drapes hung on decorative rods are opened or closed by manually pulling on the drape itself.

A tension rod is a curtain rod that remains in place inside a window frame because of spring tension.

Finials

Finials are decorative end pieces attached to either end of a rod. They help the rod stay in place when the drapes are being pulled open and shut, and provide a decorative touch.

Brackets
Brackets are mounted on the wall and hold the rod. They can be plain or ornate, and they are sold with the rods. A centre bracket is recommended when hanging rods longer than five feet.

Holdbacks
Holdbacks create a more formal look to the window by securing the drapes when they have been pulled opened. They are simply hooks mounted on the wall, usually at waist level.

Drapery Rings
There are two types of drapery rings. The first type is used for pinch pleats and has a small eye on the bottom where the hooks used to hold up the pinch pleats are attached. The second type consists of a ring attached to a clip that is in turn attached to the drape.