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Tuesday, July 1, 2014

How to select the right window treatment rods, 5 mistakes to avoid on your drapery hardware!

1) A rod that is too small in diameter will sag in the middle. If your drapes will open and close, you'll need either a large enough diameter, such as wooden rods, or you'll need a high quality rod that doesn't telescope so much that it will sag.

Some window treatment hardware has more subtle support brackets than others,
the center support on the rods above are a nice choice. 
2) Telescoping rods will be hard to slide the rings over, but it's a good option if you're on a limited budget (in comparison to custom ordered long rods). Note - If you purchase a long rod it might need to ship by common carrier freight line, which is much more expensive than UPS shipping.

3)Wooden rod might be an unnecessary expense, in some cases a metal rod will look just fine.
Here's an example of a situation where even though the dining room was sophisticated, it wasn't necessary to add the expense of a 2" wooden rod and carved wooden finials.

Window treatment hardware
Metal versus Wood
In this formal dining room, this rod looks
great, because it's not too heavy
4) A long rod isn't necessary if you aren't going to open and close the drapes, it will just "cut the room off" and make the ceilings feel short. You can consider two short rods instead, as shown below, with lots more before and after window photos in our window treatment articles. See link below.

5) A dark rod might be too demanding. Often you want the hardware to blend, instead of demand attention. This photo shows a situation in which we got hardware that is unobtrusive, by getting hardware that blended with the window frame.
Window treatment rod in off white to match the woodwork
This hardware is very subtle, so it doesn't
demand too much attention and cut the room off
For BEFORE and AFTER window treatment ideas, see these links. It includes ideas for privacy solutions, styles, and solutions for odd shaped windows! 

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Jack Martin said...

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Angela Downer said...

I made the first mistake that you listed, of getting a rod that was too small in diameter. I was so proud, because I had just set up the entire thing by myself, but as soon as I put the curtains on, the middle of the rod sagged. Now I have to buy a new rod, and uninstall the first one I put in, just so I can install the new one. I'll make sure to get a sturdier one this time, just like you suggested.