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Drapery Hardware 101: What You Need to Know

Drapery hardware knowledge and facts

Draperies add character to Santa Rosa homes, and this fact explains why most Santa Rosa homeowners invest in draperies that reflect their interior design styles. Designing the perfect draperies for your home with the help of a window shade company includes selecting the appropriate hardware. Depending on your preference, you can choose draperies that hide the hardware strategically or that display the hardware elegantly.

Types of Drapery Hardware

  • Rods - Curtain rods are one of the most common types of drapery hardware, and they're mounted above windows. Regardless of the style of your draperies, such as tailored pleat, inverted pleat, or pinch pleat, you'll be able to find a curtain rod from your window shade company that complements the draperies. Popular curtain rod types include double-hung rods, extendable rods, and traverse rods. Double-hung rods are designed to accommodate two drapes at once, and sheer drapes are often placed on the back rod while heavy, darkening drapes are placed on the front rod. Extendable rods can be elongated by pulling or twisting them, and they can be lengthened or shortened to fit almost any window size. Traverse rods include hooks and a pulley system to open and close curtains. The strings attached to the pulley system is often hidden within the folds of the drapes.
  • Rings - The rings attach the drapes to the curtain rod, and the finish of the rings often match that of the rod. Grommet curtains and drapes include rings in their construction, so rings don't need to be purchased separately.
  • Finials - Decorative embellishments known as finials are often placed on the ends of curtain rods. Style options for finials are seemingly endless, and homeowners often choose from wooden, glass, metal, and stone finials.
  • Track Systems - You can ask your window shade company about drapery track systems if you want your curtains to have easy operation. The track system eliminates the need for rings and attaches curtains to the tracks with clips instead. Track systems are often installed for curtains above patio doors and large windows, and they can be mounted to the window molding, ceiling, or wall.
  • Center Supports - Curtain rods often have center supports to keep the rods up despite the weight of the drapes. Most rods require only one center support, but longer ones may need a center support every 30 to 36 inches.
  • Elbow Brackets - If you place a curtain rod at the angle of a wall, you'll require an elbow bracket in the corner of the two walls. Homeowners can purchase elbow brackets with the exact angles that they need for the corners in their homes.

Once you know the types and purposes of drapery hardware, you can make thoughtful decisions about the finishes, sizes, and colors of the hardware that you select. If you're not sure what drapery hardware you should choose for your Santa Rosa home, the drapery hardware experts at Sonoma County Shade Company, an experienced window shade company, are eager to answer your questions and offer recommendations.

If you're looking for a professional drapery hardware company in the Santa Rosa area, please call Sonoma County Shade Company at 707-596-3011 or complete our online request form.