Home interior design involves many aspects of your personal space, including the way that you dress up your windows. The treatments you choose, though, must be both pleasing to the eye as well as serve functional purposes, such as creating privacy, darkening the room, reducing energy bills, and buffering outdoor noises. However, it’s important also to consider the hardware that supports your window treatments when creating a functional and beautiful home interior.
When choosing the right drapery rods, you should take into account numerous variables to ensure that you select the right hardware for you.
Mass Market Hardware
While mass-produced drapery hardware is easily accessible and highly affordable, you should definitely think twice before purchasing it. The hardware that you see in stores is much different than the selection that is available for custom draperies.
Custom-made draperies will not work well on mass market hardware. The rod will bend, the brackets will disengage from the wall, or the rod will simply not fit with the panels. Draperies which are made specifically to suit your home are made of superior materials, which means that they will be thick and substantial. Mass-produced curtain rods are not made to support such weight and will struggle to uphold the high-quality fabrics and linings of your custom-made drapes.
Mass market hardware usually offers telescoping rods, which usually means that the material is thin to allow for one smaller side of the rod to slide into the larger hollow side. This thin metal is prone to sagging and the rings will typically catch on the connection point when opening or closing your curtains.
The rings or clips are not made to custom fit your drapes or your window size, and the brackets are bulky and unseemly, taking away from the overall effect of your interior design.
The functional aspect of your drapes can come into play when choosing hardware for your draperies. For instance, you may choose different layouts for your window treatment hardware depending on whether the drapes will be stationary or operable.
If you don’t plan to ever close the panels, you may want to install short rods on either side of the window. This will provide extra support for thick drapes as well as offering a beautiful design for large windows.
If you intend to open and close your drapes, a sturdy rod that extends across the entire length of the window is preferred. A ringless and cordless track rod provides a sleek, stylish look and is operated by pulling on hidden wands.