Terrie Lindsey. Draperies. August 24th , 2018.
One thing we should remember though when shopping for draperies and its hardware is to decide whether we want them decorative or functional. When we shop, we think of whether what we're buying is cheap or expensive. However, we have to realize that as long as we go for quality, something, which may seem expensive now is actually cheap in the long run. So let's talk about what consists of drapery hardware. First we have the curtain pole or rod. Like all the other drapery hardware, the curtain pole or rod can come in materials like wood, chrome, and plastic. This is where you attach the ringers for the curtain. So the main purpose of this hardware is for support. They can come in the form of regular rods, hinged rods and motorized rods.
Rings. Not all curtains and draperies are attached to the rod using rings. It depends on how the draperies are constructed whether or not you will need the rings. Rings can add a decorative touch though and come in a wide variety of styles. They are easily attached to the rod and the drapes and offer added stability. Rings allow the draperies to easily glide along the rod without getting stuck so for rods that may not be as smooth as others, rings can come in handy.
Decorative wood and metal poles are made to look pretty, not to traverse your draperies. If you're going to open and close your draperies frequently, a traverse rod is the way to go. Decorative poles with rings aren't made for frequent use. In fact, you may find that sliding your drapery open or closed across a decorative wood pole isn't as easy as you thought. That's because natural imperfections in the wood sometimes cause wood poles to develop a slight bow. Drapery hardware manufacturers are quick to point out that decorative poles are meant to be decorative, not functional.
Drapery hooks are a simple yet important accessory for your overall window treatment arrangement. However, despite their important functionality to the style attributes they offer; these seemingly minute drapery accessories tend to get overlooked by many. With the large amount of different accessories being offered in items that serve the same functionality, particularly drapery rings, it is no wonder these diamonds in the rough have gotten lost over the years. The drapery hook is fairly simple in design; offering the simple functionality of connecting the drapery itself to the curtain rod. However, while in fact the overall functionality is a simple concept, and there might not be a large amount of room in terms of variations and customizations; drapery hooks can still play an important supplemental role in the styling of your drapery set.
Would Curtains Suffice?. While draperies offer more functionality and usually, more aesthetic appeal than curtains do, draperies are usually not necessary for every window in the home. There are some windows for which curtains may be a better choice. It really depends on your budget, how you want the room to look, and whether you need the insulating properties that draperies afford. For the living room, you may want the more formal look that draperies provide, yet you would most likely prefer curtains for the kitchen.
Manually operated rods offer an alternative to mounted draperies that need to draw. This type opens and closes by manually pulling the drapes to the desired position. The last type of drapery rod is stationary. This type of rod will slide through a rod pocket along the top of the drapery. Stationary rods can be wood or metal and are on grommet, rod pocket, or tab top drapes. When measuring for drapes, check for obstructions. For example, do you have a low soffit or kitchen counter ending right up to your patio door? Do you plan on adding a top treatment, valance, or cornice? If not, consider a decorative rod. To measure your length, measure about 4-5 inches above your opening.
Styles and Designs. Blackout drapery comes in a large array of styles and designs. As such, it is fairly easy to find a corresponding color or fabric that will work well with your pre-existing theme and accessories. Aside from the specific styling elements of the drapery itself, as well as the supplemental hardware and accessories; the thickness of the fabric one other thing people ironically do not look into enough when making their decision.
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