Catalina Dotson. Draperies. September 02nd , 2018.
Choosing drapery rods is just as much fun as choosing the draperies or curtains you will adorn your windows with. Drapery Rods can dress up inexpensive window treatments to create a truly elegant look and the choices are wide and varied. Whether you are making or buying your window treatments, you will need drapery hardware to attach the curtains or drapes over the windows. Whether you use a lone curtain rod or embellish the look with tie-backs and finials, there are several pieces of drapery hardware you should become familiar with. In addition, you can accent other parts of the room and your entire home with leftover drapery hardware as well. Let's look at some of the types of drapery hardware you may need to consider.
In the old days, drapery consisted of hanging curtains on your window and that was it. What you hung it on didn't matter, as long as that they look good. Today, it's not that easy. With the trend of specialization, there are tools for most things out there that it takes an effort to keep track of them. And draperies are no exception. We now have. What is called drapery hardware? And for the free spirits out there, we have custom drapery hardware.
Every time I assist a person in determining the right drapery treatment for their house, I always present Kirsch at the top of my list. It seems difficult to imagine, but Kirsch has been developing high-end drapery hardware for over a hundred years. That's a really long track record of developing the best products for the interior design field. With collections to match every budget and style, Drapery Hardware from Kirsch is a good place to start your quest for the best window treatment.
There are different types of drapery rods; traverse, manual, and stationary. Traverse rods have a pulley system enabling you to open and close the draperies by puling on a cord. They come in many different styles. The most simple traverse rod is plain white and is hidden behind the draperies when closed. There is also a decorative traverse rod. These are exposed just above to finish off the top of your drapery. They are usually metal and come in a wide variety of finishes in both traditional and contemporary styles. Traverse rods are used with pinch pleat draperies.
Design professionals will be able to help you evaluate the character of these different elements and ultimately determine what combination of them will best suit your personality, your space and your style. This way, you get custom draperies that are truly in line with what you want and need, and that set you and your home apart. As window treatments draperies also offer you a high degree of style control in terms of fabric choice. There are a multitude of fabrics available, so between the combination of drapery style and fabric options, you have an infinite palette in front of you. Choose heavy or ornate fabrics for a formal look, or light, airy fabrics for a more casual feel. Interior design experts can help you navigate all of the textile possibilities and will be able to match the right fabric choice to the right style of window drapery to achieve your perfect look.
Children's rooms are also good candidates for curtains over draperies, although you still want to make sure you adorn any windows with fire retardant fabrics. While draperies are more expensive than curtains, there is still quite a bit of difference in the prices and features so if you are on a budget, look carefully to see how you can save money on draperies. Obviously, the custom made draperies will cost more than stocked sizes.
If your using a decorative rod, poke the pin in at 1-1/2 inches from the top. If non-decorative white traverse rod, then make it 1-3/4 to 2 inches from the top. Depending on how the drapery is packaged, most likely it will have wrinkles. I recommend steaming out the wrinkles after the panels are hung. A portable hand held steamer works well and is what I use. Follow the manufactures recommendations as some fabric especially silk, cannot be steamed. Lastly, after you steam, you want to train your fabric to hang nice. Some fabric looks great out of the package, but most do not. They need a little extra work, but its worth the results. What you can do is tie the fabric. First cut 3, 4 foot long strips of plastic about 4 inches wide.
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