For Drapery Hardware Window Treatments, Rod Style Is A Vital Selection

Deciding on the appropriate pieces for ones drapery hardware installation is crucial if you want your window treatment to look terrific and operate the way you would like it to. The first task in assembling your decorative drapery hardware treatment is to choose the proper pole diameter like 1 3/8 inch, 2 inch or 2 1/4 inch as well as the material composition on your components like wood, metal or wrought iron. Once you know your rod diameter and composition, you’re ready to make up your mind about drapery rod style.

Most drapery hardware rods can be purchased in smooth, fluted and twisted styles.

The actual design of the drapery pole you decide on is usually a matter of your personal preference. But, you should think about some general guidelines before you make a decision solely on appearance. Different rod styles offer unique presentations depending on the finish you select. For instance, a fluted pole that’s painted appears completely different if it’s stained. That’s because wood in the rod reacts in different ways to paint and stain. A stained fluted pole may appear a lot darker because flutes, or grooves, inside the rod absorb more stain than the other areas of the pole. However, should you use a paint that is solid on a fluted rod, this variance in color may not be as dramatic as you would like. The same applies to twisted poles because the grooves created by the twist will soak up more stain and appear darker than the remaining parts of the pole.

Be careful when buying an unfinished rod that you would like to stain yourself.

Most wood drapery rods found in local retail stores are manufactured with finger joints. To help keep costs low, producers join several bits of wood together to make the drapery pole. This isn’t an issue if you’re planning to paint or faux finish the pole. Having said that, it is a significant issue if you’d like to stain the rod yourself. Once you apply stain on the rod, the wood will take in your stain more heavily at the finger joints and the joints will become obvious. You should definitely ask your merchant if the pole you’re planning to stain is built using finger joints.

Smooth style poles are good for faux finishing or fabric wrap window treatments.

While drapery hardware makers offer you a lot of color and finish possibilities, you might like to tackle painting the pole yourself. Smooth style wood drapery poles are great if you want to faux finish them. And, since fluted and twisted poles ordinarily are more expensive, smooth is the best choice if you would like to wrap your own personal fabric around the pole. If you’re going to use a fabric wrap treatment, you may want to look into choosing a wood dowel through your local hardware store instead of a drapery rod. Since the rod won’t be seen, deciding on a rough dowel may save some costs.

Ensure that the rod style you choose is fine with the kind of drapery you would like to use.

If you’d like your drapery to open and close using a cord, you’ll have to have a drapery pole with carriers. This type of rod is known as a traverse rod. While most people are familiar with the plain white traverse curtain rod, many drapery hardware brands offer functional traverse rods that appear to be identical to a decorative wood pole. You’ll need to find a custom drapery hardware store or interior designer to assist you with this type of drapery rod.

Tab Top draperies will operate properly on just about any drapery pole style you decide on. This type of stationary drapery panel does not make use of carriers or rings, so it can be installed on any style drapery rod so long as the rod diameter is below the tab depth.

Pinch Pleat draperies will need a rod with drapery rings. Before you decide to use a drapery pole rather than a traverse rod on your window treatment consider how often you’ll be closing and opening your Pinch Pleat draperies. Decorative drapery rods are made to look good however they aren’t necessarily supposed to be functional. Because natural wood always has imperfections, some rings might not easily slide across the rod. This is not viewed as a defect due to the fact decorative rods are meant to be decorative, not operable. That’s not saying you can never close or open your drapery; just consider how frequently you expect to do this before deciding on a drapery pole rather than a traverse rod.

Once you begin considering the style of decorative drapery rod you want, remember that the most important issue to take into consideration is how you want your treatment to appear. After all, it’s your house and if it doesn’t look great to you personally, then it’s not the proper treatment for your house. With all the drapery hardware solutions available to you, there’s always a way to have the perfect look that matches your look.

Nathan Cole is President of Designer Drapery Hardware, LL