Happy New Year everyone! Just out of curiosity, who has all of their holiday decor put away? Okay, if you answered yes, you can all can move along to “the pit of misery.” JK….obviously, we don’t have ours put away. Although, we did read that its perfectly correct to leave up Christmas decorations until the epiphany. Which is tomorrow. (Actually, it was yesterday, as the blog post got delayed) However, some religions celebrate the season of the epiphany until Lent. We are going with that for today. Instead, we are going to move right along and figure out what we are going to replace all of the decorations with so we don’t have that cold mid-January drab look when we finally get around to putting Christmas back in the attic. We have both decided we are refreshing drapery panels in our family rooms. So what is a better first blog of the new year than one all about drapery rods and hardware.
One of our goals for the new year is to provide informative blogs, answering and educating our readers with the many questions we get each year on our Etsy Shop regarding window treatments. Selecting drapery hardware is maybe the last, but very important decision in your project; its sort of hard to hang your panels without it! Your drapery hardware can complete the look, enhance a style you are trying to achieve and are an accessory that can be just as eye catching as the draperies, themselves.
Fortunately, many styles, finishes and selections are available today. And there are some great selections and styles that are very budget friendly. And, if you have purchased ready-made panels, you may not want to invest in custom hardware. Lowes, Pottery Barn and World Market are just a few great places to look for drapery hardware. They also offer a variety of ready-made drapes at great prices.
Check out how we helped this newlywed couple upgrade their ready made curtains with ready-made drapery hardware! Just because you can’t have custom yet, doesn’t mean you can’t have a good looking space!
If your budget will allow you to invest in a little more, however, there are good reasons to purchase custom drapery hardware to complement your drapery panel investment.
First, custom drapery hardware is cut to fit the width of your drapery panels. This alleviates the need for a telescoping rod(one that adjusts to the width). One big disadvantage of the telescoping rods is that is can become very difficult to open and close because the rings get caught up on the expander.
In addition, custom hardware visually provides a seamless premium look that just fits with custom panels. They are typically a heavier weight and have premium finishes, which also adds to a more custom appearance.
If you have invested in high quality or designer fabric, it probably makes sense to complete the look with custom hardware. Even in our custom lines we offer a range of hardware.
If you have made the decision to go custom there are several things to consider:
- What type of look lends itself to your room and fabric? Are you going for a modern, traditional or more eclectic style? Rods come a variety of finishes: brass, wood, iron and even lucite.
- Are you planning on having pleats? You can attach pleats using rings or no rings, directly to the rod using tab back.
- Grommets are also an option which require no rings. (Although, it is a trade off with the extra expense of custom grommets)
Below are a few of the types of hardware we carry in our Etsy Shop:
Slender brushed brass rods add a crispy modern flair to a living space. Below is an installation we did for a casual family room.
In addition, you can’t go wrong with black rods. Always classic, and work with most any fabric you choose. We offer the the french black rods shown below that is smooth and sleek:
And also a black wrought iron, a more traditional look:
These are few of the rods we are featuring in our shop right now. If you want to learn more about selecting and installing drapery panels in general you can check out this previous post we did.
In the meantime, we hope you all had a wonderful holiday season. We even had an appearance by Santa on Christmas Eve. (and yes, the beard is authentic!)
hogs and kisses,
Kim and Jeanne