How to Select Curtain Hardware

How to Select Curtain Hardware

A well dressed window

A house with a well dressed window needs to have a decorative element that includes curtain hardware.
There are many choices available that can make the processes confusing, but it need not be with a little education given here.
Curtain hardware is designed to be more than just a functional element to hang your draperies on; it complements and enhances any window treatment. Selecting curtain hardware should express your own personal sense of style.
Design tip: “Using decorative Drapery Hardware to complement curtain fabrics, is a little known trick how Interior Decorators tastefully incorporate repetitive designs elements in a home. Using repetitive elements is a basic cornerstone of good design.”

Select your style

Easy Step 1
On our website you can look for the perfect style that ?ts your own personality. You can do that by either searching through one of our sections: By Collection, By Products, By Finish, or By Rod Size. Once one of these elements have been chosen, than we can walk you through the rest of the selection process.

For example: Choose your Finish
Many of our manufactures have a full range of in stock or custom finishes that you can have your curtain hardware finished in. (When choosing a curtain treatment, make sure that each piece selected is from the same manufacture and or collection. Just because an item says that it is finished in Burnished bronze does not guarantee that it will match the same finish name from another manufacture.)

Finishes can be broken down into

  1. Warm Colors / Cool Colors
  2. Painted / Stained Finishes

Metals: Painted, stainless Steel, brushed nickel, brass, chrome, or wrought iron
Warm Colors: Warmer colored drapery treatments usually look best paired with warmer hardware finishes. Gold-based metals, stains and painted finishes are good choices.
Cool Colors: Cooler toned curtain fabrics coordinate well with silver and black-based metal finishes, wood stains and painted finishes.
Painted: Wood, resin, metal hardware can all be painted in contemporary bright fashion forward colors or traditional old world cracked techniques. Some companies will custom match paint finishes matching fabrics or other painted accents.
Stained Finish: Staining wood poles, finials, brackets and the like are ageless and can complement any home.
Metals: Painted, stainless Steel, brushed nickel, brass, chrome, or wrought iron. Many of today’s metal poles are in high demand because they allow a full range of finishing that drastically change the mood of a room just be adding them.

Wood or Metal Poles

Wood and metal both have qualities that can easily tie in with other design elements in a room. Personal preference would dictate which material is right for your space.

Wooden Poles: Can co-ordinate with wood finishes in your space. Versatile, appropriate for use with traditional decorating, but equally fitting for lending a European ?air or smooth, simple and clean lines for a contemporary look. Sizes range from 1” diameter to 3” and lengths out to over 10′ foot (any pole shipped over 96” will need to be shipped via truck which is an added expense. Drapery poles can be connected together to gain extra length when needed.)
Metal Poles: Offer abundance of style options including round, square, hammered square, and twist for a sleek modern to casual and rustic. They can be painted, or plated in stainless steel, nickel or chrome. Metal is the only material that can span larger distances between brackets. ONA Drapery hardware can span up to 108 in-between brackets that is great for sliding glass doors or large picture windows.

“Blend in with other metal accents and finishes from the room.”

Choose your pole

Easy step 2
Selecting a pole there are three considerations

  • Pole size, Type and traversing/ non traversing

Pole Size
Large Poles: Heavier drapery treatments require more substantial poles for structural support. Wider windows also require larger poles to span the distances.
Small Poles: Smaller diameter poles employ smaller rings and give a streamlined look. Smaller poles are best paired with simple styles, such as pinch-pleated panels or for smaller rooms.
Type: There are many types of Curtain Poles that can be selected. The typical round pole is the basic treatment is mostly used that can have some decorative elements including reeding, ?utes or hammered finishes. While adventurous home owners like the more unusual types including square, twisted or hammered square poles.
Traversing/ non traversing: The choice here is now the drapery treatment will move on your new curtain pole. A Traversing rod has a mechanical feature that moves the drapery panels open and shut be the use of a cord or motorized unit. While a non traversing treatment is open and closed manually by sliding the rings over the rod.

Pole Support / brackets

Support brackets: Be sure to have sufficient brackets for support- each manufacture will give general guidelines to the number needed per treatment. Center and end supports are needed for larger window treatments. When splicing two poles together, always reinforce with a support bracket

Choose finial design & accessories

Easy Step 3
Finials provide that “finishing touch” and will give your window treatment a decorator finished look. The decorative accents you choose to ?t the end of your rod can pull the whole style together and leave a lasting impression. Like a pair great earrings completes an out?t, the final design choice is entirely personal. There are no steadfast rules to follow. Whether intricately carved wood or simply styled metal ball, a finial design can tie in and mirror design elements from the rest of your home.

Design tip: “Using decorative Drapery Hardware to complement curtain fabrics is a little known trick how Interior Decorators tastefully incorporate repetitive designs elements in a home. Using repetitive elements is a basic cornerstone of good design.”
For example, if you have a free-formed leaf design in your drapery panels, the branch-style ?nials and tie back make the perfect complement.
Simple: Simple finial shapes, whether round, square. or linear, complement more contemporary interiors or casual traditional spaces.
Detailed: Detailed, carved finial with multi-faceted motifs generally lends themselves to Traditional and European-inspired interiors.
Additional Accessories
Rings: Drapery rings come in a full range of sizes and types. A rings size is made to go with a corresponding curtain rod size and each ring can range from 1 inch to 4 inches in diameter.
As for types of drapery rings there are three types: Standard, clip and C rings.
Standard Ring / Clip: A standard and clip ring with the only difference is how the drapery panels or treatments attach to the ring. The standard ring normally has an eyelet while the clip ring clamps down onto the fabric. These both add a decorative finishing touch to your window treatments and offer a striking alternative to traverse rod hardware or stationary rod pocket drapery panels. These decorative accents are a great example of form meeting function, as they bring easy mobility to your treatments. Rings using a baton fling rod truly make opening and closing your drapery panels effortless.
Batons / Fling Rods: The term baton or fling rod can be used exactly the same way. They are attache to a drapery ring and the home owner uses them to open and close a curtain without having to grab a hold of the panel to move such treatment. Decorators for years have guided their clients to use batons / fling rods for ease of opening and closing while keep hands off of the fabric tends to keep them cleaner and lasting longer.
Hold Backs / Tie Backs: Hold Backs allow you to secure the drapery panels away from the window. The curtain panels can be held back by the bracket itself or through the use of a trimming cold also called a holdback. The recommended mounting position may vary based on the size of the window, but a general guideline is approximately 2/3 from the top of the drapey.

Placement of curtain hardware

More Space: Create a more spacious feeling in your room by extending your drapery pole hardware past the window frame to make your window appear larger.
Taller Ceilings: Hang your hardware at least 4-6″ above the window frame. To make your ceilings look taller, you can hang closer to the ceiling for a more vertical element.
Unify a Room: Hang all the curtain hardware in a room at the same height – regardless of the sizes, shape or height of the windows. This creates a uni?ed look.
Sliding Glass Doors: When installing curtains, top treatments or just panels on a sling glass door, place the treatment in such a way that the whole treatment can be moved out of the way or closed easily. This is accomplished though a rod without the use of a center support. This way a drapery panel can easily slide in front of the door or total pull off to one side for open viewing.