A great way to enhance your windows is through using decorative drapery poles. Drapery poles are not only meant to play the supportive role, but also the decorative purpose. If you want to be opening and closing your draperies often, it is important to consider the style you want before purchasing the hardware. Traditional slides and traverse rods are good for draperies that will not be opened and closed regularly.
Functionality of wooden drapery poles
Natural wood products might have a slight bow even on little weight and hence larger weight on longer draperies could make the sagging even more visible. However, it is not necessarily every wooden drapery pole that will bow since some are made from hard wood types. Vesta drapery rods are made from highly solid piece and will not bow easily.
If you mean to open and close your drapery every day with rings, the rings might develop resistance with time as the wood wears off and friction develops. To solve this issue, you can apply wax on the top part of the pole. You can also use tie backs instead of rings since they will last longer without developing resistance.
Draperies open and close more smoothly on metal poles
If you hang draperies on a metal pole, they will open and close more easily than when you hang them on a wooden pole. Metal drapery rods fixed with rings will produce lower resistance as compared to wooden poles fixed with rings. Therefore, if you want to hand open the window very frequently; you can consider a metallic pole. Metallic poles are however more likely to fade in color with time as compared to wooden poles.
To prevent bowing you can install a bracket in every four feet of your drapery pole especially if you are hanging heavy draperies. Most Vesta drapery rods usually come with center supports and splices to enhance straightening.
Common drapery styles
You can choose between several drapery pole styles in the market today depending on your tastes and preferences.
One of the most common drapery styles is the pinch pleat with rings. The drapery is made with hooks that normally attach eyelets with drapery pole rings. The flat panel with ring clips normally uses alligator clips and rings to attach the flat drapery to the pole rings.
The rod pocket slides the drapery pole into the pocket creating the desired swag. This drapery does not use any rings and can be easily slid to open and close the window. It however hides most parts of the pole and hence hiding the decorations and therefore cannot be used where you want to expose the pole’s beauty.
You should always have a drapery hardware installed before the curtains whenever you intent to add the draperies to your window treatment. Most home owners prefer custom-made draperies rather than the thousands of pre-manufactured ones in the market today. Your drapery maker can also manufacture curtains that match your drapery rod to create a unique touch on your window.
There are many people who still order their curtains long before even thinking of their drapery hardware. This could be a big problem since it blocks good chances for customized drapery makes. Your drapery maker can take appropriate measurements well from the exact starting point to the finish of the curtains when basing on a pre-installed pole than when it’s not installed. A common application where the hardware counts before the custom-made curtains are made is where you want to know the positioning of curtain rings. Rings will be positioned perfectly when they are measured well in accordance with the rod’s positioning. Letting your window curtains to hang exactly where you want them positioned could be difficult in ready-made curtains since they are made following standard measures but not according to your specific window.
The positioning, design and projection of your drapery rod brackets could also affect your drapery design measurements. Most of the time, home owners will be forced to select a certain standard plain bracket rather than the decorative ones that they prefer because of the curtain fabric’s restrictions. Brackets with extended projections or ornate carvings could require additional fabric widths if you want it to hang perfectly and return to the wall.