Tips for ordering drapery hardware
1. Select the finial and note which rod diameter fits it. Keep in mind that 1" rods are better than .5" rods at supporting heavy window coverings.
2. Determine how long the span of the rod needs to be. a: Measure the width of the window (including casing) with a steel tape measure. b: Add 1 to 4" for any desired extra rod distance past the width of the window. (Use the higher number if you want most of the glass to show when your curtains are open. Long expanses or bulky draperies may need additional distance) c: Add 2.5" for brackets and attaching the finials to the rods on.5" rods, or 3" for 1" rods. d: Remember that the finial width will be added to each end of the rod span, so before proceeding be sure that there is room on your wall for everything!
3. Select the rod or combination of rods that will cover this distance. a: If you will not be opening and closing the curtains (for example, if you are doing a swag treatment or using stationary fabric panels), the telescoping rod sets are easiest to use. Telescoping rod sets may be joined together for long distances, or a 48" extension may be added to one end of a telescoping rod set to reach the desired distance. b: If the curtains will generally be open, non-telescoping rods are more attractive. If you will be opening and closing the curtains, non-telescoping rods work better since curtain rings can get hung up where the outer rod overlaps the inner rod on a telescoping rod. 48" non-telescoping rods may be joined together with a splice. c: All rods may be cut with a hacksaw if a shorter distance than the length of the rod is desired
4. Determine if extra brackets and rosettes are needed a: .5" rods should have a support bracket about every 48". One inch rods should have a support bracket about every 96". Light-weight curtains and shears may be all right with less, heavy drapes may require more. Remember that you will not able to pass curtain rings or curtain pockets over a bracket. A finial set includes two brackets and two rosettes. If additional brackets are needed, add them to you order. b: Rosettes are screwed into the brackets to hold the rod in place. Rosettes are optional on extra brackets since they are more decorative than functional when used on extra brackets.
5. If you would like curtain rings, decide what type and how many. a: Deluxe rings are sewn onto curtains, clip rings clip on. Use 1.5 diameter rings on one inch rods. Use one inch diameter rings on .5 inch rods. b: Use approximately one ring for every 5" of rod plus two rings per fabric panel.
6. a: Also available is a one inch, 96 inch long non-telescoping rod to be used for large windows. This rod has a liner that acts like a splice for a 48 inch rod. Two 96 inch long rods may also be spliced together. b: THIS ROD SHOULD BE USED WHEN WINDOW COVERINGS WILL BE OPENED OR CLOSED FREQUENTLY. It may be cut to the desired length and does not require a center support bracket unless the window coverings are very heavy. There are additional costs in shipping due to the rod being considered to be oversize.