Choosing window hardware is half the fun of decorating the windows – it’s almost like selecting jewelry for them! You’ve already invested in window curtains, and you want your hardware to be both good looking and functional to keep your draperies looking and working their best. For that, it helps to know the basics about curtain rods, rings and finials and how they help finish a room. Let us at west elm give you important tips to steer you towards the right window hardware.
Curtain rods can be bold and beautiful and come in all finishes and styles. Start with thin rods that are over an inch in diameter so they can easily hold fabrics of different weights.
Single rods hold one layer of window treatments. From straight wood or metal rods to industrial-style pipe rods, the diameter and length matter for achieving the look you love. Rods typically run in three sizes: 28" expandable to 48", 44" adjustable to 108" and 108" expandable to 144". Pipe rods can attach to the wall or to the ceiling for a modern urban look. Draperies with oversized grommets look especially handsome on a single pipe rod. The beauty of a pipe rod is that a curtain can wrap around the end of the pipe to keep out more light and offer additional privacy.
Double rods help you easily layer curtains of different weights on the window. Typically, a sheer curtain goes on the slim rod and a heavier drapery fits on the thicker rod. The double rod is designed to give the curtains perfect spacing on the window, making it easier to open and close each layer.
What finish should you choose? From dramatic black and gunmetal to coastal whitewash and sleek mid-century wood, they all look beautiful on the window. To hone in on your choices, look at the darkest finishes in your room, from wood to metal, to determine the rod finish. For example if you have a dark wood headboard and a bronze metal bed canopy, consider a similar finish for your curtain rods. Other examples include a brushed stainless-steel rod finish in rooms with grey tones and brass rods for gold-toned furnishings. All-white rooms can look just as beautiful with white rods as they do with silver or gunmetal finishes. If you’re looking for rods to span the entire length of your wall, try matching one to the paint colour of the wall.
Curtain rings in metal or wood have removable clips you can use to hang curtains panels – whether they come with or without drapery hooks. Rings typically coordinate with window hardware, but they’re sold separately. Rings make it easy and quick to open and close curtains.
Finials are the finishing touches on your rods that add a subtle flash of beauty. Many of today’s rods come with simple yet elegant finials to finish off the ends. Or, you can personalize things and choose finials separately to create the look you want. For example, crystal finials add a touch of glamour to any room.
Window Treatment Tips
A few other tips to consider when hanging curtains:
Length: Make sure curtains just barely touch the floor if you’re hanging them long.
Width: Make certain panels are wide enough so they fully close.
Rod Placement: Make sure the rod extends at least 6" from each side of the window frame. This way, when curtains are open, they won’t block the window. When closed, they cover the outer edges of the glass.
Weight: Be sure your rod can hold the weight of your drapery. Shorter rods hold less weight and longer rods hold more weight. Use the third support bracket on the rod if it’s included.
Now you’re ready to transform your windows and your room. With the right size drapery and window hardware, your windows will feel fresh and bright.