Getting Started with Drapery Hardware

It’s easy to see how curtains and other window shade options add elegance to your living room. But curtains without the right hardware won’t have the same impact as drapery hardware that complements your curtain choice.

How to choose curtain rods

A curtain rod's primary function is to hold up the window treatment, but hardware is often overlooked when it comes to adding to the aesthetic of a room. Your curtain rods should complement both the curtains and the general decor style you've chosen for the room.drapery-hardware-rowley(1).jpgThere are plenty of factors to consider when choosing curtain rods. The right length is essential. Length is determined by the style of your curtains and whether you want them to be decorative or functioning. You will also need to decide how much of the window you want to cover, and how much room is required on either side of the window for stack back. Note that the curtains should extend past the window frame by at least 3 to 6 inches on either side.

The color of the hardware needs to balance or add a tasteful contrast to the curtains you've selected. The type of material should also be considered. It’s normal to expect a certain level of moisture in kitchens and bathrooms, so stainless-steel curtain rods are a good choice for these two areas.

Ensure the type of rod you choose can support the drapes you've selected. Wrought iron or steel rods will work best with heavier curtains. You’ll need a certain number of brackets to support the rod, and this will affect the functionality of the curtains based on the style of hardware you choose.

What are the different types of curtain rod brackets?

Curtain rod supports come in a variety of shapes and sizes, though they all function with a standard purpose. Brackets come in multiple shapes, sizes, and materials. The weight of the curtain fabric and the size of the curtain rod are the two main factors that will influence which type of bracket you should select.

  • For sheers or light curtains, a smaller bracket and rod can be used. Discuss with your consultant which type of material and size would work best with your curtains. For drapes or thicker curtains, you’ll need a bigger bracket, bigger bracket cup, and a sturdier material, as well as a larger curtain rod. Depending on the weight of your curtains, brackets can range in size and sturdiness.

Single brackets

These single curtain rod holders are the typical kind of rods most people think of when it comes to window treatments. They are strong enough to hold most types of curtains.

Double brackets

Double brackets let you hang two different curtain types. They are designed in a way that allows a smaller rod at the back and a larger decorative rod in front.

Center support brackets

If you have large windows, curtains will probably require support brackets that are strong enough to resist bowing or bending in the center. Depending on the type of hardware and the weight of your curtain, you might require one or more support brackets to ensure your curtains hang correctly.

Elbow brackets

If you have windows on an angled wall, you’ll need elbow brackets. Measure the angle to find the right elbow bracket.

Adjustable brackets

Adjustable brackets are perfect for when you want to put curtains over windows with outside trim or decorative molding at the top.

Finish off the rod with drapery hardware that  matches the drapes you've chosen and the type of curtain rod selected. The finish of the material you choose also matters, as it should complement the cabinet hardware and other design elements in the room.

Where should curtain rod brackets be placed?

Curtain placement is dependent on many factors, including ceiling height, the distance between the top of the window casing and the ceiling, the look you want to create, the width of your windows, the size of your drapes, and the type of drapery hardware you want to use.

There are a few rules that work for custom curtain placements. For example, if the distance between the top of the window trim and the ceiling is 12 or more inches, consider placing the curtain rods exactly halfway between the two.

The minimum distance between the curtain rod placement and the window casing should be two inches. You can go up to four or six inches if you have a high enough ceiling. If the room has low ceilings, you can mount the curtain rods close to the ceiling to create the illusion of height. 

Unique drapery hardware

Double curtains give more depth to a room and can tie into your interior aesthetic. To realize this depth effect, you could choose two distinct drapes and layer them with double brackets. The first curtains are typically light curtains that are placed closest to the window. The second set of curtains tend to be lined and used for privacy and light control, made from fabrics to add color or texture to the room.woven-shades-drapery-panels-living-room-inspired-shades-inspired-drapes(1).jpgYou can also utilize motorized drapery hardware from Budget Blinds Smart Home Collection to open and close your curtains with ease, especially with large windows. This allows you to conveniently control your blinds and other window treatments from your phone, remote control or smart home device.

At Budget Blinds, we pride ourselves on our ability to turn your design ideas into reality. From custom curtains to decorative drapery panels and custom drapery hardware, we’re more than happy to help you. You can start by scheduling a free in-home or virtual consultation.