Monday, July 25, 2011
Whatchamacallits - The Special Needs in Drapery Hardware
If every window was a uniform size surrounded by ample wall space on all sides, choosing drapery hardware would be as easy as A B C. Whether it be the curve of a bay window or the one oddball window in the room that's has special needs, some design issues can be mind boggling for the average person. And to make things more complicated, many people don't know the name of the thing that will solve their dilemma, or in many cases, that such an item even exists. But that doesn't mean you have to be a professional to decorate a window. It doesn't hurt to have a bit of knowledge about some of the problem solving pieces that will come to the rescue. So here we go, I'll start with the most common concern. Attaching 2 poles together to give the length you need calls for a splicer screw also known as a dowel screw.
Another issue that comes up is the window that's squeezed into the corner of the room. In a perfect world there's plenty of room for finials on both ends of the drapery rod. But what if you bump into this scenario where a window is positioned close to an adjoining wall, allowing too little space for the drapery finial? This is when you'll need an end cap for one end of the rod. The end cap is not only a problem solver, but the asymmetrical design can often feel more dramatic as the focus leads the eye to the more decorative finial.