Tuesday, February 2, 2010

Which Drapery Hardware Should I Use ?

One of the biggest mistakes homeowners make when trying to DIY their window treatments is choosing the wrong hardware.  The rods that you can buy at stores like Pottery Barn and Restoration Hardware are usually adjustable and not the right scale for your window. 
I like to use 2” or 2.25” wood poles for drapery panels.  They are also available in 1 3/8” and 3” diameters.
The Select Collection, and the NEW Select Limited Collection, offers a choice of stunning finishes for poles, traverse rods, brackets, finials, and rings. This collection provides a variety of beautiful drapery hardware and accessories of superior quality with lustrous finishes and amazing detail at great prices.
select1  The European Ambiance series recreates the extraordinary look of fine old world decorative finishes. The richness of color and detail in each finish provides endless possibilities for enhancing your window treatment. All European Ambiance Finishes may be ordered for any poles, finials, brackets or rings.  Ask your design consultant to explore the many different ways that European Ambiance Old World Custom Finishes may be used in your next design project.
The Gifer Decorative hardware line offers three different collections in different sizes and finishes.  These are a good choice when you need a smaller scale rod with a more contemporary look.
Kirsch is a brand that I have used for  many, many years and have been extremely happy with.  They offer blinds and shades as well as basic and decorative hardware. 
Artigiani is a line of iron hardware offered by Helser Brothers, with over 40 finials, 10 custom finishes, rods ranging from 7/8" to 1-3/4" diameter, and plenty of accessories.
Helser        Isabella is a line of solid wood hardware by Helser Brothers that offers old world hand-finished quality with elegant and versatile options for the most discriminating buyer. Smooth and fluted rods combine with a classy array of finials to set the scene for any window treatment. Every piece is available in 10 fashionable finishes and in both 2" and 2-3/4" scales. 
Images from USC, Kirsch and Helser Brothers.

Even if you are using ready made panels you could splurge on nice hardware for a big impact !


Design A-Peele said...

never knew there was so much to know about hardware! Thanks for letting us all know!

My Vintage Modern Farmhouse said...

I totally agree with that. A few years ago I purchased nice rods at Pottery Barn and I am still using them today. The cheap rods just don't last!


Together We Save said...

Wow - these treatments are beautiful.

Sue (Someone's Mom) said...

Wow...these are gorgeous. I'm not very happy looking around my house right now:)


Melanie said...

Ah, the Helsers! They are so great. Didn't they get a customer service award last year? My mom uses Helser and Kirsch all the time too.

Curtain Rods said...

Good Stuff!! Please beware before choosing the right drapery for your window..You can contact Drapery contractor for Perfect size, angle and design.


Simone said...

I purchased some 2" wood poles from Kirsch. I have 9 windows, and need to buy a bunch of rings. I need 172 rings. I tried the 2" rings from Lowes, but they don't slide well on the poles. (These are supposed to be functional). The Kirsch rings are $22 for 4, and I don't want to spend the money ($1000 just for the rings!) if I can't open the curtains with them. Have you had any luck with the Kirsh rings?

I appreciate your input. I'm disgusted with decorative rods, and am VERY sorry I didn't do valences with traverse rods underneath.

Tammy@InStitches said...

Hi Simone, Buy a can of silicone, spray it on a rag and wipe it on your poles (don't get it on your wood floors, it's slippery) Then buy Kirsch wands that attach to the first ring, behind the pleat. It should slide much easier !

Simone said...

Thanks for the advice. The silicone worked. I also noticed the ring sizes varied a bit, I had one ring that was quite a bit smaller than the rest, which caused it to not want to move. It was amazing the difference the silicone made!

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