Drapery can sometimes be rather heavy and it is important to make sure that you choose the right curtain rod to on which to hang your drapery to ensure that you are able to support the weight and create the look you want. It takes proper planning to select the right curtain rod to use to hang your drapery on in your home. The following guide walks you through a few key issues to consider before you go shopping for a curtain rod.
Know the Weight of Your Draperies
You need to consider how many panels of drapery you plan to hang on each curtain rod and then weigh them to ensure that you know exactly how much weight will be hanging from the rod. The thickness of the rod may vary to ensure that it can support the weight of the draperies you plan to hang.
Know the Width of Your Window
Next, you need to know how wide your window is to know how long of a curtain rod you need to purchase. Use a measuring tape to measure from one side of the outer window frame of your window to the other outer side of the window frame. You want to get a curtain rod that is roughly two to three inches longer than the width of the window so that the draperies will cover the sides of the window frame when you are done.
Know the Style You Want to Find
Next, you need to consider if you want to use a decorative curtain rod to hang your draperies or on that has a more basic design. There are some rods that have intricate knobs or detailed artwork on the ends of them that can really amp up the look of your windows.
Know the Finish You Want to Purchase
Finally, you need to know the finish you think would pair best with the other décor you have in the room, if you want to choose curtain rods that will serve as accents to the draperies. You may want to bring one panel with you to the store to ensure you can match the finish to the colors featured in the draperies.
Once you have found the curtain rod you love, you will be able to secure the hanging brackets to the wall, slip the drapery onto the rod, and then hang the rod onto the brackets. You can also add tiebacks to the sides of the window frame to tie the draperies open so that you can see outside during the day.