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Rods and Hardware for Soft Window Treatments

The options available for draping windows with ready-to-install curtain panels and top treatments are plentiful these days. And not only are there many varieties of soft window coverings available – the variety of decorative and utility rods and hardware to hang the fabric coverings is almost as vast. The requisite hardware comes packaged with the rods, along with instructions for easy installation.

Decorative rods come in different styles, diameters, and finishes.

  • Metal and wood are available with finials in a wide array of shapes, sizes, and styles.
  • In addition, there are different choices for attaching the curtains to the rods – clip rings and hooks designed to go with decorative rods are popular alternatives to using the rod pockets sewn into most curtain and topper panels.
  • Holdbacks for gathering side panels away from the window to reveal sheer panels or views are available to match most decorative rods.

Decorative rods make a design statement in their own right, and can easily be the focal point of window treatments. Putting the emphasis on decorative rods can simplify the choice of fabrication, because with the focus on the rods, curtains can be effectively done with less expensive fabrics and fewer panels.

Utility rods, which are designed to be invisible, also come with all the necessary hardware and instructions for installation. These rods are white metal, lightweight, and designed to hang single, double, and even triple fabric treatments. Utility rods are used when the fabrication of the window treatments is the focal point. With the emphasis on the fabric and the style of the top treatments, the modest cost of utility rods can contribute to cost-effective window dressings for even the tightest budgets.

Retail browsing for rods and hardware is easy at places like Linens-n-Things, Lowe’s, and The Home Depot. Catalogs such as Country Curtains and Curtain Exchange offer many options in clearly photographed presentations that also provide useful information for measuring and mounting. Another great resource is www.window-fashions.com.

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