I’m obsessed with drapery hardware! To me it’s like jewelry for your windows. For some reason, people continue to use the same basic hardware thinking that the fabric is the star of the show but rarely consider that it’s like accessorizing an outfit to make it look pulled together and “right”.
There is a process for designing window treatments that ensures the end result is amazing. I always start with the purpose, is it decorative or functional? Who is it intended for; a child’s room, a formal dining room, a cozy den the primary bedroom? From there, I narrow it down to fabric choices, pleat style and how best to line and fabricate it. But it doesn’t stop there…how will this gorgeous new drapery be installed? If there’s a valance, just a basic white track will do. However, if there is no valance, I want the drapery hardware to speak volumes. The esthetic of the room as well as the room’s occupant are important considerations.
This is where the fun begins because there is so much to choose from!
But first: rule #1, when investing in custom curtains, never, ever use anything less than custom made hardware. In my experience, there’s nothing worse than telescoping hardware (curtain rods that expand to fit the size of the window). The curtain rings won’t glide across that lumpy seam where the two pieces fit inside one another, and the rod often sags with the weight of the drapery.
I avoid these problems by using the correct hardware made to fit and sturdy enough for the weight of the draperies I’m designing. And the best part is that there is so much more to choose from! As an experienced drapery professional I have a ton of options and suppliers to choose from. I know exactly what hardware will work for which treatment in terms of style, stability and function.
Now that we’ve covered off the importance of selecting the perfect hardware for your new draperies, check out this post on how to up-level your custom curtain designs and turn window treatments into window fashions.
Myrna Everett is the founder of Home Vogue Interiors where we specialize in custom window fashions and other soft home goods. If you have enjoyed this blog post, please share it with others. If you are ready to start a conversation about your next project click on the “Your Project” button above and tell us what you’re working on and we’ll reach out to you and help you get started.