Drapery Hardware

Compliment your drapes with decorative, stylish and functional drapery hardware

Drapery Hardware - Drapery Hardware

All forms of drapery hardware are functional in nature, but there are even more that are stylish, elaborate and detailed to bring an added decorative touch to your home.

This buying guide highlights the different types of available drapery hardware options, along with the accessories that complete them and curtain rods that hang them.

Drapery Hardware Types

Some drapery hardware pieces are well suited for contemporary designs, while others match traditional designs

  • Hardware can be hidden from view, or out in the open to serve as an accent.
  • Curtain rods are the largest piece of hardware and will determine the types of end caps, brackets, tiebacks and more that you can consider.
  • Functional hardware is often concealed by fabrics or fixtures.
  • Functional pieces include metal curtain rods, curtain hooks, traverse rods and more.
  • Decorative pieces dress up and add style to basic window treatment elements.
  • Decorative hardware examples include tassels, sconces, finials, tiebacks and more.

Curtain Rods

The curtain rod will serve as the main support for your drapes and serve as the central focus of your hardware

  • You can consider concealing rods that hide the rod, or prominent decorative rods.
  • Thicker rods create a more dramatic visual effect.
  • Rods that are wider than windows can be used to expand the appearance of the width of the window.


Rod Type Description Points to Consider

Decorative

  • Available in an array of designs and diameters
  • Highly visible, affects the appearance of a window treatment and room
  • May be made from brass, wrought iron, verdigris, brushed nickel, pewter, wood and more
  • May be adjustable or fixed in length
  • Wood may be plain or fluted and stained, painted or unfinished

Concealed

  • Often comes in the form of an
    adjustable, metal lock-seam
    rod
  • Designed to be covered by the
    curtains or drapes and remain
    unseen
  • Other types include sash, tension
    and wide-pocket rods
  • Often white in color, with some metallic finishes available
  • Double and triple rods can be used for layered treatments
  • Sash rods are used with sashes or hourglass
    curtains on French doors or casement windows
  • Tension rods use a spring mechanism to keep the ends in place and are best for use with lighter drapes and curtains
  • Wide-pocket rods are ideal for creating a shirred
    valance

Traverse

  • Used with draperies that are opened and closed with a wand or cord
  • Drapery hooks are inserted into
    sliding holders, or carriers
  • Rod is visible when drapes are open unless a top treatment is installed
  • Two-way rods are the most commonly used type
  • Two-way traverse rods allow drapes to move away from the middle to each end
  • One-way rods allow panels to move in only one
    direction
  • One-way rods are often used on sliding patio
    doors or in corners
  • Decorative traverse rods are used with rings and
    can be seen even when drapes are closed

Café

  • Generally feature a narrow diameter and are round or fluted with subtle finials
  • Often brass, but also available in a range of colored finishes
  • May or may not have rings
  • Ideal for use with tie-tab or hand-drawn curtains


Accessories

Common accessories include finials, end caps, brackets, sconces and ringss

  • Finials and end caps cover the side openings or ends of the curtain rod and can be very elaborate.
  • Various metals, wood, ceramic, glass, molded resin and rattan are materials used to make end caps and finials.
  • Common shapes include spears, arrows, balls, leaves, stars, flowers, scrolls and more.
  • Brackets made from the same materials as finials complement each other.
  • Sconce designs include animals, grape clusters, flowers, leaves and more.
  • Tiebacks hold the drapes off to the sides of the window to allow more light in.
  • Rings, clips hooks and pulls connect drapes and curtains to the rod and can be hidden or visible.