{window treatment wednesday: hardware considerations}

What hardware works with your draperies?

When it comes to choosing window treatments, the styles are numerous—honeycomb shades, blinds, plantation shutters, roman shades, sheers, drapes—the list goes on and on. And then when it comes to draperies, you have hardware considerations as well. There are rods with finials, elbow brackets, drapery arms, traversing rods, holdbacks; how do you decide what will work best with your draperies?

We went to Dawn Feda, a Twin Cities window coverings expert at Hirshfield’s, to find out more about hardware considerations.

She says that most drapery hardware decisions need to consider factors such as the size of the window and the function. Is it hand drawn, traversing, or stationary?

Popular styles of hardware for window coverings are metal rods and finials in nickel or oil-rubbed bronze finishes. It’s trendy now to see shiny, skinnier metal hardware options.

“People also are asking about rods that are able to accommodate the larger windows,” says Feda. “Rods that you find in catalogs simply can’t go the distance that some of the larger windows need nowadays.”

Window size is a key factor, says Feda. “Homeowners need to consider the width of the window and where the rod should be placed. What type of anchors should be used to hold the hardware up is crucial.”

When it comes to window coverings, it’s wonderful to have so many options—but it can feel daunting to choose what’s right. We have experts on hand to help. Visit our website to see your nearest location.

Since Frank and Elizabeth Hirshfield opened their first store in 1894, it has been our mission to do the best job possible meeting customer needs and solving customer problems. Hirshfield’s. People and products you can trust.

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