Wednesday, June 30, 2010

Decorative Drapery Hardware 101 - Wood Poles

"Drapery poles are usually mounted 3"-4" above the window sill. If the layered look is desired for your window,choose a double bracket that can mount one right in front of the other. You can also use a standard curtain rod with a small projection underneath a decorative rod to achieve this look." by Kirsch

Monday, June 28, 2010

How To Order Curtain Rods Online

Some items come with everything you need to complete the installation. Examples are standard curtain rods, traverse rods and most decorative curtain rods. Other items including decorative wood products are a little different. The selections available force you to break down the components that go into a complete treatment, including optional items. Actually, you may take the basic item, the wood pole, and think of everything else as optional.

Wood poles come in smooth and fluted styles in most selections.

Now that you have selected a size, style and color for your wood curtain rod, how are you going to attach it to the wall or ceiling? This is where the bracket must be selected. Things to consider selecting brackets are: How far off the wall do you want the rod to be? This is called the projection. Are you mounting to the wall or ceiling? What style do you want? Most of these have more than one option for most wood curtain rods.

Now that we have a rod and mounting brackets, what are you hanging on it? If you are hanging curtains or drapes, you will need rings that fit over the rod with an attachment for the curtains. Here you will also have to decide on style and color and size. If you are planning to drape fabric over the rod for a swag like appearance, you will not need the rings.

To make the installation look nice and lend your own special look, you need to have end caps or finials on the ends of the wood pole. Here you have to select the correct size to fit the rod you chose, and color. Many different styles are available in this department. Your personal taste will be the determining factor on finial selection.

Last, we have the holdback that is used to, well, hold the curtain back to the side of the window. These also come in many styles, but selection should be from the group all the above came from so that you can match the color.

Any additions or corrections are welcome to the above.

Thursday, June 24, 2010

Drapery Holdbacks

Drapery holdbacks are used to open the window clearance to allow more light in a room. They can be simple or decorative. Wood curtain rods have matching holdbacks, and a wide assortment of tassel holdbacks are available.

Wednesday, June 23, 2010

Curtain Rod Brackets

Curtain rod brackets come in many different flavors.First, you must select the right bracket for the type of curtain rod you have. Is it a wood rod, curtain rod or traverse rod? If wood or a round metal rod. what is the diameter of the rod? Is it being mounted on the wall or from the ceiling? Are you trying to extend the distance from the wall with a projection bracket?

As you can see, many factors are involved in deciding which bracket you need. Once you are armed with what you need, it is time to search for it. Try different a combination of descriptive words in your search.

If you get overwhelmed by the amount of information you find, you can always call a vendor and let them try to help find the right bracket for your curtain rod.

Tuesday, June 22, 2010

Howto Make Bestpleat Draperies

Decided to make your own draperies? Here is a guide from professionals to help you do it the right way. Other how to books on balloon shades and more are available.

Monday, June 21, 2010

Decorative Traverse Rods Made To Size

Ordering curtain traverse rods made easy with this made to size rod combination that includes all the hardware you need except finials. This means you can still get your custom look with selection of the finial. Select from decorative ring slides or plain slides, smooth or fluted and an assortment of colors.

Sunday, June 20, 2010

How To Convert Two-Way Draw to One-Way Draw

If you want a one-way draw traverse rod, don't let the fact that the manufacture only makes it in a two-way draw stop you from getting your first choice. Most can be converted to a one-way draw in a few easy steps.
These instructions are for Graber Decorative and Super Heavy Duty traverse rods.

1. First determine the number of slides required. All you have to do is count the number of pleats in the drapery panel and subtract two.

2. Pull rod sections apart.First, pull the cord loop out of the left master carrier locking tab. Pull the inner and outer rod sections apart and remove the left master carrier.

3. Remove any excess carriers. (Use the pleat count above to determine how many you actually need.)

4. To stack the draperies to the right:

A. Remove slides from the left side. Place all slides to the right of the master carrier.
B. Remove the master carrier overlap arm and reattach it to the last hole on the left.

5. To stack the draperies to the left:
A. Remove slides from the right side. Place all the slides to the left of the master carrier.
B. Remove the master carrier overlap arm. Rotate it to the left and reattach it.

6. Telescope rod sections together.

You are finished and ready to install your rod.

Friday, June 18, 2010

How to Install a Corner Curtain Rod

First, there are more than one type of corner curtain rod. We will be talking about the standard curtain or rod that is designed for corner or bay windows.

The corner rod is available for windows up to 48 inches. Two adjustable sections are like a standard curtain rod without the return on one end. This end has a small hole drilled through the top and bottom of the rod. This is the end that joins the two sections in the corner of the window. A special bracket is included for joining the two ends in the corner. It is about 4-6 inches long with screw threads on one end and a goal post prong on the other end. The ends of the rod sections with the holes sit on the prongs that form the goal post. The other ends with the returns use standard brackets that mount to the wall surface. Mount these first, and then mount the corner bracket, making sure that it is level with the two end brackets. Clip the return end of one side to the end bracket, and then place the end with the holes over the goal post. Repeat for the other section.

Yeah! You just scored 6 points.

Corner Curtain Rods

Thursday, June 17, 2010

Wide Curtain Rods

Wide window solutions can be solved with the large selection of wide curtain rods available at BasicQ. Shipping cost have to be considered if the rod is beyond standard UPS package. If shipping cost is a deterrent, some rods can be cut at the factory and spliced back together on the installation. Special splice accessories are designed for each rod to make this possible. Certain Architrac rods are available up to 20 feet wide in one piece and can be shipped by truck to your destination.

Monday, June 14, 2010

Somfy Motors and parts for Window Covering

A lot of parts are needed for a complete job when motorizing shades, blinds an draperies. Both AC and DC motors are available so you have to decide which is right for your product.Controls come in a remote and switch version for most motors. Cables are necessary to connect the AC motors to power and may require additional electrical work for the installation. Submit a description of what you are trying to do and our experts will find a solution that fits your needs.

Friday, June 11, 2010

Scarf Holders for Your Windows

Unusual items for decorating your windows make them stand out from the rest of the room. With imagination and determination, you can make your room unique. Easy to install, combines nicely with 1 3/8" wooden curtain rods for a truly nice look. Many colors for selection. Special order item, many in stock products available.

Wednesday, June 9, 2010

Curtain Rod Rings With Clips

Extra curtain rod rings to replace or add to what you have to finish the job. These are available in several colors and materials as well as different sizes. BasicQ has the hard to find parts for your curtain installation. Stop by and "window shop", or make your purchase

Monday, June 7, 2010

Drapery Liner Material

For large jobs, or workroom supplies, BasicQ offers a limited line of drapery liners. These come in white and ivory, blackout or semi-blackout. Fabric sold by the bolt, which varies from 60 yards to over 100 yards. This fabric protects your drapery material for little additional cost. Curtain rods and traverse rods for installation are also available in "bulk" packaging.

Friday, June 4, 2010

Zippers for Upholstry or You Name it!

BasicQ has an extensive line of workroom supplies for the do-it-yourself customers. Trim, thread, drapery headers, and pins are available from the Conso line.

Thursday, June 3, 2010

Decorative Traverse Rods

For the custom sized window, Kirsh offers the Estate Ultra curtain rod. This curtain rod is custome sized to your specifications and is available in several color and style selections. Sold by the foot, up to 16 feet wide.

Wednesday, June 2, 2010

Curtain Rod Brackets

If it's brackets you need for your Kirsch or Graber curtain rod, BasicQ is the source for you. All brackets and accessories offered by these companies are available online. Stop by and check it out.

Tuesday, June 1, 2010

French Door Curtain Rods

French doors need a special rod for attaching curtains. Kirsch and Graber makes these and they are available at BasicQ. Many special rods and regular curtain rods, traverse rods and arch curtain rods are made for the many different window shapes that are in our homes.French Door Rod

3/8" Solid steel window curtain rodding, by Kirsch SKU: 7002-12-063 Minimum 12 feet. Brass colored 12 foot solid steel rod. For...