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Pole Diameter Is A Matter Of Perspective

Consider the size of your window when selecting a diameter for your wood or metal drapery pole or curtain rod.

If your window is really high or really long, consider a larger diameter drapery pole size. Small diameter drapery poles or curtain rods on a large window may seem "flimsy" when viewed from the ground.

Wood Kirsch Drapery Hardware Is Available In Different Styles & Sizes

There are a lot of choices to make when you decide to use a wood drapery pole for your curtain rod. When making your decision, consider the wood pole size or diameter first. Selecting the proper Kirsch wood pole diameter is very important for functionality. Once you choose a diameter, look to see which styles are available for your selected wood pole size.

Most Wood Drapery Poles Are Available In Different Diameters

Wood Drapery Pole Diameters

Wood drapery pole diameter is one of the most important selections you will make when choosing the Kirsch drapery hardware for your window treatment.

The wood drapery pole diameter plays an important part in both how your drapery hardware treatment will look and how it will function. For obvious reasons, the greater your pole diameter is, the more curtain weight the drapery pole will be able to hold. A larger diameter drapery pole will resist bowing under the weight of heavily lined or interlined daperies.

Also, consider how the drapery pole will look when viewed at floor level. If you window is wide, over 4 or 5 feet for example, a smaller diameter drapery pole may look "flimsy" even though it's capable of carrying the weight of your fabric.

If your window is very high or very long, you may need to use a 3" diameter wood drapery pole. A 3" diameter drapery pole may look huge when you hold it in your hand, but when it's hanging 16 feet off the floor, from the viewers perspective, it looks just right.

If you have windows of different sizes in the same room, consider selecting one pole diameter and using this diameter for every window to give a consistent look to your room.

Kirsch Wood Drapery Hardware Comes In Many Styles Like Fluted Or Smooth

Wood Drapery Pole Styles

Wood drapery pole styles can varry between brands and collections. The two most popular wood drapery pole styles are fluted and smooth. Fluted wood Kirsch drapery hardware is by far the most popular, especially with designer finishes because the grooves in the pole absorb more paint or stain to give your wood curtain rod a two-toned look.

Some wood drapery pole styles may change from one diameter to the next. For example, the grooves on a 1 3/8" wood curtain rod will follow the Narrow Flute pattern. And, in the same collection, the gooves on a 2" or 2 1/4" wood curtain rod will follow the regular Fluted pattern.

It's important to remember that the flutes, grooves or reeds in a wood pole take paint or stain in different ways. This variation in tone makes your wood drapery pole unique. But, if you're after a consistant finish, a smooth wood curtain rod may be your best choice.

Adding A Custom Touch To Your Wood Drapery Pole

Wood Drapery Pole Finger Joints

You may want to add your own design elements to your wood drapery pole like custom stain, faux-finishing or fabric wrap.

If you are going to order unfinished wood Kirsch drapery hardware and stain them yourself, watch out for finger joints. Many low cost wood poles are manufactured from many pieces of wood joined together using finger joints. When you stain a finger jointed wood drapery rod, the joints will show through your stain. Finger jointed wood poles should be painted, faux-finished or fabric wrapped - never stained.

One of the easiest methods to add a completely custom look to your window treatment is to find an unfinished drapery rod and paint or stain it yourself. Before you begin a project like this, you should thoroughly plan out exactly what type of pole you're going to buy and how you're going to finish it. All drapery poles are not created equal. Learning more about your drapery pole's construction will help you determine if it's suitable for your project.

For a custom stain finish, make sure the drapery pole you select is made from a solid piece of wood. Many shoppers don't realize that low-cost department store or home improvement store discount drapery rods are usually made from several pieces of wood joined together. That's not a problem for a factory finished pole, but if you want to add your own stain, these joints present a huge problem. The most common method of combining two pieces of wood to create a pole is to use finger joints. These joints become invisible when painted, but the reverse is true if you stain them. Staining a wood pole with finger joints will make the edges of the joint very noticeable and it will ruin your stain finish. Carefully examine your unfinished drapery rod to make sure it doesn't have any finger joints. If you're still unsure, ask the manufacturer about the construction of the pole before you buy it.

Buying a low-cost wood dowel from a home improvement store to use for your drapery rod may be an option if you're going to create a fabric wrap treatment. You can save a lot of money by opting for a wood dowel, but you need to make sure that the treatment you're creating will completely cover the dowel. Most wood dowels aren't manufactured from premium cuts of wood and they may have a rough appearance that's certainly not suitable for stain or paint. And, warping or bowing over time is a frequent problem with wood dowels. As the wood ages and dries, the dowel may distort. But, as long as the bowing is minimal, the fabric wrapped around it will hide this flaw. Remember, while buying a wood dowel may be an option, these pieces really aren't meant to be used in a decorative window treatment and they may not hold up well over time.

One of the most effective ways to add your own touch to your drapery hardware is to paint of faux-finish a drapery rod. Just about any unfinished Kirsch curtain rod will work great for painting or faux-finishing. The paint process will hide any finger joints, so buying a lower cost drapery pole is definitely an option for faux-finishing. Also remember that most of the accessory items you're going to need will be made from resin in the majority of cases. Paint or stain typically looks slightly different when applied to resin items.

Getting exactly what you want is really easy when you decide to paint or stain your wood drapery rods. Just keep in mind the few tips about pole construction when you buy your unfinished pole. And, to make sure you get everything just the way you want, see if you can get a pole slightly bigger than what you need. Trim off the excess and use the drop-off to experiment with your paint or stain technique.

 
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