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Projection, Section One Of Ways To Measure For Common Drapery Hardware

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Published: 12-05-2011
Projection for curtain rod brackets

One widely used term is projection. The projection of a piece of drapery hardware identifies the distance between the tip of the piece to the wall or mounting surface.

Just like every other industry or field of knowledge, the world of drapery hardware has its own distinctive group of terms and definitions. Once you learn the vocabulary of the business, it'll be a whole lot easier for you to find the drapery rods that you need to complete your window treatment. With regards to puzzling customers, figuring out certain measurements have always been a problem. According to which type of drapery expert you're speaking with, a few measurements mean different things and that contributes to purchaser frustration. The three words that you need to be comfortable with are projection, clearance and return when you are considering choosing the pieces for your curtain rods.

Projection refers to the length that component protrudes from the wall in the drapery hardware world.

Sure, it does appear to be simple enough. If you really need to figure out how far a part like a bracket or medallion protrudes from the wall or mounting surface, you'll have to determine its projection. If there are obstructions near your window which you don't want your treatment to interfere with this dimension is important. Or, if you're fitting a curtain rod on a door, you need to be sure that the projection of the rod won't keep the door from opening up all the way.

For some drapery rods, you'll need to combine measurements to determine the projection.

The projection is the precise distance from the face or front of the part to the surface it's mounted on. For a few drapery hardware pieces, the projection may perhaps be a partial measurement. For instance, if you have a holdback or rosette that has a mounting post, the post will indicate a projection that will not consist of the depth of the rosette. To determine the projection in this instance, you'll have to add the posts length to the thickness of the rosette or holdback. These two dimensions put together will supply you with the overall projection.

Projection is of great importance if you're preparing a swag style treatment with rosettes.

When you make a decision on a projection, don't just take into consideration appearance. Take into account the efficiency of your treatment. While you may want a minimal projection, you may need to add a few inches to allow for the thickness of your material. Draping fabric across a number of rosettes or hold backs to make a swag treatment without using drapery rods or poles has become popular. When your fabric is bunched together to create the swag or drape make sure that the projection posts you buy with your medallions are long enough to accommodate it.

Don't mix up the projection measurement with the return.

Return and projection are oftentimes mixed-up by buyers. The range from the wall or mounting surface to a point on the drapery hardware is a part of each of those sizes. Return only describes the point on the hardware where the fabric or curtain will hang but, projection contains the length to the very tip of the hardware. If the length from the material to the wall is important to your treatment, confusing these measurements might leave you with too little or too much material.

You'll make a better final decision about your drapery hardware if you recognize specifically what each type of measurement means. Your familiarity with these industry specific terms will help you avoid costly errors when you're deciding on the best pieces for your interior design.
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