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Return, Section Three Of Ways To Measure For Common Curtain Rods


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Published: 12-19-2011
Return size for curtain rod brackets

When getting curtains designed, a good term to know is the return.


The return usually represents the amount of material that you will want to add to your drapery panel width so that it can bend back to meet the wall.

One of the most important tasks when deciding on curtain rods is getting the sizes right. Clearance, projection and return are probably the most commonly used measurements that you should be informed about. The clearance is the length from the mounting surface or wall to the very back of the curtain rod or piece. And, the space from the tip of the drapery hardware item to the wall is the projection. Or, more simply, how long a product sticks out from the wall. The distance that the drapery fabric will need to bend back in order to meet the wall is the return measurement.

You'll normally use the return dimension in picking brackets.

Having the drapery bend back to meet the wall on the sides is a really common design that has been used for many years. This style gives your treatment a far more finished appearance while simultaneously blocking light and supplying an additional insulating feature. To ensure that your drapery is manufactured with enough fabric, you will have to determine the return measurement ahead of ordering your drapes. Whether you're choosing a basic curtain rod or decorative drapery rods, the return of the bracket really should be clearly indicated by the vendor. You'll need to add the return measurement to the width of your curtain panels if you want them to bend back to touch the wall.

Clearance and return are regularly confused by shoppers and even some drapery hardware industry experts.


Whenever you supply your sizes to your curtain maker or window professional, it's important that they fully grasp precisely what each of your figures mean. It's somewhat typical for the clearance and return measurements to be mixed up with one another.

Keep in mind, clearance is the distance from the wall to the back of the rod. The drapery fabric normally hangs in the center of the rod, so the return measurement includes the clearance in addition to around half of the rods thickness. You will find that your draperies will be made too short if you inadvertently provide your drapery maker the clearance dimension instead of the return. To reduce the danger of this occurring, you can add a half-inch to your return measurement and tuck-in any extra material with a safety pin when your drapes are put in.

Getting drapery hardware with an adjustable return gives you extra flexibility.

When you are looking for curtain rods, you will find that quite a few drapery rods and decorative brackets come with an adjustable return. To get your draperies to hang precisely the way you would like them to, this type of mounting hardware can be changed on site. However, products like wood brackets for drapery rods manufactured from a solid portion of wood or resin are unable to have adjustable returns. In cases like this, producers typically provide various sizes, each having a different return size.

When you are picking out your drapery hardware pieces, it's advisable to first choose your clearance. Clearance is really important for layered treatments which are really popular. To be sure that no obstructions in your room interfere with the functioning of your drapery, double-check your projection. Lastly, selecting the return is simple after you know your minimal clearance and optimum projection. You will discover that possessing a good working knowledge of these popular drapery hardware terms will always make picking your pieces a lot easier.
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