Pinch-pleat and tab top curtains are quite popular with Wrought Iron style drapery rods. New manufacturing methods have made this style very versatile and will fit any room.
Hanging wrought iron drapery rods is a fantastic way to add rustic old-fashioned charm to your house. Wrought iron drapery rods have been used all over the world for generations and companies today continue to create ageless classical wrought iron designs. Drapery rod producers like House Parts or Kirsch are utilizing new manufacturing techniques that create wrought iron designs using hollow-core rods. The classic look and feeling of regular wrought iron is brought to life without the extra weight of a solid iron bar.
You should bear in mind that this style of rod is typically only make in one-inch or three-quarter inch sizes while you're choosing the right drapery rod for your wrought iron style window dressings. This relatively small diameter may limit where you can hang your treatment because in most cases smaller sized rods are used on regular width windows. If you have to cover a width of more than six or eight feet, you should try to find a wrought iron rod with a one inch diameter and be sure you have room to install a center support to prevent the rod from bowing or sagging over time.
The two most common drapery designs used with wrought iron drapery rods are tab-top or pinch pleat with rings. A tab top style drapery doesn't use rings to attach the fabric to the pole. As an alternative, you merely slide the drapery tabs onto the pole and close and open your drapery by hand. You'll need to hang rings with eyelets or clips to connect your curtain to your hardware should you have pinch-pleat drapes. Just don't forget to get rings with eyelets unless you're going to sew them in to the curtain header. You'll need to slide your drapery pin into the eyelet of the ring. Or, if you do not want to use drapery pins, it is easy to sew the rings into the header of your drapery. Typically one or two stitches for each ring is all you will need, so it's not as complicated as it sounds.
If you have to cover a wide area using a heavier drapery, you'll need to use several supports for your wrought iron drapery rod. If you need your drapery to open and close, this could be a problem. Unless you use a drapery hardware collection, like Kirsch Wrought Iron, that has bypass brackets available, your rings won't be able to pass over the first bracket they encounter along your pole. Since Kirsch Wrought Iron has both bypass brackets and bypass rings available with their product line, it's the ideal collection for longer poles that need numerous supports but must also be operable. Since they offer lots of options that you won't find for some other makers, Kirsch drapery hardware is a great place to start your wrought iron search. After all, they've been producing drapery hardware for longer than a century.
You'll be able to open and close your drapery past the supporting brackets by using bypass rings and brackets. The brackets and rings are constructed with a tiny gap that lets you carefully open or shut your curtain across each support or bracket along the width of your pole.
The traditional appeal of classic wrought iron is truly one of a kind. And, with new manufacturing methods that incorporate hollow core rods and bypass accessories, you can hang this style treatment just about anywhere and for any type of drapery.