You’ve just finishing hanging your gorgeous new window treatment and it turns out you have a couple of bags of drapery rings and maybe a bracket or two left over. Great! You can return them or take them back to the store and put a few dollars back in your pocket – or, you could tuck them away in the hall closet and in a few years, those left over drapery rings will become priceless.
It's difficult to explain to someone who hasn’t sat in our chair for a day or two just how many calls we take from customers who need just a few replacement rings, or a replacement bracket and can’t seem to find anything that matches. Hopefully, your drapery hardware is going to last a really long time and you might decide to change your curtains a few years down the road. So, what happens if your new curtains have 28 pleats instead of 27? Or, maybe you lost a bracket or component when you took your rod down to paint. Or, maybe you tugged a little too hard on your curtain and popped an eyelet out of a ring. Regardless of the situation, there’s a pretty good chance you’re going to wish you had a couple of extra bags of rings or a replacement bracket at some point in the future.
"Well, if something like that happens, I can just buy some more rings, right? No sense in keeping these left-overs or buying more than I need now." You would think it’d be super easy to match up a ring or bracket, especially if you remember the brand, collection and color. But, the tonal nature of drapery hardware, especially wood style, gradually changes over time. Even if the same collection and color is still available a few years later, the new rings or new bracket is going to stick out like a sore thumb. The only way to make sure everything blends together is to order it all at the same time. Plus, each time a drapery hardware manufacturer makes a new batch of product it turns out just a bit lighter, just a bit darker, just a bit more red, just a bit less red, etc. You’d never notice as long as everything was ordered together. But, trying to get a good match, even just a few months later can sometimes be tough.
So, how many extra rings should you plan on? Honestly, that’s totally up to you. But, it’s not a bad idea to over-order rings by ten or even twenty percent and to get at least one more bracket than what you think you’ll need. And, we will acknowledge that this sounds totally self-serving – a drapery hardware company telling customers that buying more than what you’ll need is actually a good thing. But, seriously, in a few years, you’re going to call us and say “thanks”!