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All About Hardware for Hanging Curtains, Stair Rail and Picture Framing (page 1 of 2)

Find out about the common household hardware, including those used for curtain rods, banisters and hanging pictures.

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Once the main decoration of a room is complete, there is normally a need to "finish" the room by adding window dressings, pictures, mirrors and other accessories. It is therefore essential to choose the correct attachments for particular wall surfaces and to be aware of the various brackets, clips and hardware that are available.

Finishing Hardware

Wall dressing such as curtains and blinds make up an important part of the final look of a room. For this reason, it is important to choose the right materials, and to hang them in the appropriate way.

Curtain Tracks

Most modern curtain tracks are plastic, though the traditional metal variety is still available. Light and flexible, plastic tracks are easy to install, and they can be shaped to bend around curves and corners.

Curtain Track
Plastic curtain tracks are designed to be unobtrusive and to allow the curtain to hang close to the wall or window surface.

Choosing a Curtain Track
Plastic curtain tracks have little decorative appeal and so are usually covered when the curtains are closed.

End Support (Image 1); Track Bracket (Image 2); Glider (Image 3); Curtain Hook (Image 4)

Curtain Rods

Curtain rods are secured by brackets that hold the rod away from the wall surface. Rods and brackets are normally made of wood or metal, although other materials are available. For small windows, just two end supports should be sufficient to support the rod. For large windows, or when heavy curtains are being hung, a center support may be needed. Rods can be joined using dowel screws.

Choosing a Curtain Rod (Image 1)
Part or all of the curtain rod is visible when the curtain is hung, so the design of the rod needs to fit with the rest of your decor.

Curtain Rod (Image 2)
This decorative element should be chosen with some regard to the overall look of the room.

Finial (Image 3); End and Center Support (Image 4); Curtain Ring (Image 5)

Rail Hardware

Other hardware to finish a room include the various racks and rails used for hanging clothes and towels. There are various types of brackets, and the type you use will depend on how you want to position them. The brackets themselves come in a range of materials; chrome is shown here.

Chrome Rail (Image 1)
This is a popular material because it resists tarnishing and is easily cleaned. This makes it ideal for use in the bathroom.

End Support (Image 2); Center Support (Image 3); Wall Bracket (Image 4)

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© Dorling Kindersley Limited 2009