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What Do I Need?
Drapery Hardware is classified by each Collection's Rod or Pole Diameter. For example, if you are looking at the Kirsch 2" Wood Trends Collection, that means that all of the items in that collection are based upon (and named for) a two-inch diameter pole. Accordingly, the Kirsch Two-Inch 3 1/2 Inch Return Bracket is made to hold a two-inch diameter pole, the Kirsch Two-Inch Wood Trends Rings are made to fit a two-inch diameter pole, and the Kirsch Two-Inch Wood Trends Chaucer Finial is made to fit on the end of a two-inch diameter pole. More detail on the specific sizes of all of these components are available on the product page for each product.
Selecting Drapery Hardware:
Curtain Pole or Rod. First, select the style (wood, metal, wrought iron) and diameter of the pole you are interested in. All pole and rod sizes are stated in their "Diameter". Diameter refers to the width of the cross section of the rod or pole:
After you have selected the diameter of the pole or rod you are interested in, select the length. Some of the metal poles are telescopic (i.e., 66-120). A Telescopic Pole expands to cover any width within the range specified. Other rods and poles are fixed-width (i.e., 6-Feet Long). For fixed width poles, select a pole either at the same size you need or longer. Longer poles can be cut down by you or your installer to fit your particular width requirement. Note also that if you need a pole that is wider than is offered, the poles can be "spliced" together to create a longer pole. Note that anytime a pole is "spliced" the splice must be placed over a bracket.
Brackets. The number of curtain rod brackets you need is determined by the type of rod or pole you are considering. Here are some general guidelines:
Kirsch 1 3/8" Diameter Wood Poles: Two brackets are sufficient up to a width of 60". For poles over 60" we recommend a third bracket in the center to serve as a center support.
Kirsch 2" Diameter Wood Poles: Two Brackets are sufficient up to a width of 96". At a width of 96" many customers still prefer to have a third bracket to serve as a center support, whether for aesthetics or as additional support. Over 96 inches we recommend a third bracket as a center support. Please note that at these wider widths, you or your installer must be certain that the end brackets are installed in a manner sufficient to carry the weight of the pole and draperies. In other words, at these widths, two brackets installed in "plugs" or "molly bolts" is not sufficient. You will likely need to make sure the end brackets are installed in a stud or other manner sufficuent for the weight.
Kirsch Designer Metals 1 3/8" Diameter Poles: All Kirsch Designer Metals Telescopic poles come with brackets. Additional brackets are not necessary unless you are ordering C-Rings and Center-Bypass brackets. Kirsch Designer Metals 1 3/8" 8-foot Fixed-Width poles do not come with brackets. For the Fixed-Width poles, two brackets up to 60" is sufficient. Over 60" we recommend three brackets.
Kirsch Wrought Iron: Both the 6-foot and 8-foot poles can be installed on two brackets.
Please remember, any time you are joining two rods with a center connector (Kirsch Wood Pole Connector Screw, Kirsch Wrought Iron Curtain Rod Splice, or Kirsch Designer Metals Curtain Rod Splice) the connection point must be supported by a Bracket.