The following blog post was originally posted on the Helser Brothers Hardware website. The points are valid, and worth viewing. So many clients are using heavier fabrics, like chenilles, velvets and faux suedes. Plus, because of deep sills, window fashion experts have to project the rods out an extra few inches. Imagine holding a gallon of milk with your arms extended in front of you. That shows you the kind of stress involved in projection brackets. Read their blog for more information. Also, the pictures of the brackets on their site add much to the story.
The next step in planning hardware for wide windows involves the actual bracket. Brackets come in all sizes and designs but we will discuss what makes the bracket strong and able to withstand constant use. As the span between brackets increases, the weight load on each bracket also increases.
Artigiani Bracket Base and Wide Windows.
The first thing to understand is the “footprint” of the bracket. This is the amount of space the backplate of the bracket covers on the wall and how far apart the mounting screws can be placed. This is important for two reasons. If the screws are too close together, instead of anchoring the bracket to the wall securely, the drywall can be weakened. Some anchors also require a larger hole be drilled into the drywall to allow the anchor pieces to pass through. The image to the right shows our ultra strong Artigiani bracket base. The wide backplate allows a circle of support for the rod and drapery. The width also increases the possibility of hitting a stud which is always the best option.
Heavy Metal = Heavy Duty Brackets
It’s boring, but the gauge of the metal used to make the bracket is important. Thicker metal is stronger than thinner metal. Helser Brothers’ standard strap brackets are made of 3/16″ thick steel strap. They have strength built in that can make a big difference when they are limited in number. In fact, they are so strong that we don’t need to add a gusset support piece until the clearance reaches 6-1/2″.
Where’s the Wood?
Especially with wide windows, the placement of the brackets is important. If you know there is a stud or a header behind the drywall, all is good! If not, be aware of the weight of your overall treatment and make sure your installer is using anchors capable of handling the weight. One of the easiest “hacks” for heavy hardware is to increase the size of the back plate on your bracket. With our custom capabilities, it is easy and inexpensive to alter the bracket to fit your need!
In these days of large windows and luscious fabrics, we want every treatment to look and function beautifully. Our next post in this series will discuss the pros and cons of bypass brackets, so hang in there!