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Grommet draperies are very popular. On wide widths, you must plan very carefully. The choice of drapery rods is critical.

One way grommet top drape

One way grommet top drape

The span on this window is almost 9 feet. As a result, the only choice we had was to sturdy up the rod or do a split stack. If you notice the photo, you will see that there is a shadow on the right side of the panel. That is because there is plenty of room to stack the entire drapery on the right side. We chose to stack it all to the right, but a normal rod would have sagged under the weight, especially since the fabric is lined in a heavy blackout fabric. After consulting with the Lake Tahoe client, we decided to use a 1 3/4″ drapery rod with about 3″ grommets. Based on this chart, we were confident that the rod would be able to hold the weight of the drapery. Looking at the video and the photos, you can clearly see the results. The conclusion of the matter is this: It is very important to consider all of the details when designing your window treatments for your Reno or Lake Tahoe home. One of the biggest mistakes that I see made is using a telescoping rod for ANY drapery treatment where the material has to traverse across that seam. It usually snags and causes long term headaches.
One Way Grommet Top Drapery with Black Out Lining

One Way Grommet Top Drapery with Black Out Lining

Another benefit of a one way stack is that there is no unsightly gap at the center bracket which is so typical of split draw grommet draperies. The functional ability of the drapery is improved by the design. This is the key to choosing the right window fashions expert; you need someone who can help bridge the gap between your functional and design needs. This project nailed it for this client.

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