Custom Drapery Fixtures for Sun Room in Lorton, Virginia
The client wanted full length panels on 2” decorative rods in their sun room. The rod and moveable panels were to cover the full width of the northern wall. They also wanted the rod to extend approx. 3 ½ feet over the window of the eastern wall for a stationary panel. Two stationary panels were also to be hung in the southeastern corner.
The problem: There was not enough space between the window trim and the crown molding on the eastern window and in the corners for the 7 ½” long traditional wooden brackets. Also, due to the height of the rod on the eastern wall, there was no room for a center and far right wooden bracket on the northern wall, or for wooden brackets in the southeastern corner.
The solution: I would have to manufacture my own brackets to support the rod in six places. I had to work closely with the designer of the project, to include a prefabrication trip to the job site, to make sure we were all on the same page and that all communication was clear.
Custom Brackets for Drapery Rods
I used 1” x 5” angle irons for the six brackets. I cut the brackets to the length needed to get the rods at the proper height over the window trim. This only gave me about 1 ½ inches of the bracket to attach to the wall. Therefore, the weight of the rod and panels would pull down on the bracket, driving the bottom of the bracket deeper and deeper into the drywall, and thus lowering the rod. To keep this from happening I drove a 3” drywall screw into the wall/stud until it was flush with the drywall and at the area where the bottom of the bracket was. Then I attached the bracket over this screw. The screw now supports the bracket from behind, keeping it from digging into the drywall. I did this with each bracket. I attached the rod to the brackets by means of a 1/8” wide slot that I routed in the back of the wooden rods where they attach to the brackets and are completely out of view. To secure the rod to each bracket I drilled a hole down through the back of the rod and through the bracket and inserted a drywall screw. For the center support of the 144” rod length I felt I needed a little more support than the 1” width of the bracket. So, I welded a 4” piece of angle iron to the front of the bracket, in a “T” like formation, and inserted this into the slot in the back of the rod. The six brackets were painted to more closely match the finish of the rod.
For the Northern wall the rods were not available in the length needed, 144”, so two rods were spliced together. To insure a solid and unbendable connection, I again used a 5” piece of angle iron that I inserted into a 1/8” wide notch that I routed in the back of each end of the connection. This made for a much stronger splice than the two-sided splicing screws provided.
The client was extremely happy with the finished product.