If you are looking to up the ante, as far as hardware goes, decorative hardware opens a whole other world to the designer or hotel owner. There are almost too many variables to consider, so in order not to become overwhelmed it’s logical to start from a simple split and work up thru the entirety of the project. That being said the simplest starting point in your consideration of decorative hardware is the actual type of pole you will be using; the Cylinder Pole or the H-Rail Pole.

Cylinder Pole

The cylinder pole is the traditional version of decorative hardware that most will be used to, especially if you have any familiarity in a residential space. A cylinder pole is exactly as it sounds a straight cylinder that is installed above the window either with ceiling mounted brackets or wall mounted brackets. The cylinder pole has no carriers and so requires the treatment to be hung upon it in three main ways. First, there are grommeted drapes, drapes finished at the top with grommet holes thru which the cylinder pole is inserted. Second, Tab top drapery (see pleat style resource card for a description) is finished with fabric loops along the top hem of the drape thru which the cylinder pole runs. Lastly, there are cylinder pole rings outfitted with either eyelets or clips to accommodate hook hung drapery or ripplefold drapery.

Cylinder Pole


H-rail profile

The H-rail option is a kind of hybrid between a traditional decorative/cylinder pole look and the attachment of drapery in a traditional hardware manner. The H-rail pole gains its name from the internal shape seen when a cross section is cut from it (Figure A). The H-rail pole is attached to either the wall or ceiling via brackets. The H-rail pole allows for carriers to be inserted into the pole and a traditional hardware connection to be made with the drapery. Pinch pleat and/or ripplefold carriers can be used enabling any type of pleat style.

H-rail track

General Comments

Both types of decorative hardware pole can be either wall or ceiling mounted and the ends can accommodate any type of finials or inside mount brackets (used if the hardware is to run into a wall). Take a look at our Hardware Resource Card, downloadable below.


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