Highland Forge Custom Drapery Hardware

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Satin Nickel vs Brushed Stainless


Satin Nickel vs Stainless Steel





Stainless Finial Options : Endcap, Disc, Ball


Stainless Finial Options





Stainless Steel Curtain Rings


Stainless Steel rings (available since Nov 2018) in IDs of 1 1/4", 1 1/2", 2", and 2 1/2".
Round Rings - $4.95 ea.
C-rings (Bypass) - $7.95 ea.
Stainless Curtain Ring





French Return Options


French Return Curtain Rod Options

Whether you call them French Return Curtain Rods, Wrap-Around Rods, or Self Return Rods, Highland Forge specializes in rods with returns and offers several styles:

Mitered Returns are available in all rods of size 3/4" and larger. Click ADD TO CART for your selected rod to see current pricing. Mitered Returns can be ordered online.

Curved Returns are available in Round Steel rods of 3/4" - 1 1/2" diameter with projections of 3" to 4 1/2" and lengths of 24"+. Curved Returns are $145 per rod. Please order Mitered Returns online then let us know you'd like Curved and we will update your order.

Spliced Curved Returns The same look as Curved Returns but at a lower price, available for large quantity/commercial jobs. The return elbow is spliced to the rod instead of welded. The joint seam is clean and crisp (hardly noticeable) and is normally completely hidden by rings/fabric!





Mitered French Return Rods


Shown in Satin Nickel, 1" diameter rod with 4" projection.

While we can do other backplate shapes upon request, we prefer the rectangular backplate shown below since it does not stick up above the rod or out to the side. This means it will be completely hidden by the drapes, maintaining the streamlined look that is desired of return rods. In addition to being hidden, it is stronger than other designs due to its vertical height.

French Return Curtain Rods | Mitered





Curved French Return Rods


Shown in Antique Brass and Iron Black, 3/4" diameter rods with 3" projection.

French Return Curtain Rods | Curved





Shared Returns


When it comes to Double Rods with Returns, we have two options: Shared Returns and Nested Returns. There are are pros and cons to each. Please contact us to discuss your project and we can advise on the best option.

Shared Returns





Bracket Support Arm / Brace


Bracket Support Arm

All of our hardware is extremely high strength. However, there is a point with the Standard brackets (Single/Double) where an added support arm is recommended to prevent deflection (sag) in the bracket.

General Guidelines:
- A 3" projection can handle about 30 lbs
- A 5" projection can handle about 12 lbs
- A 7" projection can handle about 6 lbs

If you stay within these limits then you will have minimal or no deflection. If your installation requires greater strength then we can either add a Support Arm or you can chose from other wall mount brackets such as the M1 or Loop.





Socket Details and Assembly


Socket Bracket Assembly Round Socket Square Socket

Socket Details:

- The outside dimension of the Socket sleeve is always 1/4" larger than the rod size.
- The backplate (inner piece with screw hole) is 3/8" thick.
- Deduct 7/8" from the wall-to-wall measurement for your rod if using a socket on both ends. This allows room for the 3/8" backplates plus 1/8" of wiggle room.
- You can easily use our Socket brackets on both ends of the rod because the outer sleeve is removable from the backplate. (No need for open "U" cups.)

Installing Sockets:
  1. With the provided hex key (3/32" Allen key), loosen both set screws in the sleeve (but not so much they fall out) and remove the inner backplate.
  2. Mount the backplates right where you want the ends of the rod.
  3. Slide the sleeve over the end of the rod.
  4. Hold the end of the rod (with sleeve) up to the backplate and slide the sleeve over the backplate.
  5. Position the set screws facing up (on top, facing ceiling) then tighten the set screw to secure the sleeve to the backplate.
  6. Repeat with the other end of the rod.
  7. Adjust / rotate the rod as desired, then tighten the remaining set screws to fully secure the rod.






Ceiling Bypass Bracket


Ceiling Bypass Bracket





Double Bypass Bracket


If you need bypass functionality on a wall-mounted double rod, then this is how it's done:
Double Bypass Bracket





2" Square Collar


Although not shown on the Finials page yet, we have Square Collar finials to fit all rod sizes from 3/4" up to 2".
2 Inch Square Collar Finial





Post Tieback (Unfinished)


Post Tieback





Corner Curtain Rod


Custom Corner Curtain Rod





Bow Curtain Rod


Custom Bow Curtain Rods









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