Please be sure you have read all the measuring tips for any items you are ordering. This checklist does not cover all measuring
tips for each item, but only the more common issues we come across when reviewing an order.
Stainless Steel Material
Stainless Steel items are suggested for high humidity environments such as outdoors, bathrooms, and sometimes kitchens.
You may also want stainless steel parts simply for the nice, brushed look. If you are ordering stainless parts simply for
the look, then you should select Cleaned Only as the finish. If you are ordering stainless parts to be installed in a high
humidity environment as described above, then it's OK to select from one of our other finish colors if you'd prefer that to the
uncoated stainless. Normally you will want to have all items on your order made of stainless steel, OR all items made of steel.
Nearly all of our parts can be made in steel or stainless steel, with the
only exception being the round ring with eyelet which is only available in steel. If you are ordering all stainless items and
need rings to match, then you'll want to select the steel rings with Nickel finish - this is an extremely close match and will look great with
When specifying projection on the rods and/or the Double Brackets, be sure you have allowed enough space between
the two rods. This space is typically around 1 1/2" or so, depending on fabrics used, etc. An example with 1 1/2" space
between rods would be:
Rod 1: 1" diameter, 2 1/2" projection.
Rod 2: 1 1/4" diameter, 5" projection.
This setup would give a 1 1/2" space in between the two rods.
Be sure you'll have enough room to mount the post brackets. The backplates on the post brackets are always made to the same width
as the rod diameter, and the outside edges of the post brackets are in-line with the overall length of the rod. (See diagram on Tips page
for a detailed drawing.) (Ex: If the rod is 60" long, and it's a 1" diameter rod, then the
distance between the inside edges of the two post brackets will be 58".) ALSO: Returns are not typically used on 1 1/2" or 2" rods, but if you
are ordering a 1 1/2" or 2" rod with returns, you must select rings which are a full 1" larger than the rod, so that they
will be able to slide around the corners.
Maximum Suggested Spans
A Span is the distance between two adjacent brackets.
For example, a 130" rod using a middle bracket in the center would have 2 spans of 65". A 90" rod with no middle bracket would have a span of 90".
Knowing the span(s) of the rod will help you determine what diameter you need. Rods increase in rigidity as they increase in diameter, therefore the longer the span,
the larger diameter rod you will need to prevent sag. Fabric weight should also be considered.
Here are the maxiumum recommended spans for the rod diameters:
1/2" rod : max suggested span is ~70"
3/4" rod : max suggested span is ~80"
1" rod : max suggested span is ~90"
All larger diameters can span up to the full unspliced length of 105".
Rings should typically be at least 1/2" larger than the rod size. The only exception would be if an oversized
ring is simply desired aesthetically, or in the case of a 1 1/2" or 2" rod with returns which would require a ring 1" larger
than the rod in order to slide around the mitered corner.
These are used with our Passing brackets, please order rings 1/2" larger than the rod size. (1 1/4" rods should use
the 2" C-ring.)