Grommeted curtains or drapes do not slide past the rod support brackets. The center support is used to support the weight of a heavy drape. Penney's largest size for this rod comes with two supports, which will allow you to enjoy the look of three openings on a large window. If you have a small width window, or a "single hung window" you will probably not need, nor want, the additional support. If you have a "double hung window" or a patio door opening, AND you are hanging a light weight drape (sheer), you may not need the center support bracket. However, most drapes will require the additional support for the rod. Even if you do not think that it is necessary when the drape is initially hung, over time and repeated pulling on the drape and rod, you will eventually notice some sagging near the center of the rod. There are TWO WAYS TO GET THAT SUPPORT! ONE WAY is to use the center support bracket and always have a double-draw for your drape. THE SECOND WAY is to buy the rod which will give you the greatest overlap of the rods. THE LONGER THE LENGTH OF THE OVERLAP OF THE RODS, THE MORE STURDY/SUPPORTED YOUR ROD WILL BE. To choose the most overlap when purchasing a rod, look at the FIRST number listed for a rod. "86-120" rod means that you will get the MOST support if your space is 86" wide. The further out you extend that rod, maybe 120", the more likely your rod will sag over time and use. IF YOU PREFER A ONE-WAY DRAW (without a center support), choose the longest rod, overlap the rod to your measured size, and in the center, cut off any remaining rod with a plumber's rod cutter or a hack saw. It will only take a few minutes but it's strength will most probably outlast the lifetime of the drape.
Date published: 2016-10-29