Motorized rods are more than window dressing | Drapery Connection

It's curtains for you
By Marsha Roth Special to The Courier-Journal

Traverse rods have come into their own. With a multitude of new finishes and structures to choose from, they are commanding attention as part of drapery design.

Paired with a motorized remote, the combination will grace your windows with style and ease.

Motorized drapery rods are not a new trend. You've not seen them for years hidden under valances or cornices in many fashionable homes. Two companies, The Finial Company and Somfy, offer the very newest in drapery automation with the addition of specially designed wooden rods that fit over and completely hide the motor apparatus. So you can have your magical motorized draperies as well as beautiful rods and finials to finish the look.

Each set of Somfy Glystro Direct Drive Drapery Motor rods comes with a transformer equipped to fit into an AC outlet, a radio receiver and a 5½-inch controller. The receiver picks up the signal from anywhere in the room and you have a quiet, efficient method of controlling your curtains. You can choose from a split draw or left or right openings.

With so many homes featuring floor-to-ceiling windows or vaulted windows, this motorized system makes draperies possible. You can control window coverings without climbing a ladder or chair and will no longer have to rely upon shades for privacy or protection. What a great addition this would be for a home theater or office projection area.

And the options. Your rod can be smooth, grooved, twisted or reedlike with 2-, 2½- or 3-inch pole choices. Finishes range from rich wooden stains, such as pecan, to gold, bronze, copper, pewter and platinum. There are more than 40 color choices. With the addition of finials, your drapery rod will have a custom look that is perfect for your personal style, whether you are traditional, modern or eclectic.

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