rods on our drapery cranes are manufactured at 35 7/8” in length. The finials
are 3’ long and the L-bracket at the wall mount adds 1” from the outside of the
bracket or 3/8” from inside the bracket. Consequently, an assembled drapery
crane mounted on a window trim or wall will extend 39 ¼” from the inside edge
of the wall bracket to the tip of the finial.
install the cranes on a particular window, you may want to reduce the length of
the crane to suit a specific window treatment. For
example, suppose you want a pair of cranes to mount on the wall up tight to the window
trim and you want the finials to overlap when the cranes are closed across the
window. This treatment essentially has the ends of the two cranes butting up to
each other if the finials were to be removed from the cranes. The window
measures 42” wide from the outside of the window trim. To achieve this look, the tubular rods should
be cut to a length of 20 5/8” long on each side [ i.e., 21” – 3/8” = 20 5/8”
the same window treatment were to be installed with the brackets mounted on the
outside edge of the window wood trim, then the rod length must be adjusted by
the full 1” width of the L-bracket [ i.e., 21” – 1” = 20” cut size].
the window treatment on the same window is to have the finials butt up to one
another when the cranes are closed across the window, the length of the finial,
as well as the adjustment for placement of the wall bracket must be considered.
If the wall bracket is mounted on the wall next to the window trim, then the
21” overall extension of the crane from the inside edge of the L-bracket must
be reduced 3/8” for the bracket extension and 3” for the length of the finial
or 3 3/8” total. The tubular rods should be cut to 17
5/8” in length.
will want to cut the rods to make the overall crane extensions fit your
treatment specifications as closely as possible. However, for most
installations, a minor deviation in length up to ½” per rod is not likely to
affect the appearance of the window treatment. Usually, you will have some
leeway in the placement of the wall bracket that will allow you to compensate
for minor deviations in the length of the rods.