Every designer has faced at least one situation for which a swing arm treatment is the perfect answer. Sometimes the placement of a door doesn’t allow room for the stack of the drapery if the door is to be operational. Sometimes a room divider is necessary to separate spaces. The swing arm treatment is commonly used to take the place of a door to an area. And who doesn’t love the little individual café curtains that must mount on the window itself. Tres retro!
Anchoring a drapery rod on only one end is an option that requires advance planning. Helser Brothers offers several swing arm products in a variety of styles and sizes. Selecting the correct design for your application is dependent on several factors. While each situation presents its own challenges, there are three common denominators that will determine the final outcome. The three factors that must be considered are the strength of the hardware assembly, the weight of the treatment, and the mounting surface.
The length and diameter of the rod can be critical in deciding which swing arm design to use. It is interesting to note that hollow rods are much stronger than solid rods. The solid rods are also heavier in weight which puts more stress on the hinge bracket. We offer our swing arm designs in the following hinge designs. You should be aware that there is always some small amount of play in a hinge.
Barrel Hinge Swing Arm is Great for Light Treatments
Our barrel hinge swing arm is a two piece assembly with a post in the top of the bottom section which is attached to the bracket plate, and a top section that is hollow and slides on to the post. The top section is welded to the rod itself. This option works very well for lighter weight, smaller treatments.
Back Plate Bands Add Swing Arm Stability
One of our most popular swing arm designs consists of bands, or rings, mounted horizontally to the wall plate. The rod is bent in a 90° angle on one end and then it slides into the bands. The bands hold the short end vertically which in turn holds the longer section of rod horizontally and also acts as a hinge allowing the rod to rotate. There are a number of variations available that use this concept. More distance between the bands increases the stability of the horizontal arm. We are happy to help you design the perfect rod for your situation.
Evita Swing Arms are Elegant and Strong
When a heavier or wider treatment is desired, our Evita swing arm provides more support and stability. Adding a decorative brace at the top makes a significant difference in the weight and length parameters. As shown below, the Evita swing arm assembly requires more wall space above the rod to accommodate the scrollwork that acts as a brace. The rod extending vertically below the horizontal rod may be shortened. Our Evita line rounds out a variety of great designs for a swing arm situation!