Measuring Tips: Rings

What size rings do I need?

Rings should typically be 1/2" larger than the rod size, such as a 2" ring with a 1 1/2" diameter rod. Note that our rod sizes indicate the outer diameter while our ring sizes indicate the inner diameter. You can use rings that are only 1/4" larger than the rod in most cases, so long as you do not have Mitered Returns, Bypass brackets, or intend to use Through-Ring Wands. 


Please note below several case-specific scenarios:

If using Rods with Returns

 For Curved returns, a ring that is 1/4" larger than the rod will work. For Mitered returns, in order to "turn the corner", you will need larger rings for rods 1 1/4" and larger: 1 1/4" rods will need the 2" ring, 1 1/2" rods will need the 2 1/2" ring, and 2" rods will need the 3" ring. This is expecially important for rods that are not spliced. Alternatively, if a rod with Mitered returns is spliced then you can load rings onto the face of the rod from the splice and will not need a larger ring if you don't intend to "turn the corner".

If using a Through-Ring Wand

There must be enough gap between the ring and rod for the wand to fit.  This gap (difference between rod Outside Diameter and ring Inside Diameter) must be at least the wand diameter + 1/8". For example, a 3/8” Through-Ring Wand will work with a 1” diameter rod and 1 ½” rings.  A ¼” Through-Ring wand will not work with a 1” diameter rod and 1 ¼” ring; you would need to either increase the size of the ring or decrease the size of the rod.

If using C-Rings

C-rings are made to fit with an exact rod size. Please be sure to select the appropriate C-rings for your rod size. Note that if using Through-Ring Wands with C-Rings, the wand cannot be hooked into the ring (or else it would fall out), but instead must be attached to the eyelet with a key-ring, S-hook, or something similar if possible.

If using an Existing Rod

If you are purchasing rings to use with an existing rod, then it is important to know the exact outside diameter of your rod. If it is a telescoping / adjustable rod, then be sure to measure the large end. The easiest way to measure the diameter is to remove the finial from one end and measure straight across the end of the rod from one side to the other.

How do my Drapes attach to the Rings?

The traditional method for attaching a ring with eyelet is to sew the fabric into the eyelet. This is the method typically preferred by designers and can be done at any drapery workroom. Another method is to use drapery pins. With drapery pins, one end attaches to the fabric and the other end is hooked through the eyelet. Drapery pins come in various shapes and sizes and are available at most drapery / fabric stores as well as online.

How Many Rings Do I Need?

We can offer some general guidelines to estimate your ring count. Generally speaking, if you are using drapes that will be drawn across the entire rod, your fabric needs will be approximately 1.5x to 2.0x the length of the rod. Rings are then typically placed every 5” to 7” along the fabric. Please keep in mind that all drapes are different.