Measuring Tips: Wands

Hook Type

Choose the hook type based on how you intend to use the wand:

The Through-Ring hook is the more common hook type. The wand is placed through the body of the lead ring and it pulls the bottom of the ring to slide the drapes. It is a very secure hook type and is typically left in place permanently. You can hang it in front of the drapery panel for easy access or behind the panel so as to be hidden. You will need one wand per panel. Keep in mind you'll need adequate space between the ring and rod to use the Through-Ring (see more below). If using C-Rings, the Through-Ring Wand must be attached to the eyelet with a key-ring, S-hook, or something similar if possible (otherwise it will fall out the back of the ring).

The Over-Rod hook is less common, and is typically only used if a Through-Ring hook cannot be used such as with C-rings or when you do not have an adequate gap between rod and ring (see more below). You may also want to use an Over-Rod hook if you intend to use one wand for multiple drapery panels or windows, as this hook type is easier to take on and off the ring/rod. When hooked through the lead ring, the Over-Rod hook will work just like the Through-Ring by pulling the bottom of the ring. When hooked over the rod itself, the Over-Rod hook will push the lead ring.

What length do I need?

For ease of use, the wand should hang down to around shoulder height or a bit lower. The measurement that you provide for the length of the wand will be the total, overall length from end to end.

What diameter wand do I need?

Normally you should use the smallest diameter wand that can be made to your length needed. If you have a situation where you'll be putting extra force on the wand (rare) then you can go one size larger in diameter to reduce flex in the wand.

Rod Size To Fit (For Over-Rod Hooks)

This should be set to the actual size of the rod the wand will be used with. (We'll make the wand hook slightly larger than the rod size.) For example, if using the wand with a 1" rod, then select Rod Size To Fit of 1".

IMPORTANT: Ring and Rod Size

If you intend to hook the wand through the ring, then you must be sure to have an adequate gap between the ring and rod. This gap (difference between rod diameter and ring Inside Diameter) must be at least the Wand diameter plus 1/8".


• If using a 1/4" wand then the ring inner diameter must be at least 3/8" larger than the rod diameter.

• If using a 3/8" wand then the ring inner diameter must be at least 1/2" larger than the rod diameter.
• If using a 1/2" wand then the ring inner diameter must be at least 5/8" larger than the rod diameter.

Can I use a wand with a Square or Hammered Rod?

Generally speaking, if you plan to open/close the drapes on a daily basis or if you anticipate that sliding the drapes will be difficult for some reason (extremely heavy weight, etc.) then we recommend round rods and rounds rings as they slide best. However, if you want to use a wand on a Square or Hammered rod then you can certainly do so. You'll need to use the Through-Ring hook in this case as the Over-Rod hook will not work on a square shaped rod.

Can I use a wand with C-rings?

Yes.  Through-Rings wands, however, must be attached to the eyelet of the ring instead of the ring itself (otherwise it would fall out).  They can be attached with a key ring, S-hook, or something similar.