Drapery grommets are the familiar metal or plastic rings that surround the holes at the tops of draperies, supporting the fabric and preventing it from fraying or tearing. The holes are usually necessary for the insertion of drapery hooks, drapery pleaters or for the curtain rod.
Both metal and plastic are used in the manufacture of grommets to be used in draperies. Metal grommets come in a variety of sizes to accommodate other hardware. Some suppliers offer special large-size metal grommets for 2-inch poles where the pole is actually inserted through the grommets. Metal grommets are more likely to be needed when draperies are made of heavy fabric.
Most grommet suppliers also offer plastic grommets. These are appropriate for lightweight fabrics, for short curtain treatments, for shower curtains or bed draperies. Plastic grommets are made in many sizes too and have the advantage of being dyed in colors to blend with fabrics.
Grommets are sold in two pieces, one ring that fits inside another. When the two rings are connected they form a very tight bond that will support the weight of fabric. For metal grommets, special tools are generally required to produce the bond. For plastic grommets, a small hammer may be all that is needed.
Wholesale prices for drapery hardware and decorating supplies are available to both the professional decorator and the homeowner who decorates one room at a time, but a small order of grommets will be more expensive, per piece, than a large one. Many wholesale suppliers display their selections on web pages, and some maintain warehouse salesrooms in large cities.
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