For bay window rods, we suggest that you place their finger on the physical wall where the base of the finial should be, then measure on the wall to the physical comer. For center sections of a bay window configuration, measure the back wall from physical comer to physical comer. Then measure from the comer to the right side where the base of the right finial is to be. Label each section of the bay rod as BLB = xx" for left side, BCB = xx" for center, and BRB = xx" for right side.
Bay windows rods also require us to know the relationship of the walls to one another. This relationship is known as the corner angle or angle of the bay. Placing a business card on each side of the comer and moving the cards toward the comer easily measure it. Hold the cards firmly together and trace the outline of the cards on a piece of paper. Congratulations! You have now copied the exact angle of the bay. Fax this to us and we will measure the angle and determine the degrees, or just give us the degrees if you prefer to measure. Most bay angles are approximately 135 degrees; however, we have seen angles ranging for 120 degrees to 160 degrees. Repeat this procedure for each comer in your bay and clearly label the angles on your order.
Bay window rods are joined in the corners with a flexible wire coil (like a spring), which fits inside the hollow steel rods. This allows the rods to flex, so that if your wall is not at the same angle as where it was measured, the rod will still fit nicely. It allows for adjustments of up to 3” in length, by exposing more of the wire coil conector. We ship the bay with the optimal amount of coil viewed from the front to be only 1/4” to 1/2”. The optimal amount is mathematically determined based on the information you provide for the BLB, BCB, and BRB measurements, as well as the angles in the bay, combined with information we already know about the bracket projection and rod diameters. We do the math and the rod will fit perfect every time making the installation quick and easy!
Bay window rods require the angle of all corners. You may measure and include the angle in degrees, or fax a copy of the angle transferred to paper from two business cards. Bay rods include a straight cut of the rods joined with a metal flexible coil connector (no extra charge) or a precision miter cut for the rod. ($30 extra) joined with the flexible coil connector hidden from view.
An option for any corner using the flexible wire coil is a precision miter cut of the rods in the corner to be at the same angle as you provide. By cutting the rods at the angle, the coil will be concealed by the rods and not seen. The rods will still flex as with the standard bay window rod to allow easy, and forgiving, installation. Please request Precision Miter and add $30 extra for this service.