Master Carrier – options for drapery or curtain rods

  • Master carrier will  make the curtains or drapery more stable, and depending on the type of master carrier used, will have different looks.
  • Choosing which master carrier to use is a matter of choice, and fairly easy to make once you understand the benefits of using one over the other.
  • There are many choices when it comes to buying the hardware for curtains or drapes. Standard drapery or curtain rods what most installers use.
  • If you want something with a WOW! factor, consider custom rods made of wood, wrought iron, or brushed steel.
  • Look at our Hardware section on our site for inspiration. Custom finials, tiebacks, rings, hooks & rosettes are just a few of the ways to make the entire window a focal point in the room.

Overlap master or butt master options:

Overlap Masters

overlap master carrier

  • The overlap master carrier allows the drapery or curtains to overlap in the center for complete privacy and light control.
  • This type of master carrier works with most types of pleat styles and is the most common one used.

Butt Masters

butt master carrier

  • The butt master carriers abut together in the center without any overlap of the curtain or drapery fabric.
  • This option works well with Ripplefold drapes where the folds meet together for a continuous looking flow.
  • This master carrier is also best for single panel one-way draws, but do not work as well on a two-way draw track. Light in the center most likely will shine through.


Windows Dressed Up’s showroom is located in Denver, Colorado, and the owners have been supplying custom window curtains and drapes for over 58 years.

Custom made in America by expert craftsmen.