I got this to hang my black out velvet drapes which I purchased to add to the atmosphere of my Victorian home and to help lower my energy bills. They were hung by a professional who commented on the durability and richness of the drapes and the stability and niceness of the rod and support. The wrap around feature should make the curtains even more energy efficient, which, in Houston, TX. was one of the features I was looking for. The rod is so pretty I am almost sorry it won't be seen, but it is substantial and will hold the heavy curtains well. Due to the weight of the drapes the center support hook is a necessary thing. I am quite pleased with my purchase.
Bought this curtain rod for a big wall of windows and it was perfect. I have thick plaster walls so I ended up using different Molly's/screws, but other than that assembly was really easy. I have the 96-144 and it fits 4 panels perfectly across the wall (my windows are 122 across).... And it doesn't sag in the middle! I bought the black to go with an "industrial theme" and sanded them down a little to give them a more rustic look... Highly recommend!