I've used these rich, dark brown color rods for 42" windows and recently purchased two of the 144" wide. They are not flimsy! The widest rod works as well with the draperies as the 42". Since the rods come with supports, there is no difficulty in holding the144" length firmly when the draperies are hanging. The price is a third what I would pay for a similar look.. I'm ordering two more of this widest size for another room.