The width of this doorway/opening to the backyard is 180". When the designer told me she wanted one panel, not a pair, that would stack to the far left side, I told her it was too big an expanse, that there had to be a center support because the weight of the panel would bow the rod. And with a center support, half the rings would be stuck on the other side of that support.
That Cara Clancy is so cleaver, though! She had a rod made with the needed center support and special rings that slip past the center so that panel CAN be pushed to one side! I was so amazed that this was even possible, but as you can see from the picture above and below, it's all on the left side of the rod.
We chose to less fullness than normal for the inverted pleat drapery panel. The usual is 2 1/2 - 3 times full. In this case, I made it only about 1 1/4 times full. But because the panel will almost always be open, the less fabric in the panel, the less the window will be covered, and it still looks nice when it's closed.
The stripe even looks nice all bunched up.
More of an over all view of the dining room with the drapery panel shut.