It all Started in a Little Workshop Back in 1959

Cecil and Bill

Herndon & Merry was founded in 1959 by Bill Merry Sr. and Cecil Herndon

In the late 1950's the economy was booming and new homes were sprouting up everywhere. Bill and Cecil saw the housing demand and realized that these new homes would need ironwork. Carports, porch railing, fencing... every new housing development would eventually need some kind of metal fabrication. So in 1959 they opened their little metal fabrication shop in Nashville Tennessee.

It wasn't long before the little workshop was bursting at the seams with work and after less than 2 years in business, they were forced to relocate to a larger building. Many years of success followed and in 1979 Cecil Herndon decided to retire, so Bill Merry Sr. and the Merry family purchased his interests in the company.

From these humble beginnings, Herndon & Merry has grown to gain national acclaim as one of the country's finest decorative metal fabricators. Receiving more than 35 national design awards and being featured in some of Americas finest homes and publications.


Founding Principles

Craftsmanship • Innovation • Service

Since the beginning, we've always focused on preserving our traditional skills and craftsmanship, while innovating new high quality products and methods to exceed our customers expectations.

We're also very grateful for all of the wonderful relationships we've had the privilege to develop with our customers over the years, some spanning many decades. We believe that our loyal customers and our founding principles are the reasons behind our longevity and success.

Iron Rods Book Cover

Drapery Rods

In 1998 we began hand crafting custom drapery rods for local interior designers, many of which are still our customers today. Over the years, we have fabricated thousands of drapery rods, always refining and improving our designs.

Seeing the need for high quality drapery rods outside of Nashville, in 2014 we began developing a new line of rods called Iron Rods by Herndon & Merry, tailor made for fabric shops and interior designers.

In January of 2015 we launched our new rods into a few select retail fabric stores and to 150 interior designers. For more than a year and a half, we worked hand-in-hand with them, refining our products, to ensure our drapery rod line exceeded all their expectations. The results are something we're very proud of... a stunning collection of drapery rods, that are high quality, simple to install and easy to order.

In August of 2016, we began the national roll-out of our drapery rod line. Now, for the first time in our nearly 60 year history, our drapery rods are available to consumers across the nation, through local fabric stores, drapery workshops and interior designers.

Family Legacy

After all these years, Herndon & Merry is still a family owned & operated business. Although Bill Merry Sr. is no longer with us, his legacy of craftsmanship, innovation and service lives on. His sons Bill Merry Jr. and Keith Merry now lead the company and we are blessed with a talented team of artisans, designers and fabricators.

Picture of Bill Merry Jr. and Keith MerryPicture of the Herndon and Merry Team