If your next big project is to dress your windows up with curtains, a complementary curtain rod is a must. While you may initially assume a rod is a rod and therefore you won’t have many options to choose from, nothing could be further from the truth. Just like curtains themselves, curtain poles and curtain rails come in dozens of styles and materials, including with decorative details like finials. Determining which style is right for you depends on your window frame size, style of drapes and personal preferences. Here are a few tips to get you started with curtain hardware:
Materials and accents aside, how do I choose the correct curtain rod?
The biggest influences on your selection should be the style of drapes you’ve selected as well as the amount of space available around your window. If the top of your window is close to the ceiling, you may want to consider a ceiling-fixed unit. Some recessed windows may require a tension rod. If you have a bay window, a specially designed bay window curtain pole is the way to go. If you’ll be opening and closing your curtains often and want something that provides a smooth glide every time, consider installing a curtain track. Lastly, a double curtain rod allows you to hang two different styles of curtains over one window, so you can double up with sheer and heavy materials, allowing you to let light in or block it out. Don’t forget to make sure that whatever you choose is hefty enough to support heavy drapes if that’s what you’re planning to hang.
How wide should my curtain pole be, and how high should I install it?
To allow your curtains to be pulled back, the rod should extend beyond the width of your window on either side by 4 to 8 inches. If you’re adding finials, don’t forget to add them into your measurements, too. As for height, you’ll want your curtain pole to sit approximately 6 inches above your window to provide maximum light coverage. Depending on the length of your curtains, you may decide to install it at a slightly higher or lower spot. For more information on curtain length and rod height, refer to our Curtain Measurement Guide
What types of finials are available for my drapery rods?
Finials are the decorative ends of a rod. They provide an opportunity to add an extra dose of style with endless options. You can choose from materials such as wood, metal, mother-of-pearl or glass, as well as a variety of styles and designs. Consider what type of statement you'd like to make, as well as what will complement your curtains and decor, when choosing your finials.