Curtain Rods - Decorating Tips
Rings and Finials
Curtains are supported using either curtain rods or track depending on what sort of fitting the window or door lends itself to. Rods, or curtain poles, are the more attractive form of curtain support and can add to the decor.
Track is the cheaper option but looks unsightly and should be covered if possible. If there is not enough space above the window for a curtain rod, then track has to be used instead.
There are many different styles of curtain rod on the market, so finding a style in keeping with your home should not be a problem. Plain wooden or metal poles can be dressed up with exotic finials and vice versa. Impressive wrought-iron poles with old-fashioned designs, such as a fleur de lis, look almost medieval. Metal curtain rods with a shiny brass finish look very smart. Consider the rest of the room and the curtains when choosing a curtain pole.
Rings and Finials
The poles should come with matching rings which slide onto the pole and have smaller metal rings hanging from them. The curtains have hooks threaded through the back of the curtain and can be attached to the curtain rings using these. Both the poles and the rings are visible. The poles can be finished off with curtain finials which slide on the end of the poles to stop the end rings falling off and for decoration. Finials can be mixed and matched so you can have a plain pole with an ornate finial or an intricately-designed pole with a plain finial. Often curtain finials and rods are bought as a matching set.
While curtain rods are usually bought with matching curtain rings, it can be fun experimenting with contrasting rings. Remember that the rings should be at least half an inch larger in diameter than the pole. Another option is to have the curtain stitched so the top hem forms a pocket big enough for the rod to fit through. Tab top curtains have wide straps sewn across the top of the curtains which attach the curtain to the pole. Curtain rings are most the most common method and have the advantage that curtains can easily be taken down and put up without moving the curtain rod.
Fitting curtain rods to bay windows
Bay windows consist of three windows to fit in the three-sided bay; usually bay windows use flexible track which bends around the bay for curtains. However for older bay windows with thicker gaps between the panes, you can use curtain rods and still not lose too much light when the curtains are pulled back. You need one rod per window and the middle curtain will pull across to one side. Using tiebacks can help hold the curtain out of the pane. If there is not much room between the top of the window and the ceiling then using curtain poles may not be possible.
Double curtain rods
These have two parallel rods projecting from one set of brackets to allow for a curtain valance or having two layers of drapes. People may wish to have two layers of curtains if they want to have a thinner under layer which can be drawn to allow the light in but cover an unsightly view or stop people looking in. The outer curtains would be heavier curtains which could be drawn at nighttime. The other alternative is to have two sets of sheer drapes to create unusual effects with light and color.