|Unlike standard curtain rods, which are hidden
by fabric, decorative curtain rods are meant
to be seen. They come in a wide variety of
designs and sizes. |
Most decorative curtain rods are made from
metal or wood. Some rods are manufactured
from synthetic materials that look like metal
or wood but can be lighter weight. Many have
a detachable decorative finial on each end.
These finials can be used to create a customized
look for every room in the house.
The following should be considered
decorative curtain rods:
Unless you want your curtains to hang straight
down, remember to look for matching curtain
tie backs when buying the rods.
- Make sure the style of the rod suits the
style of the curtains and the room where
they will hang. Wooden rods can be painted
to match the color of the walls and woodwork.
Metal rods can be shiny or antiqued to a
- Make sure the rod is sturdy enough to hold
the curtains without sagging since curtains
can be quite heavy. Similarly, the brackets
used to hang the rods need to be strong enough
to support the full weight of both the rod
and curtains. Longer window spans may need
extra brackets above the top of the window.
- Decorative curtain rods usually come in standard
lengths. Metal rods will often expand to
suit the size needed; most wooden rods and
those made from synthetics can be cut to
- Check to see how the curtains will be attached
to the rods. Curtains can be
hung by sliding
the rod through a pocket at
the top, but
rings or hooks will make it
easier to open
and close the curtains.
- If you want to hang a second, lighter layer
of sheer curtains behind the main curtains,
make sure the rod brackets you select can
accomodate a second rod.
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