If you've decided to outfit your windows with curtains, you'll need to invest in a pole or rod to get the job done. Curtain rods come in a wide selection of styles and materials, many including decorative details like finials. To determine what's right for you, you'll need to think about window size, curtain style and aesthetic preference. More
How do you choose the correct rod? Keep in mind the style of curtain you'll be hanging as well as the amount of space you have around the window. If your window is close to the ceiling, you may need to consider a ceiling-fixed rod; otherwise, you may be fine with a wall-fixed rod. In addition, be sure your curtain rod is the right match for the chosen curtain. If you have a heavy drapery, you want to be sure your rod can support it.
What types of curtain rods should you consider? Curtain rods come in a large variety of styles, so it's really dependent on the type of visual impact you'd like to make. Choose a minimalist design in a bold color for a contemporary approach, or go more traditional with a pole in bronze, copper or wood. There are even playful styles that kids will love.
What types of finials are available? Finials are the decorative ends of the curtain rod. These provide an opportunity to express an extra dose of style for your poles, and the options are endless. You can choose from materials such as wood, metal, mother of pearl, glass, and an endless 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 making this decision.
How wide should your pole be? To allow the curtains to be pulled back, the curtain rod should extend beyond the window at either side by 10-20 cm. Don't forget to consider the width of your finials in this measurement if necessary.
How high should you install it? Provide maximum light coverage when the curtains are closed by hanging the pole about 15 cm above the window. You may want it slightly higher or shorter, depending on the length of your curtain.
Review curtain pole options here to see which style and material may work for you.