How to Choose Curtain Rods
Make Sure Your Rod Supports Your Curtain Type
The right curtain rod for your window treatment all depends on the fabric you want to use. If you’re leaning towards heavy fabrics, stick to a sturdy metal like wrought-iron. The last thing you want is your curtain rod bowing under heavy fabric. On the other hand, pairing lightweight options, such as grommet-top curtains or sheer-draped valances, will work like a dream.
It’s also important to keep in mind where you want to mount your curtains, because that really does affect what type of curtain rod you use. Curtains that are mounted inside the window frame work best with tension rods, while outside-mounted curtains can use a simple pair of brackets.
Keep Special Room Requirements in Mind
Some curtains styles definitely work better in certain rooms. For example, because bathrooms and kitchens traditionally have smaller windows, you’ll want to install valances in those kinds of spaces. Stick to adjustable curtain rods made from stainless steel or plastic since these rooms tend to get more moisture.
You can easily create separation in any room with a pair of curtains hung on a swing-arm curtain rod. Whether you want to separate your open closet from the rest of your bedroom or you’d simply like to divide a large living room for visual appeal, this unique curtain rod will do the trick.
Decide on a Flattering Color and Finish
You can use the color and finish of your curtain rods to add dimension to your curtains. For example, if you have a pair of cool-tone linen curtains, pairing them with a sleek, cast-iron curtain rod is one way to make your arrangement pop. Think of your curtain rod as the cherry on top of your carefully assembled window display.
If you’re looking to add depth to your room, opt for a dark curtain rod in a metallic finish to complete your window treatment. Or, if you have a beautiful set of airy cotton curtains, try a light, wooden curtain rod for a cohesive look.
Get the Right-Length Curtain Rod for Your Window
Before you buy your curtain rod, take the time to measure your window. This will help you figure out how long your curtain rod needs to be. As a general rule of thumb, your curtain rod should extend 3 to 6 inches past your window frame. An elongated curtain rod will make your windows look more grand, and it gives you more room to open your curtains, allowing a good amount of sunlight to enter your home.
It’s always better to go slightly longer than slightly shorter when choosing curtain rod diameter. This keeps light from coming around in the sides of the curtains when they’re drawn. However, a rod connector can connect multiple rods to add inches. Don’t forget diameter — the rod(s) should be at least an inch thick to support the weight of your curtains. Get detailed instructions for choosing curtain rod dimensions in How to Measure for Curtains.
Find a Curtain Rod That Suits Your Style
Your home is full of beautiful touches that all add up to your own personal and curated interior style. Believe it or not, your curtains can add a lot to your home’s unique overall look. Decorative rods come in all shapes and sizes. Try wooden curtain rods with decorative finials at the end, or go with double curtain rods with elegant spirals. You can even buy decorative curtain rods with carved leaves or flowers for a more whimsical vibe.
Need to know even more about curtain rods and other curtain hardware? Check out our Curtain Accessories Guide. We also have a great step-by-step guide on How to Hang a Curtain Rod From the Ceiling if you’re into a grand, sweeping curtain look. For more information on curtains, take the time to look at our Curtains Buying Guide.
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