Curtain Home Design

Choosing Curtain Rods: Variants, Styles, Fitting Types

If you choose your curtain rods properly, they can influence your perception of both the interior design and the room size. Visually, a wisely selected curtain rod can elevate the ceiling, broaden a narrow wall or expand a small space.

The curtains should unalterably correspond to the selected interior style and color palette, complementing the overall picture. They play a major role as a décor element, but the curtain rods are equally important. A curtain rod performs a constructive task by holding the curtains, ensuring their failure-free function, easy opening and closing. In addition, this element must comply with the rest of the interior stylistically and harmonically.

Wrought Curtain Rods

Recommendations On How To Choose A Curtain Rod

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In order to make the right choice while considering different curtain rods, you should take into account the following factors:

  1. Each curtain rod is designed for certain loads. Estimate the approximate weight of your curtains and choose the curtain rods correspondingly.
  2. Decide on the curtain fitting type. The fittings should correspond to the chosen fabric and be easy to move along the pole, without getting stuck or producing noises.
  3. If you have lightweight curtains, both ceiling and wall types of curtain rod mounting are suitable. When dealing with heavy fabrics, opt for the ceiling mounting as it can hold a heavier weight.
  4. The choice of curtain rods depends on the location of the heating pipes and radiator, as well as the size and width of the window sill. Nothing should prevent the curtains from hanging down freely, which is why you have to take into account the above-mentioned elements when mounting the curtain rod.

Hint. Keep in mind that a properly chosen curtain rod can change the visual perception of the room, rectifying its flaws and highlighting its advantages:

  • A narrow window. If the window lacks widths, you can visually broaden it by picking up a longer curtain rod, so that the curtains cover not only the window but also a part of the wall.
  • A low ceiling. You can visually elevate the ceiling if you opt for a ceiling-mounted curtain rod. When the curtain is hanging all the way from the ceiling to the floor, the distance between them appears to be larger.
  • The window is too big. In order to correct your perception of the window, pick up a curtain rod so that its length matches the width of the window aperture.

Curtain Rods And Interior Style

The market offers an immensely vast variety of curtain rods, but you should select what is the best match for your interior style.

  • Curtain rods fitted with a decorative molding are suggested for a classic interior. Round poles also have a decent appearance, especially if they’re made from wood.
  • The currently popular Minimalism or Hi-Tech styles welcome a string-type curtain rod or round metal curtain poles.
  • Almost all rural styles, whether that be the American Country or the French Provence, employ wrought decorative elements. Such interiors will benefit from wrought curtain rods, both coating-free and painted.
  • Japanese and Roman curtains look harmonious in combination with aluminum profile curtain rods.

Curtain Rod Length

The total length of a curtain rod includes the length of the pole and the two decorative tips. But before measuring the curtain rod length, you should decide on its position and mounting type.

  • If you’re shopping for a rod for curtains that cover the whole wall, the curtain rod should be 1-1.5 in shorter than the wall-to-wall distance. Keep in mind that such a long curtain rod should have at least three mounting spots!
  • If the curtain rod has to sit exactly above the window, its brackets should be situated beyond the span of the window. Otherwise, the curtain will cover a portion of the window even when fully open. In this case, the curtain rod length should exceed the widths of the window opening by 12-15 in.

Wooden curtain rod


Keep in mind that the length of brackets varies. If their length exceeds the distance between the window opening and the ceiling, the brackets won’t fit above the window. In such cases, they’re sometimes mounted below the level of the window opening. Such positioning is called “partially above the window.” If the curtain rod is shorter than 80 in, you can use two brackets; otherwise, you’ll need at least three mounting spots.

Ideally, the distance between brackets ranges from 60 to 80 inches. This ensures proper support, preventing deformation of the pole and sagging of the curtains.

Brackets curtain rod

Curtain Rod Dimensions

In order to select a curtain rod of the most suitable design and decide on its best positioning, you should measure the following:

  • The length of the windowed wall from one side wall to another;
  • The width of the window;
  • The would-be distance between the curtains and the wall;
  • The distance between the window opening and the ceiling.

Fitting Types

Each type of curtain rods features a peculiar fitting type for hanging the curtains. Let us consider the most common variants.

Profile Systems

An aluminum profile has one or several tracks with hooks used to hang the curtains.

Advantages. Aluminum is quite durable yet soft. It’s used to manufacture curved curtain rods for niches, as well as bow, lancet and other non-standard windows. In addition, profile curtain tracks are usually fitted with an automatic curtain position control system. It’s highly convenient, especially when the ceiling is high.

There are also plastic profile systems, which are appealing due to their affordable price. They can only hold light fabrics, as the weight of heavy drapes causes them to deform.

Profile Systems of curtains

The hooks for profile systems are manufactured from transparent plastic to ensure they are as unnoticeable as possible. As a rule, the system is topped with a decorative strip imitating wood, stone or leather. Mounting such structures is easy and time-efficient.

If you need a multi-row curtain track, the profile type is your best choice. It allows hanging two, three or even four rows of curtains. For example, the profile adjacent to the window holds a transparent net curtain, the next one carries a dense curtain, and the outermost track bears the lambrequin. Or you can attach transparent net curtain of different colors to every track, which will allow changing the brightness and tone of sunlight in a capricious fashion.

Profile Systems of curtains

Nowadays, roller and Venetian blinds, Japanese and Roman curtains are enjoying a peak in popularity. All of them belong to the profile system type and function similarly, although each of them has certain design distinctions.

Profile Systems of curtains

Classic Curtain Rods

Tubular poles manufactured from wood or metal pipes represent the most traditional type of curtain rods. The larger the pole diameter is, the more weight the curtain rod can support.

Curtains can be attached to such rods in the following ways:

  • Magnetic clips that function as both fitting and decorative elements. Available in a variety of shapes and colors;
  • Fabric loops;
  • Grommets (metal- or plastic-edge eyelets in the fabric);
  • Wooden or metal rings to which the curtains are attached by means of hooks. Such an option is suitable only for fabrics of medium density, as such a fitting may tear a net or organza curtain and fail to hold a heavy fabric.

If you opt for grommets or rings, make sure the diameter of the curtain rod is smaller than that of the fitting ring. Otherwise, the curtain won’t slide on the track.

Classic curtain rods usually have one or two tubular poles. You can use them to attach a net curtain and a dense curtain. Besides, you can replace one of the poles with a string, which is the most suitable fitting type for net and organza curtains. Classic curtain rods match any interior; you just need to make a proper choice as to the material they’re made from.

Wooden curtain rod

Wrought Curtain Rods

If you want to find a curtain rod to match your Baroque, Rococo, Empire, Country or Provence interior, focus your attention on wrought products. Such curtain rods may produce different appearances, depending on the type of their tips and the curtain fabrics.

Elegant Empire-styled quirks and velvet or satin drapes create an ambiance of baroque luxury. Floral wrought elements and ditsy cotton chintz curtains are the embodiment of a hot summer in Provence.

The brackets of wrought curtain rods are an interior decoration in and of themselves. The perfect option is to have the wrought brackets custom-made so that they express your personal preferences to the greatest extent and impart your home with an individualized charm. Inwrought curtain rods, metal tubes or poles are used as the curtain tracks, in which lies their similarity with the classic variants. Such a curtain rod can also have several tracks, usually up to three.

Wrought Curtain Rods

Wrought Curtain Rods

Wrought Curtain Rods

String-Type Curtain Rods

String-type curtain rods use a taut metal wire (“string”) as the curtain track. This variant employs the same curtain fitting types as the classic curtain rod, albeit smaller in size. Magnetic clips work best with such a design. Plastic strings are sometimes employed in combination with a lightweight net or organza curtains. Such a curtain rod is virtually invisible; the net curtain appears to be hovering in the air without any support.

String-Type Curtain Rods

This variant of curtain rods is the most lightweight one. It can’t support heavy drapes. String-type curtain rods are the most beneficial for hi-tech, minimalist, modern and combined interiors. If you manage to pick up proper accompanying elements, such curtain rods do the best job at disguising the room’s flaws.

String-Type Curtain Rods

Molding Curtain Rods

The design of profile and molding curtain rods is similar; however, the latter features a decorative strip (molding) that covers the fitting elements. Moldings vary in width, shape, size, and color.

The curtain profile can have one to three tracks. The first track often has a touch fastener strip for attaching the lambrequin. Choosing a molding curtain rod, focus your attention on the color and shape of the molding itself, as it’s the main decorative element that has to blend in with your interior harmoniously.

Molding Curtain Rods

Molding Curtain Rods

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