Thinking about making some home updates, remodeling or simply looking for a change? Don’t overlook the power of window treatments! As the eyes are the windows to our soul, our windows are the eyes to our homes. And, while buying new furnishings can help to renew a room, installing quality window treatments can provide a timeless update - beautifully framing our view.
Distinctive curtain rods can transform a window into a work of art. In fact, it is not uncommon to see a decorative window treatment as the focal point of the window, and in some cases, of the entire room. So while, the perfect wood and iron furniture, exquisite metal wall art, and classic accessories all work in harmony to decorate a room, one of the easiest ways to make a dramatic difference in your home is to change the window treatments.
Whether your taste is classic and traditional, contemporary and modern, or vintage and old world, your window treatments really add to the look and feel of your decor. Once you wade through the wonderful variety of fabrics, colors and designs you are sure to find just the right drapery to suit your home. But, don’t stop there you also want to pay attention to the hardware you are going to use. When you combine a great set of drapes with the perfect curtain rods, you get a look that truly enhances your style.
Following is some information to aid you in selecting the right curtain rods for your application.
- Adjustable Rods - The most popular and widely available curtain rods are “adjustable”. They feature two hollow poles (three for longer models) one slightly smaller so that it will slide into the other. This allows the rod to telescope in and out making one rod adjustable to different sizes.
- Custom Rods - A custom curtain rod is one that is sized to your exact length. It will have a uniform rod diameter from finial to finial, without the "lip" of an adjustable rod.
- Corner Rods –Often when you have two adjacent windows separated by a corner a single corner curtain rod will work better both physically and aesthetically than two separate straight rods. To create a corner curtain rod two curtain rods are joined together at a 90◦ angle by a hinged pole adaptor or right angle corner section.
- Double Rods – A double rod is two curtain rods one mounted in front of the other using double rod brackets. This is used to accommodate a layer of sheers and over drapes, or drapes and a valance
- Swing Arm Rods - Swing Arm Rods are designed to cover French doors and other areas where a full curtain rod is not necessary. They "swing" out to allow you to move your curtains out of the window view.
- Bay Window Rods - A bay window is a window consisting of three adjacent windows (angles in between). Typically bay windows project from the building and form an alcove inside. A bay window curtain rod is generally three curtain rods joined together at an angle by a hinged pole adaptor or angled corner sections
- Bow Window Rods – A bow window is the windows in the wall of a rounded bay or other round surface, where the curtain rod is to be mounted on the horizontal plane. Bow window rods are custom bent to fit the curvature of the bow window.
Measure for your curtain rods
No matter what style of drapery you plan to use, when selecting the perfect curtain rod knowing how to measure for it is key.
Decide where the curtain rod will go. You want to hang your drapery high enough that it covers the top of the window by at least a few inches. A standard is about 4-6 inches above the window frame, but you must be sure to consider the way your drapes are attached. Pocket drapes put the drapery on the curtain rod, eyelet rings will put the drapery about a half inch below the curtain rod and tab tops, tie tops, or clip rings can create anywhere from 1” to 6”of space between the drapes and the curtain rod.
Simply adjust the curtain rod height accordingly to make sure the drapery covers the top of the window. It usually looks good to go a little higher than lower.
When deciding on the width of your curtain rod there is a bit more to it than just measuring the window. You need to add enough length on each side so that the drapes will block the light around the sides of the window, and have room to slide sufficiently off of the window when they are opened. This room is called the stacking width. Chances are that your drapes will be open more than they are closed, and you will achieve a nicer look if you don’t try to stack the drapes too tightly. Something to keep in mind when deciding on the stacking width is that more fabric requires more width. Larger windows will have more drapery fabric, which will require more stacking width. A general rule is to add one-third of window width to allow for stacking.
Once you have decided on the width of the curtain rod make sure you have room beyond that measurement for the finials you like.
- If you want to add height to a room for a taller, more vertical or palatial look, you might want to hang the draperies a little higher, or even from floor to ceiling.
- If you feel that your windows are not wide enough or big enough, you can style your windows to look larger than they are, by mounting the curtain rod so that it extends away from the edges of the window’s frame.
- Often, windows are set in groups with little space between them and can look cluttered if you try to crowd finials between each window. It is not uncommon to span the whole group of windows with one curtain rod, and group your drapery stacks between the windows and/or to the sides of the group.
- Choose sturdy larger diameter curtain rods for heavy draperies.
- Sheer panels and lighter silks will look more appropriate on thinner lighter curtain rods.
- Reserve heavy cornices and finials for larger rooms with high ceilings.
- Keep the scale lighter for smaller spaces with low ceilings.
- Mounting the curtain hardware inside a window frame can help to emphasize a window that has interesting architectural details.
- Mounting curtain rods outside the window frame can help to hide unattractive features.
Beautify Your Windows with Stylish Curtain Rods
[Posted on June 1]
Sometimes it’s the small things that can really have the greatest impact on how well a room looks, and so is the case with curtains rods. Curtain rods can improve the look of any room in your home, and at Iron Accents, you will be able to find a great selection of stylish and unique curtain rods that will improve the look of your windows instantly. Having wonderful-looking curtains is simply not enough if you are looking to bring out the beauty of a room; Iron Accents has what you need to make your windows into true works of art!
Iron Accents offers a variety of curtain rods in an assortment of styles ranging from traditional, classic, or contemporary and with a wide array of finishes, including: antique gold, classic black, bronze, rust, creamy white with gold, black with pewter rub, and more. We are sure you will be able to find the perfect curtain rods to match not only your drapes, but your unique sense of style.
Having the right curtain rods for your windows is extremely important, but not to worry, Iron Accents is sure to have what you will need. The most popular and widely available rods happen to the adjustable rods; however, if you are looking for something very specific, we can provide you with custom rods, which will be sized to your exact length. For French doors, or areas where a full curtain rod is not necessary, it’s best to use swing arm rods, which “swing” out so you can move the curtains away from the window view. No matter the windows or specific requirements, Iron Accents is sure to have the right rods to improve the look of your windows.
Curtain rods are the perfect item to transform your room in the most unique way. Iron Accents not only has the right curtain rods for you, but you will also be able to find curtain rod brackets as well as stylish finials. No matter what you have in mind, Iron Accents is sure to have it, and not only that; Iron Accents will offer you the greatest customer care possible, and we will strive to make sure that you are satisfied. If you would like more information about our products, please browse through our site or contact us today. We will be looking forward to hearing from you and helping you convert your home into a truly unique and beautiful place.
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