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Curtain rod explained- what's right for you?

Although you may be partial to certain types of rods for your window treatments, it is important that you select the right rod for the curtains or draperies that you need, not only so they function properly and the rod is practical, but you also want it to look nice and add beauty to your room. Understanding what the options are will help you to narrow down your decision.

1.       Classic Rods: This is probably the type of curtain rod that you are most familiar with, as it is the most common type and is present in most homes. This type of rod will be typically made from metal, with finial ends for decoration. The majority of the rod is usually covered by the curtain, so the rod itself is not often decorative. These rods are easy to install, and usually offer the option of hanging an additional rod alongside it, or using a double rod version, so that sheers can be used with the curtains that you select as window treatments.

2.       Track rod: This is the type of rod that is used for more formal draperies that will attach to the rod through the use of hooks. The hooks will attach to small (usually plastic) sliders that are then controlled by using a pulley system that is on one side of the rod, and used to open and close the curtains smoothly and easily. Again, decorative finials are usually an option, but the rod will generally be covered by the curtains.

3.       Tension rods: This is the type of curtain rod that is typically the easiest to install. A tension rod may work especially well with nonstandard window shapes and sizes, as it uses springs to hold it in place, allowing for fairly flexible placement. This type of rod will not have any decorative finial on the ends, and will usually be installed on the interior surface of the window frame. Commonly used for lighter curtains and draperies, a tension rod can be easily removed should you need to change the curtains or if you are moving to a new home. A favorite among renters who want the beautify their space but are not allowed to make permanent adaptations, such as the installation of window treatment hardware.

Choosing the best curtain rods for your window treatments will allow you to decorate your home in the way that makes you most comfortable and provides the best light control and privacy options for your needs.