Versatile and affordable, curtain poles represent an opportunity to change the style and appearance of curtains in a flash. Having this flexibility makes it possible to update the look of the pole as the general appearance of the room is updated.
With tracks, curtains are limited to the type of header tape with which they are fitted. Poles, in contrast, allow curtains to slide together utilising several different hanging mechanisms. You can choose from wood or metal-styled rings, tabs or eyelet fittings.
All the different fittings give a significantly different look to the curtain and can be chosen to complement furniture and decor.
Simple tabs slide silently over either wooden or metal curtain poles; although care should be taken that wooden poles are perfectly smooth as fabric tabs can sometimes snag on rougher wooden poles.
Eyelet curtain tops are more industrial in appearance, suiting contemporary furnishing styles. The pole threads through the grommeted holes in the fabric, making the curtain drape naturally and evenly along the length of the draw.
Measuring for Curtain Poles
Measuring for poles is simplicity itself. Decide whether the pole will fit inside the recess or outside. The latter is more commonly chosen since this allows for a rather more generous curtain width and a fuller drape.
Allow space either side of the window for the finial and for the pole to extend slightly on either side of the window to allow the curtains to be drawn fully back, maximising on light.
Having fitted the pole, remember to attach one of the rings on either side, behind the wall bracket so that the curtain remains anchored to the end of the pole when it's drawn.
If the curtains are tab top or eyelet styles, remove the rings from the pole and simply thread the curtains directly onto the pole. With this style it's also necessary to fit the end eyelet or tab in between the wall bracket and the finial.
These are available in a wide array of styles to suit all tastes, both modern and traditional. From traditionally carved wooden finials to glass, metal or moulded plastic creations, finials add the finishing touch to curtain poles. Matching hold backs are often available, completing a fully co-ordinated look.