Choosing the right curtain rods is as important as choosing the right draperies. Let’s take a look at the seven steps to follow to get the right rods.
1. Research your options
Begin by familiarizing yourself with the options. They include:
You’ll also have many materials to choose from, including chrome, graphite, teak, plastic, metal, brass, and walnut.
2. Decide if you want your rod exposed or hidden
If you want your curtain rod exposed then you want it to match the style and décor in your room. If you don’t want it exposed, then you won’t have to worry about matching it.
3. Consider the type of drapes you’re planning to hang
Light and billowing curtains will require a lighter rod than heavy, insulated, blackout curtains. If you’re considering layering your curtains then you’ll need either double or triple rods, depending on how many layers you’re going for.
4. Make a decision about how you’ll hang your rods
Do you want to hang them inside your window frame or out of it? If you want to hang them outside, then you’ll want to cover the window entirely so measure 2-5 inches out from every side of your trim. If you’d rather hang the rods inside the frames, measure at the inside point of your windows. Be sure to measure every window in a room – even if they look the same size they may be slightly different.
5. Get a pre-packaged set or select individual parts
There are many pre-packaged curtain rod sets that can be more affordable and easier to work with compared to buying the parts individually. However, if you have unique window sizes or needs you may buy the parts individually.
6. Buy every part you need
If you do decide to buy a pre-packaged set, make sure it comes with everything you need. Your specific curtain hardware needs will vary, but may include, in addition to the rods: rings, brackets, tiebacks, finials, pinch clips, and holdbacks.
7. Find the perfect decorative elements
You can find basically any style, size, and color of decorative element you want. They should match your rods, your room style, and your color scheme. Rings and pinch clips are almost identical and work similarly to shower curtain rings. Brackets hold your rods to the wall, and holdbacks and tiebacks scoop your curtains up and hold them at the side of your windows. Finally, tiebacks are generally lengths of cords, some of which have tassel ends, that tie around your open curtains to hold them back.
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