Types of curtain rods

Types of curtain rods

There are many types of curtain rods and each one has its own means of attaching to the wall or to the window trim and hold only specifics kind of curtains. Some types of curtain rods can be very expensive, and this should be considered when purchasing your curtains if you’re trying to maintain a budget. If money is not an issue, you can completely change the look of a room with beautiful and extravagant curtain rods.

There are 15 types of curtain rods:

  • Shower curtain rod – A shower curtain tension rod works due to a spring inside the rod. There are actually two rods that are tube shaped. One fits inside the other. The spring is inside the larger rod and the smaller rod is pushed into it, which causes the spring to compress. When the spring is compressed, it puts pressure against both ends of the rod and allows it to press against the walls, where it is held in place.
shower curtain rod
Shower curtain rod
  • Double curtain rod – You can use blackout curtains on the rod closest to the glass and lacy or gauzy curtains on the inner rod, or you can use fairly heavy drapes on the outer rod and sheer on the inner rod. The idea is to give you privacy behind the lace in the daytime when its darker inside than out, and give you privacy with the heavier drapes in the evening and light-blocking in the morning.
double curtain rod
Double curtain rod
  • Bay window curtain rods – There are many bay window rods to choose from.  Crafted specifically for use in a bay window, these rods are designed and angled to perfectly fit a bay or bow window. There are single and double utility bay window rods, to decorative bay window rods.
Bay window curtain rods
Bay window curtain rods
  • Magnetic curtain rod – Magnetic brackets allow you to use this expandable curtain rod to cover a window or a steel door (or any metal surface) without drilling holes. Ideal for lightweight to medium-weight curtains, the curtain rod is composed of one center rod and 2 adjustable end rods, providing a balanced look. The magnetic curtain rod can also be attached easily to metal appliances for use as a towel bar. Made of heavy-gauge steel, it includes a bracket extension for conversion from a decorative rod to a sash projection.

    Benefits of the Magnetic Curtain Rod:

      • Easy-to-install brackets can be mounted 2 ways: magnetically or with screws
      • The magnetic curtain rod adjusts easily to fit a variety of widths
      • With the magnetic curtain rod, no drilling is required

Magnetic Curtain Rod

  • Spring Rods – Spring tension works when the spring and screw are used to create tension linking the rod and the wall. The spring, which is made of steel, is placed in the rod and it secures the tension rod into the wall.  Spring tension rods can be used to hold up shower curtains and window treatments in tight areas. These are easy to use because only one item is needed to hold up your favorite curtains. Spring tension rods can save you time and energy.
Spring Rods
Spring Rods
  • Swing arm curtain rod – You can use them on windows or doors, or as coverings for bookcases and closets; they typically require only a small space for mounting. The drawback to these rods is that they are difficult to find for odd-sized openings and they can be expensive. Unless they are made of high-grade material, they tend to bend under the substantial weight of a lined curtain. However, the savvy homeowner who is comfortable using tools, knows his or her way around the big-box hardware store and is armed with a swing-arm design from a drapery workroom, can make swing arms that function, can be painted to match one’s decor, and are much less expensive than custom-made versions.
    Swing arm curtain rod

 

  • Extra-long curtain rods – Standard metal curtain rods and many decorative curtain rods separate in the center, so you can decrease or increase the length to adjust to the window size. You can purchase a straight metal piece, known as a rod extension, that fits into the center of the curtain rod to create an extra-long rod. Some rod extensions come with a metal hook support that screws into the wall to keep the extended rod from sagging in the middle. You’ll need to purchase a support separately if the extension rod doesn’t have a support included.
Extra-long curtain rods
Extra-long curtain rods
  • Wood curtain rods – Just as there are different styles of curtain panels and window treatments, there are various curtain rod materials. Wooden curtain rods are ideal for spaces with rich wood tones, and with styles ranging from simple to handcrafted, which go with any decor. Hanging wooden curtain rods are just as simple as hanging metal rods and take very little time to install.
Wood curtain rods
Wood curtain rods
  • Corner curtain rod – A set of corner windows provides a panoramic view of the outdoors. Using specialized suspension hardware, dressing corner windows is simple. Corner curtain mounting systems include two expandable rods, two brackets to support the terminal ends of the rods and one bracket that supports the ends of the rods where they meet in the corner. While lightweight window treatments may be suspended by installing the mounting brackets using expanding drywall anchors, the hardware for heavier drapes requires a more secure installation. Corner curtain mounting systems typically include all necessary hardware.

    Corner curtain rod
    Corner curtain rod
  • Curved curtain rod – A cramped shower is uncomfortable, and it is never fun to feel a wet curtain stick to you while you are trying to get clean. A curved curtain rod solves this problem by opening up more room inside the shower. It curves out 6 to 8 inches beyond the position of a regular straight rod. A standard rod is usually 60 inches long, and a curved rod is 62 inches long, but standard-sized shower curtains fit wellon curved rods. Most curved shower rods come equipped with all the mounting hardware you need.
Curved curtain rod
Curved curtain rod
  • Outdoor curtain rods – Outdoor curtains come in many colors, patterns and fabrics and can be used to soften the look of an outdoor area or to protect those inside the curtained area from mosquitoes, other insects and overly curious neighbors. They also add ambiance and, if hung on the inside of a front porch, excellent curb appeal. Depending on how they are hung, outdoor curtains can be moved out of the way when you don’t need them. They are also cheaper than blinds or shades.
Outdoor curtain rods
Outdoor curtain rods
  • Decorative curtain rods – Decorative curtain rods add attractive style to any room, turning window areas into focal points. Finials, the decorative pieces on either end, are important components of curtain rods. Most rods come with them. If you have a perfect rod but dislike the look of the finials, create your own to give it a custom appearance.

    Decorative curtain rods
    Decorative curtain rods
  • Traverse curtain rods – A traverse rod is a heavy-duty curtain rod that is commonly used to hang pleated drapes. It has draw cords and a pulley system for easy opening and closing of your drapes. A traverse rod can seem like a confusing contraption for those who’ve never experienced one, but once you learn how to hang your drapes from a traverse rod, you’ll appreciate just how easy it is to use.
Traverse curtain rods
Traverse curtain rods
  • Round shower curtain rod – Curved shower rods look and install almost exactly like a traditional shower rod, but arc out away from the tub enclosure. This provides additional space inside the shower to accommodate bathers. While curved shower rods offer many benefits, you may decide that it’s time for a change. Removing a curved shower rod is a straightforward process. However, the wall will require repairs where the screws and mounting hardware were detached, which leaves holes.

    Round shower curtain rod
    Round shower curtain rod

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