If you're looking for an unfinished wood pole to stain, make sure to find out if the wood pole is finger jointed.
Many lower priced wood drapery poles are finger jointed and not made from a solid piece of wood. When you stain your wood pole, the finger joints will become visible. Finger jointed poles should be painted, faux-finished or fabric wrapped - not stained.
You want the drapery hardware you hang your curtains from to look just as stylish and exciting as your fabric. Using wooden drapery rods, metal curtain rods or wrought iron curtain poles can transform your ordinary window into the centerpiece of your room design. Our guide to Kirsch drapery hardware will help you choose the perfect style like wood, metal or wrought iron. And, we'll give you guidance about pole diameter, size and composition.
We know that most of the time, you decide what drapery pole or curtain rod to buy based on your finial choice. After all, the drapery finial is the most decorative piece in your drapery hardware treatment.
But, you may want to stop and consider your drapery pole or curtain rod first. The drapery pole is probably the most important piece of decorative drapery hardware because it's job is to make sure your drapery treatment can function.
Drapery poles and curtain rods are available in many sizes and compositions like wood, metal and wrought iron. The size, or diameter of your pole is very important for functionality and aesthetics. Our guide to drapery poles will help you choose the best curtain rod for your window.
You can jump right to our Pole Selector to find the drapery pole that is the perfect fit for your window anytime!
Sometimes, customers have a difficult time finding the appropriate drapery rod for their window treatment because they aren't familiar with the terminology of the drapery hardware industry. For example, a lot of shoppers who need a drapery pole for their window spend a lot of time searching for curtain rods. Typically, the term curtain rods is reserved for the basic white metal rods with carriers and cords that we're all familiar with. If you're looking for something decorative for your window, then you're going to want to find a drapery pole or drapery rod. Knowing the correct term to search for will help you narrow down your options more quickly and get you to the exact product you need for your room design.
When considering decorative Kirsch drapery hardware, the next step is to choose the proper style. Generally speaking, the rods are available in either wood or metal. Wood drapery rods have with widest variety of options and features. While metal rods aren't available in as many styles, they do have many unique options for you to consider such as wrought iron or other more contemporary designs. If you have heavier draperies with lining or interlining, or if you need to cover a really wide window, you may want to stick with a wood drapery rod. Metal style rods are terrific, but they don't do well with very heavy curtains and they tend to bow across wide areas unless you use a lot of support brackets.
Accessories like rings and finials are sized to match a specific drapery rod diameter. If you see a 2 inch finial, that doesn't mean that the finial is only 2 inches long. It means that the finial you're looking at is sized to fit properly on a 2 inch diameter drapery pole. The same is true for brackets, rings and other pieces you may be considering for your treatment. The pole diameter is an important decision for both functionality and aesthetics. You need to make sure that the diameter is big enough to support the weight of your fabric. And, you should match your pole diameter to your window width and height. Wide or high windows usually need a thicker pole diameter like 2 or 2 1/4 inch. But, regular size windows at room height look great with smaller diameter drapery poles. Extra large diameters like 3 inch are typically only used on extremely high windows or really wide double or triple windows.
Once you decide on your drapery rod composition and diameter, you still have one more major choice to make and that's pole style. Drapery rods are made in a wide variety of styles that can include smooth, fluted, twisted, reeded and grooved. And, they style names are not standardized across manufacturers. One brand may call their drapery poles fluted where another one may use the term reeded. They style of drapery pole does not impact the functionality of the rod. A smooth pole will work just as effectively as a fluted rod. The choice of pole style is simply a matter of your personal preference.
Although there are a lot of choices to make when you decide to hang a drapery rod for your window treatment, the process is very simple when you follow the steps in their proper order. First, decide on a composition such as wood or metal. Then, choose a rod diameter that will support your fabric and look appropriate in your window. And finally, select a style that will compliment your room design.
There are a lot of drapery pole brands available to you. Over the years, we have formed relationships with several manufacturers and reccomend their drapery poles and curtain rods.
Kirsch Drapery Hardware offers wood drapery poles, metal curtain rods and wrought iron. For wooden drapery poles, their Wood Trends line offers a low cost finger jointed option while their Buckingham line features solid piece wood drapery poles.
Select is a manufacturer that offers all popular wood drapery pole sizes like 1 3/8", 2 1/4" and 3" - all available in designer grade finishes.
The Finial Company offers the widest range of drapery poles including wood, metal and wrought iron. They also offer the most complete selection of steel drapery poles and curtain rods on the market. And, they have the greatest variety of wood drapery pole styles like reeded, fluted, grooved and twisted.
Gould manufactures wood drapery poles with hand crafted accessories and also offers metal drapery poles in both classic and modern styles.
Paris Texas also offers a great selection of both wood and metal drapery poles for really high end or custom window treatments.