Different Types of Curtain Rods for Window Decor

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So today we’ve got . . . choices. Lots of choices: The white metals are still available and popular, and have been joined by all sorts of other curtain rods: decorative, pressure, cafe, traverse, sash, continental, cable . . . . Then there are the variations on those: flat, round, double, triple, continental corner connectors, combination traverse, curved rods . . . .

Get the picture? Sort of makes you feel like you’re walking down the breakfast cereal isle. And just like cereals, the key to finding the right curtain rod knows a little about each one, so let’s make this all a little more handle-able. There are many kinds of rods, but a few basic types.

Curtain RodsBasic White Metal Rod - This is the Corn Flakes. They’re sometimes called valance and come in flat and round styles. Most of these are somewhat lightweight and made for lighter weight window coverings. Today you can get them as single, double and even triple.  The double and triple rods are used for a layered look, like a semi-sheer curtain behind a room darkening drape.  With this you can add a valance to your layered coverings.

Traverse rods – the corded variation of the white metal, something like Life cereal: still a basic cereal, but pretty tasty. These are usually a little heavier construction and come in sizes that can handle some pretty heavy window coverings. These also come in the single, double and triple variations. And here’s something really cool: you can actually add a motor to these rods to open and close them at the touch of a button!

Pressure rods – can you handle another bowl of Grape Nuts? The “pressure” is usually some kind of spring. . . you guessed it: pressure! Not sure what this is?  It’s just like some shower curtain rods, the kind you put in place and then twist till they’re tight against the walls. One reason for picking a pressure rod is because you can’t actually permanently attach it to the window or wall.  Another reason is you want the window treatment to hang inside the frame, and this is the easiest option for that.

Decorative rods will remind you of Kashi granola cereal: they’re great to look at and do a terrific job! They’re also pretty popular, and sometimes called cafe rods. They’re mostly visible and sometimes look like poles that stick out past the curtain. There are several ways to hang drapery from it. Sometimes they’re slipped into a pocket on the curtain or drape. Sometimes a ring attached to the curtain, some curtains have tabbed tops, and some regular curtains are clipped onto clip rings that hang from the rod.

Cable rods are a newer type. The ends that attach to your wall are visible all the time, but the metal cable that attaches them and holds your curtains is pretty much invisible! This type has as many appropriate uses as any other type curtain rod – the possibilities are nearly endless.

There, that’s better.  Now you have knowledge of the basic types of curtain rods, so picking out your next one will be much easier. And if you start panicking, just remember: when in doubt always buy Captain Crunch!

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Many people like to choose Curtain Rods and window coverings to help them achieve privacy and feel safe. Additionally, most people make their Decorative Pillows and curtain choices based on how they will look in the home, or what goes well with their personality.

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This article was published on 2011/03/09