Curtain Rods Buying Guide

Curtain rods play a supporting role -- literally -- in a well-designed window treatment. A wide variety of wood, brass, or iron rods and poles create the finishing touch for curtains or draperies in any style or fabric.

Types of Curtain Rods

Types of Curtain Rods

Just as there is a small but important distinction between curtains and draperies (see our Curtains & Draperies buying guide), there is a difference between curtain rods and poles. Basic metal or plastic curtain rods work behind the scenes. Larger-diameter wood or metal poles, usually capped by decorative finials, assume more prominent roles in window treatments. Choosing what type to install where involves several factors.

Standard rod

Flat-profile and inexpensive, this rod is functional rather than decorative. Use it to hang lightweight curtains with rod pockets, clips, or rings. Clear plastic rods disappear behind sheer or lace panels.

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Crate&Barrel
$119.95

Our two-tier set in contemporary nickel-plated steel with a matte finish hangs both panels and sheers for a layered look. • Steel ...tube with matte nickel finish • Aluminum finials and brackets with matte nickel finish • Rods are .75"dia. and 1.25"dia. •... read more

Better Homes and Gardens
$18.71 $14.97

Better Homes and Gardens Hampton Drapery Curtain Rod:Decorative rod set can match any Better Homes and Gardens window treatmentsSe...veral sizes available: 24"-48" or 48"-84"Finish: BlackBetter Homes and Gardens curtain rod with 5/8" diameter read more

Better Homes and Gardens
$21.20 $15.84

The Better Homes and Gardens Valerie 5/8" Antique Black Drapery Rod is a durable accent piece for your window frames and treatment...s. Mount your curtains with this traditional-style metal drapery rod for an upscale, classic touch in any room in your living space. This decorative drapery rod is adjustable and easy to install. read more

Better Homes and Gardens
$26.81 $24.97

Better Homes and Gardens 5/8" Double Rod Set, Bronze:Ideal for any roomHolds 2 sets of drapery panels for a layered look5/8" diame...terTelescoping rodsAvailable in 2 lengths: 28-48" or 48-84"Mounting hardware included read more

Traverse rod

If you intend to open and close your drapes frequently, choose a traverse rod. Panels hang from drapery pins or hooks, which attach to plastic carriers hidden on the inner side of the rod. To draw drapes, you pull a cord or wand instead of tugging at the drapes themselves. Traverse rods are practical for heavier draperies, especially pinch-pleated styles. These rods come in basic white as well as in decorative finishes for use with curtain rings. Split (or center) draw is the most common operation, but drapes can draw only to the right or the left. A motorized traverse rod operates by remote control.

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Rod Desyne
$284.99 $170.99

Adjustable rod allows for customization. Drapery will part in the middle and gather on each side of your window. Durable construct...ion ensures lasting quality. Details: Includes: brackets, mounting hardware & 10 curtain rings 2 1/2-in. rod clearance Finials: polyresin, rod/brackets/hardware: steel Wipe clean Imported Size: 66-120. Color: Black. read more

Rod Desyne
$284.99 $170.99

Intricate finials foster elegant allure. Pull cord parts your drapes in the center and gathers them on either side. D-shaped desig...n promises ultrasmooth traverse. Adjustable rod expands to fit your window. Clip hooks offer effortless drape installation. Durable construction ensures long-lasting quality. Details: Includes: curtain rod, 10 curtain rings, brackets & mounting hardware 1 1/2-in. diameter Finials: polyresin Rings: plastic Rod/brackets/hardware: metal Wipe clean Imported Size: 66-120. Color: Brown. Gender: Unisex. Age Group: Adult. Material: Polyresin/Plastic. read more

Rod Desyne
$374.99 $224.99

Pull cord parts your drapes in the center. D-shaped design promises ultrasmooth traverse. Adjustable rod expands to fit your windo...w. Clip hooks offer effortless curtain installation. Durable construction ensures long-lasting quality. Details: Includes: curtain rod, 10 curtain rings, brackets & mounting hardware 1 1/2-in. diameter Finials: polyresin Rings: plastic Rod/brackets/hardware: metal Wipe clean Imported Size: 84-156". Color: Brown. Gender: Unisex. Age Group: Adult. Material: Polyresin/Plastic. read more

Rod Desyne
$199.99 $119.99

Imperial finials provide timeless appeal. Pull cord parts your drapes in the center and gathers them on either side. Adjustable ro...d expands to fit your window. Clip hooks offer effortless drape installation. Durable construction ensures long-lasting quality. Details: Includes: curtain rod, 10 curtain rings, brackets & mounting hardware 1 1/2-in. diameter Finials: polyresin Rings: plastic Rod/brackets/hardware: metal Wipe clean Imported Size: 48-84. Color: Grey. Gender: Unisex. Age Group: Adult. Material: Polyresin/Plastic. read more

Tension rod

Best for lightweight curtains and tight spaces, rubber-tip tension rods contain a spring mechanism that holds the rod in place within a recessed window frame.

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ReTension
$34.98

ReTension rods can be spring or screw mounted. The ReTension Adjustable Curtain Rod is an all metal heavy duty rod designed for an... inside mount. It can be spring mounted or, for more stability, can also be mounted with a screw on each side of the rod.... read more

ReTension
$34.98

ReTension rods can be spring or screw mounted. The ReTension Adjustable Curtain Rod is an all metal heavy duty rod designed for an... inside mount. It can be spring mounted or, for more stability, can also be mounted with a screw on each side of the rod.... read more

ReTension
$31.98

ReTension rods can be spring or screw mounted. The ReTension Adjustable Curtain Rod is an all metal heavy duty rod designed for an... inside mount. It can be spring mounted or, for more stability, can also be mounted with a screw on each side of the rod.... read more

Double or combination rod

To layer treatments, such as a sheer panel beneath a heavy curtain, install a double curtain rod.

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$88.00

Finials not included. Small: two mounting brackets included. Medium, large: three mounting brackets included. Iron. Imported

$88.00

Finials not included. Small: two mounting brackets included. Medium, large: three mounting brackets included. Iron. Imported

$108.00

Finials not included. Small: two mounting brackets included. Medium, large: three mounting brackets included. Iron. Imported

$138.00

Finials not included. Small: two mounting brackets included. Medium, large: three mounting brackets included. Iron. Imported

Swing-arm rod

Hinged to move curtains out from the glass and into the room, swing rods are ideal for corner, bay, and casement windows.

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Swing Arms
$29.99

This Swing Arms Adjustable Curtain Rod moves away from your window allowing you to let in extra light without the trouble of openi...ng and closing your heavy curtains! Reduce wear and tear on your curtains with this metal curtain rod, which adds elegance and class to any room of your choice. Each set contains two Swing Arms. Rod adjusts to cover up to a 48-inch space. Diameter: 1/2. Available in 14-24 inches or 24-38 inches. Includes all mounting hardware and easy to follow installation instructions. read more

Swing Arms
$37.99

This Swing Arms Adjustable Curtain Rod moves away from your window allowing you to let in extra light without the trouble of openi...ng and closing your heavy curtains! Reduce wear and tear on your curtains with this metal curtain rod, which adds elegance and class to any room of your choice. Each set contains two Swing Arms. Rod adjusts to cover up to a 48-inch space. Diameter: . Available in 14-24 inches or 24-38 inches. Includes all mounting hardware and easy to follow installation instructions. read more

Swing Arms
$37.99

This Swing Arms Adjustable curtain rod moves away from your window allowing you to let in extra light without the trouble of openi...ng and closing your heavy curtains! Reduce wear and tear on your curtains with this metal curtain rod, which adds elegance and class to any room of your choice. Each set contains two Swing Arms. Rod adjusts to cover up to a 48-inch space. Diameter: 1/2. Available in 14-24 inches or 24-38 inches. Includes all mounting hardware and easy to follow installation instructions. read more

Swing Arms
$37.99

This Swing Arms Adjustable Curtain Rod moves away from your window allowing you to let in extra light without the trouble of openi...ng and closing your heavy curtains! Reduce wear and tear on your curtains with this metal curtain rod, which adds elegance and class to any room of your choice. Each set contains two swing arms. Rod adjusts to cover up to a 48-inch space. Diameter: 1/2. Available in 14-24 inches or 24-38 inches. Includes all mounting hardware and easy to follow installation instructions. read more

Cafe rod

Narrow, round cafe rods work well for sill-length kitchen and bath curtains.

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Kenney
$24.12

Honey-Can-Do HMP-03891 Mesh Laundry Basket, Black, 18L x 11W x 24H. Includes carrying handles for easy transport. Breathable mesh ...fabric lets clothes breathe and minimizes odors. Black color complements home decor. Limited lifetime warranty. Measures: 18 in L x 11 in W x 24 in H. read more

Kenney
$22.18 $21.69

7/16-Inch Diameter curtain rod adds a decorative accent to your window. Extends from 48-84-Inch. Brackets, mounting hardware and i...nstructions included. Kenney Manufacturing is a privately owned world class manufacturer and marketer of value driven, fashion forward home products since 1914. read more

Kenney
$12.63 $10.25

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Kenney
$18.29 $15.92

7/16-Inch Diameter curtain rod adds a decorative accent to your window. Extends from 28-48-Inch. Brackets, mounting hardware and i...nstructions included. Kenney Manufacturing is a privately owned world class manufacturer and marketer of value driven, fashion forward home products since 1914. read more

Other specialty rods

Corner rods are curved or angled for corner installation; sash rods make sense for French doors or casement windows. The wraparound design of a blackout rod positions a curtain against the wall to better block exterior light. Straight and curved continental rods are designed for wide-pocket valances. Bay-window rods feature two side rods and one adjustable center rod.

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Rod Desyne
$80.99 $53.96

Multiple length options are available. Select from several finishes. Crafted from fine, durable steel. Steel finials with a petal-...like shape. Long-lasting steel curtain rod set. The Rod Desyne Fortune Curtain Rod makes an ideal addition to your living room, dining room, bedroom, or bathroom. This single curtain rod set is crafted from thick, solid steel and included a telescoping rod, two wall brackets, and mounting hardware. Several lengths are available. The finial caps are crafted from steel and feature three petal-like extensions in a fleur-de-lis style shape. The set is available in several finish options: black, antique brass, or satin nickel. Finish and length options are subject to availability. read more

Rod Desyne
$40.00 $35.99

Available in a variety of sizes and finishes. Diameter: 0.625 in.. Durable steel and plastic construction. Adjustable rod. Wipe cl...ean with a damp cloth. Enhance your bathroom or kitchen curtains with the Rod Desyne Nora Curtain Rod. It has a decorative finial and adjusts to fit a variety of window lengths. It comes in a choice of finish and size options. Mount using the included hardware.Dimensions:28-48 in.: 28-48L x 1.5W x 1H in.48-84 in.: 48-84L x 1.5W x 1H in.84-120 in.: 84-120L x 1.5W x 1H in. Color: Black. read more

Rod Desyne
$50.00 $43.99

Available in a variety of sizes and finishes. Diameter: 0.625 in.. Durable steel and plastic construction. Adjustable rod. Wipe cl...ean with a damp cloth. Enhance your bathroom or kitchen curtains with the Rod Desyne Nora Curtain Rod. It has a decorative finial and adjusts to fit a variety of window lengths. It comes in a choice of finish and size options. Mount using the included hardware.Dimensions:28-48 in.: 28-48L x 1.5W x 1H in.48-84 in.: 48-84L x 1.5W x 1H in.84-120 in.: 84-120L x 1.5W x 1H in. Color: Cocoa. read more

Rod Desyne
$35.99

Enhance your bathroom or kitchen curtains with the Rod Desyne Nora Curtain Rod. It has a decorative finial and adjusts to fit a va...riety of window lengths. It comes in a choice of finish and size options. Mount using the included hardware.... read more

Purchase Considerations

Purchase Considerations

Choose your curtain before your curtain rod. Depending on the length, color, and weight of the curtains, you might want a thick rod, a thin rod, or a rod in a particular color or finish. For stationary curtain panels, sheers, or valances, use standard curtain rods, sash rods, cafe rods, or tension rods. For curtains that draw, use traverse rods. For a layered treatment, you can install both curtain rods and traverse rods. Convenient pole sets combine an adjustable-length pole, finials, and matching hanging brackets.

Curtain type

Choose a sturdy, large-diameter rod to support long or heavy draperies without bowing. Sheer and lace curtains need no special support.

Window location

If your window trim is close to the ceiling, you might need an overhead-mount style rather than the usual wall-mount rod. In a humid bathroom, avoid wood rods.

Rod size

Most rods adjust in length; poles might not. Measure each window's width and add 4 inches on each side -- get a longer rod to allow curtains to be pulled back, to keep light from seeping in, or to make the window seem wider. Careful measurements count most when you're buying tension rods, which rely on a snug fit between the window casings to stay up. If you're hanging rod-pocket curtains, be sure the rod isn't too big to fit through the pocket.

Rod style

Choose a rod that complements your curtain, other hardware in the room, or your overall decorating theme. For example, contemporary rods and poles feature minimalist designs in enameled or stainless-steel finishes. Hammered or weathered cast-iron rods suit rustic or old-world decor. Stained or painted wood poles look at home in country and traditional interiors. For children's rooms, consider playful colors and fun finials.

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Better Homes and Gardens
$18.71 $14.97

Better Homes and Gardens Hampton Drapery Curtain Rod:Decorative rod set can match any Better Homes and Gardens window treatmentsSe...veral sizes available: 24"-48" or 48"-84"Finish: BlackBetter Homes and Gardens curtain rod with 5/8" diameter read more

Better Homes and Gardens
$21.20 $15.84

The Better Homes and Gardens Valerie 5/8" Antique Black Drapery Rod is a durable accent piece for your window frames and treatment...s. Mount your curtains with this traditional-style metal drapery rod for an upscale, classic touch in any room in your living space. This decorative drapery rod is adjustable and easy to install. read more

Better Homes and Gardens
$26.81 $24.97

Better Homes and Gardens 5/8" Double Rod Set, Bronze:Ideal for any roomHolds 2 sets of drapery panels for a layered look5/8" diame...terTelescoping rodsAvailable in 2 lengths: 28-48" or 48-84"Mounting hardware included read more

Better Homes and Gardens
$28.75 $24.97

Better Homes and Gardens Knob Drapery Rod Set, 1":Steel and resin constructionSize: 1" (2.54 cm) diameterAdjustable from 42" - 120..." (106.68 - 304.80 cm)Improve the look of your windowsFinials are round knobsBlack color adds decorative element to your windowsCombines sophistication and functionalityComplete with all necessary partsSteel telescoping rod, finials, steel brackets, mounting hardware and installation instructions read more

Better Homes and Gardens
$28.75 $24.97

Better Homes and Gardens Knob Drapery Rod Set, 1":Steel and resin constructionSize: 1" (2.54 cm) diameterAdjustable from 42" - 120..." (106.68 - 304.80 cm)Improve the look of your windowsFinials are round knobsBlack color adds decorative element to your windowsCombines sophistication and functionalityComplete with all necessary partsSteel telescoping rod, finials, steel brackets, mounting hardware and installation instructions read more

Better Homes and Gardens
$24.96 $19.97

Dress up your windows with the extremely elegant Better Homes and Gardens Cream Swirl 5/8-inch Curtain Rod. It will add a warm det...ail to any room with its fluted oval finials that will easily complement any window panels. This window treatment rod expands for a custom fit, so you can use it with a range of window widths. This Better Homes and Gardens Cream Swirl 5/8-inch Curtain Rod is quite a versatile choice as it is designed to be used with pole-pocket, rod-pocket, or ring-topped window panels. It comes with mounting brackets and hardware for ready installation. You can coordinate this cream curtain rod with the Better Homes and Gardens Cream Swirl Holdbacks to complete the entire look. read more

Better Homes and Gardens
$29.88 $23.97

Add a touch of panache to your home with the Better Homes and Gardens Marble Urn Bronze Drapery Rod Set. Designed for medium to la...rge windows, it features a telescopic style and has two polished screw-in finials. The decorative set is a great pick for accenting your existing decor in the living, dining or bedroom. Add coordinating holdbacks (sold separately) to further complement your space. It comes with all the hardware needed for a quick and simple installation. read more

Better Homes and Gardens
$29.97 $25.97

Elevate your home decor with this attractive Better Homes and Gardens Drapery Rod Set. The deep amber color of the glass finials p...aired with the black metal rod complements most windows, from traditional to modern. The adjustable drapery rod has a telescoping system that fits windows from 42" to 120", and it is designed to fit most window sizes. The 1" diameter rod is also very sturdy and can hold heavy panels. This metal drapery rod comes with everything you need for a simple installation, including adjustable wall-mounting brackets and hardware. With this easy-to-mount set, you can quickly transform the look of your room and hang your favorite curtain panels. This beautiful piece is sure to add a touch of elegance to the interior of your living room, dining room or bedroom. read more

Better Homes and Gardens
$11.97 $9.97

Bring classic and contemporary styling to your kitchen, media room, bedroom or any room with the Better Homes and Gardens Indigo T...angier tiers and valance. The bold Blue color and Ikat design are sure to add a decorative touch, while blocking 99 percent of the light and reducing unwanted noise. These beautiful Better Homes and Gardens curtains ensure privacy and save energy while making a wonderful design statement. Easy to hang from the rod pocket, they will add the finishing touch to any decor. read more

Better Homes and Gardens
$28.97 $24.97

Enhance the style of your room with the Better Homes and Gardens Metal Twist Drapery Rod Set. It is designed to mimic the look of ...wrought iron and will mesh well with many styles of decor. The metal finials are a fashionable touch. The telescoping rod adjusts from 42" to 120". This gives you more options for the different sizes of windows in your home. The black finish also lends itself well to your style needs. This rod is constructed with durability in mind. You can hold heavier types of curtain panels on the adjustable drapery rod. It is also easy to install. You get the adjustable wall-mounting brackets and hardware in this package. Simply add the drapery of your choice to create a custom window treatment that suits your individual tastes. Choose decorative curtains for style or black-out panels for energy efficiency. Get multiple rods to furnish all the windows in your living room or bedroom. read more

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