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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Versailles Home Fashions
$73.48 $30.79

Swing those curtains open! Gain easy access to windows for cleaning. Versailles' 1/2in diam. SWING ARMS can be used on French Door...s, Small Windows, Bay Windows, Hide a messy area, Hide appliance alcoves, create a simple canopy, create room dividers...... read more

Generic
$110.97 $84.99

Open your curtains with the touch of a button. It plugs into any wall outlet and easily installs in 30 minutes in any home.

Fusion
$70.99 $30.00

Create a quick update without a lot of effort using the Kenney Rutherford 1" Diameter Curtain Rod. This will add fashion to a wind...ow and provide an attractive accent to a room. The metal rod provides sturdy and dependable support for your drapes. It... read more

Rod Desyne
$42.92 $27.36

RQD1178 Features Rod and brackets is made of metal Decorative finial is made of plastic resin Two pumpkin finial Product Type: Har...dware set/Single rod Dimensions Finial dimensions: 2.6" W x 1.8" H x 1.8" D Diameter of the ball: 1.76" Rod: Yes Finial:... 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
$93.22 $59.75

RQD1437 Features Includes 1 high quality cordless steel traverse rod, extends from 28'' - 48'', 10 sliders with clips, 2 brackets ...and 2 finials Includes 1 high quality cordless steel traverse rod, extends from 48'' - 86'', 20 sliders with clips, 3... read more

Rod Desyne
$29.18

RQD1155 Features Mounting brackets and hardware included Heavy duty single rod Minor adjustment capable Designed for use with pinc...h pleat draperies White Traverse collection Product Type: Hardware set/Single rod Finish: White Material Details: Steel... read more

Rod Desyne
$93.99 $65.98

RQD1159 Features Heavy duty double rod When facing the window, drapery opens from left side and stacks on right side Comes with on...e end bracket for cord control side and additional support brackets as needed for opposite end and center Designed for use... read more

Rod Desyne
$84.98 $76.85

RQD1424 Features Includes one high quality cordless steel traverse rod, sliders with clips, brackets and 2 finials Contemporary Tr...averse collection Color: Black Superior slide fit between inner and outer rod Product Type: Hardware set/Single rod... 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

Umbra
$24.99

Features 36 length (extends up to 54) 1/2 diameter Tension-mount design Easy no-hardware installation Construction & Care Stee...l Wipe clean Size: One Size. Color: Black. Gender: Unisex. Age Group: Adult. Material: Steel. read more

Kohl's
$64.99 $38.99

Spring-mount or screw-mount options ensure convenient use. Joiners and additional tension rods, sold separately, can combine to co...ver wider windows. Durable metal construction delivers long-lasting quality. Details: Includes: curtain rod & mounting hardware 30-in. length (extends up to 52-in.) 3/4-in. diameter Steel Wipe clean Imported Size: No Spcf Sz. Color: Grey. Gender: Unisex. Age Group: Adult. Material: Steel/Pewter. 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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Rod Desyne
$50.39

Rod Desyne is pleased to introduce our designer-looking rosen double curtain rod. This elegant double curtain rod will add allurin...g style and refined touch to your window treatment and home decor. read more

Rod Desyne
$94.00

Decorate your window with this Rod Desyne spear double curtain rod. This solid steel pole lends a sophisticated touch and finished... appeal to your window treatment, regardless of room or drapery style. read more

Rod Desyne
$34.74

Decorate your window Treatment with this Rod Desyne Madeline double curtain rod. This timeless curtain rod will bring a sophistica...ted look into your home. Matching single rod set and Holdbacks available and sold separately. read more

Rod Desyne
$67.60

Rod Desyne is pleased to introduce our designer-looking adjustable cedar double drapery rod made with high quality steel pole. Thi...s curtain rod will add an elegant statement to any room. Matching single rod and Holdbacks are available and sold separately. read more

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
$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... 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... read more

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... read more

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... read more

Cafe rod

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

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Kenney
$9.67

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Kenney
$16.12

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Kenney
$14.12

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
$22.71

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

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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American Specialties
$62.99

AME1192 Features One flange has set screw to lock rod and prevent rotation Flanges are chrome-plated brass with satin finish Rod i...s 1 (25 mm) diameter, 20 gauge type 304 stainless steel tubing with satin finish Product Type: Shower Rods Color: Satin... read more

American Specialties
$63.99

AME1515 Features Is a one-piece rod Includes mounting hardware Product Type: Shower Rods Color: Stainless Steel Material: Metal Di...mensions Overall Height - Top to Bottom: 24'' Overall Height - Top to Bottom: 72'' Overall Width - Side to Side: 1.25''... read more

allen + roth
$34.97

Decorative specialty brass finish. Exclusively at Lowes. Includes mounting hardware. The specialty brass finish adds natural warmt...h to any window settings. From the allenroth collection classically elegant with a modern twist. Drapery set available in two sizes 36-in-72-inor 72-in-144-in. Durable metal rods for superior strength. read more

Rod Desyne
$87.98 $64.31

RQD1234 Features Ornament collection Product Type: Double rod/Hardware set Dimensions 28'' - 84'' will include 2 brackets 66'' - 1...20'' will include 3 brackets 120'' - 170'' will include 4 brackets Size 28'' - 48'' W Overall Width - Side to Side: 48''... 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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Versailles Home Fashions
$73.48 $30.79

Swing those curtains open! Gain easy access to windows for cleaning. Versailles' 1/2in diam. SWING ARMS can be used on French Door...s, Small Windows, Bay Windows, Hide a messy area, Hide appliance alcoves, create a simple canopy, create room dividers...... read more

Generic
$110.97 $84.99

Open your curtains with the touch of a button. It plugs into any wall outlet and easily installs in 30 minutes in any home.

Fusion
$70.99 $30.00

Create a quick update without a lot of effort using the Kenney Rutherford 1" Diameter Curtain Rod. This will add fashion to a wind...ow and provide an attractive accent to a room. The metal rod provides sturdy and dependable support for your drapes. It... read more

Rod Desyne
$42.92 $27.36

RQD1178 Features Rod and brackets is made of metal Decorative finial is made of plastic resin Two pumpkin finial Product Type: Har...dware set/Single rod Dimensions Finial dimensions: 2.6" W x 1.8" H x 1.8" D Diameter of the ball: 1.76" Rod: Yes Finial:... read more

Montevilla
$16.97 $15.99

Enhance your windows with the Montevilla Core Urn 5/8" Drapery Rod Set. It is a simple way to give your home a finished look, enha...nce privacy and regulate natural lighting. It offers a distinctive way to secure your window treatments. The set works... read more

Mainstays
$9.87 $9.78

Enhance your window treatments with this beautiful Mainstays Decorative Curtain Rod with Satin Nickel Ball Finial. It is easy to i...nstall and includes all the necessary mounting hardware. Each end of this decorative piece displays a round finial that... read more

Generic
$25.99 $17.58

Diameter of the all-metal rod is 0.75 inches with easy telescopic adjustment. Set comes complete with polyresin finials and matchi...ng, all-metal hardware (brackets and screws) for wall or ceiling mount, brackets can be adjusted to extend between three... read more

Better Homes and Gardens
$27.97 $19.15

The Better Homes and Gardens Marble Urn Curtain Rod has marbled finials and a bronze finish.

Versailles Home Fashions
$169.49 $67.66

VFQ1262 Features Set includes 3 rods and 4 mounting bracket Decorative Bay collection Material: 100pct Steel Finial material: Resi...n Energy saver Reduces noise Product Type: Holdback/Tieback/Single rod Material Details: Steel Dimensions Overall Height -... read more

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