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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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Xhilaration
$19.99
at Target

Find Window And Shower Hardware at Target.com! Don't settle for ordinary when you can affordably have extraordinary with an Xhilar...ation Black Drapery Rod. Decorative curtain rods are a simple yet sophisticated way to hang nearly any window panel and... read more

Threshold
$32.99
at Target

Find Window And Shower Hardware at Target.com! Make your window treatments look even more stunning with the Threshold Ceramic Orb ...Curtain Rod in Bronze. This metal rod comes in 2 different sizes, each with adjustable length, along with coordinating... read more

Threshold
$32.99
at Target

Find Window And Shower Hardware at Target.com! Make your window treatments look even more stunning with the Threshold Soft Brass B...all Curtain Rod in Brass. These metal rods come in 2 different sizes, each with adjustable length, along with coordinating... read more

Threshold
$25.99
at Target

Find Window And Shower Hardware at Target.com! Make your window treatments stand out with the Threshold 1? Diameter Knob Aged Curt...ain Rod in Brushed Copper. This metal rod comes in 2 different sizes, each with adjustable length, along with coordinating... 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
$97.50 $195.00
at jcpenney

This heavy-duty, center open double traverse curtain rod is an excellent choice for high-quality curtain and drapery installations.... its smooth traverse operation allows you to easily open and close pinch-pleated curtain panels with ease perfect for... read more

Rod Desyne
$50.00 $100.00
at jcpenney

This heavy-duty, one-way cord traverse curtain rod is an excellent choice for high-quality curtain and drapery installations. its ...smooth traverse operation allows you to easily open and close pinch-pleated curtain panels with ease when facing the... read more

Rod Desyne
$30.00 $60.00
at jcpenney

This heavy-duty, center open traverse curtain rod is an excellent choice for high-quality curtain and drapery installations. its s...mooth traverse operation allows you to easily open and close pinch-pleated curtain panels with ease superior slide fit... read more

Rod Desyne
$50.00 $100.00
at jcpenney

This heavy-duty, one-way cord traverse curtain rod is an excellent choice for high-quality curtain and drapery installations. its ...smooth traverse operation allows you to easily open and close pinch-pleated curtain panels with ease when facing the... 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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Moen

Moen TR1000CH Decorative Tension Shower Rod in ChromeMoen's complete bathroom collections range in style from traditional to moder...n, encompassing all styles in between. Whether your bath features clean Old World styling or more clean, contemporary... read more

Overstock.com

Give your window treatment a stylish foundation with this adjustable spring-tension curtain rod. This rod is available in four ele...gant finishes and is easy to install. You can size this rod to fit your window with just the twist of your hand. read more

Bali - (Springs)

Try this oval-shaped curtain rod when you want to mount curtains inside of the window frame. The spring allows you to adjust the l...ength of the rod without having to add any holes to your walls. for mounting window treatments inside a window frame no... 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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Loft by Umbra
$44.99
at Target

Find Window And Shower Hardware at Target.com! Set includes two telescoping rods in a Matte Nickel finish (3/4in diameter rod in f...ront and 5/8in diameter rod in back), two decorative finials, and complete mounting hardware. Designed to fit a range of... read more

Bali
$42.99
at Target

Find Window And Shower Hardware at Target.com! Bali 3/4in Double Curtain Rod - Satin Nickel (28-48in) Size: 48-84in. Color: Satin ...Nickel. Gender: Unisex. read more

Loft by Umbra
$45.99
at Target

Find Window And Shower Hardware at Target.com! Set includes two telescoping rods in a Bronze finish (7/8in diameter rod in front a...nd 5/8in diameter rod in back), two decorative finials, and complete mounting hardware. Designed to fit a range of window... read more

Bali
$42.99
at Target

Find Window And Shower Hardware at Target.com! Bali 3/4in Double Curtain Rod - Black (48-84in) Size: 48-84in. Color: Black. Gender...: Unisex. 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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Overstock.com

Add elegance and functionality to your windows with this metal adjustable curtain rod, available in many color options. The curtai...n rods are easy to mount and the swing arm feature allows you to easily open curtains without dragging the rod. read more

Overstock.com

These swing arms will add an elegant look and function to your window. Each swing arm is attached on a swivel to one side of the w...indow, like a hinge on a door and can be easily opened by pulling. read more

Versailles Home Fashions
$64.99
at Target

Find Window And Shower Hardware at Target.com! Versailles' SWING ARMS can be used on French Doors, Small Windows, Bay Windows, Hid...e a messy area, Hide appliance alcoves, create a simple canopy, create room dividers Swing those curtains open! Gain easy... read more

Versailles Home Fashions
$64.99
at Target

Find Window And Shower Hardware at Target.com! Versailles' SWING ARMS can be used on French Doors, Small Windows, Bay Windows, Hid...e a messy area, Hide appliance alcoves, create a simple canopy, create room dividers Swing those curtains open! Gain easy... read more

Cafe rod

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

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Home Decorators Collection

Shop for Decor at The Home Depot. The Oil Rubbed Bronze Standard Cafe Curtain Rod from Home Decorators Collection is a decorative ...rod with finials, brackets and all mounting hardware included. It works perfectly with tab top draperies and sheers and... read more

Home Decorators Collection

Shop for Decor at The Home Depot. An ideal choice for your home, the 22 in. - 40 in. Telescoping 7/16 in. Petite Cafe Rod can be u...sed to hang drapery to match your decor. Featuring durable metal construction, this petite cafe rod has a satin nickel... read more

Home Decorators Collection

Shop for Decor at The Home Depot. The Black Petite Cafe Curtain Rod Kit with Ball Finial by Home Decorators Collection can be used... to hang drapery to match your interior. Featuring durable metal construction, this rod has a black finish that will... read more

Kenney Manufacturing
$27.56
at Amazon

5/8-Inch Diameter curtain rod adds a decorative accent to your window. Extends from 86-120-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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Springhouse Specialty

When installing a new shower curtain rod, a wall or ceiling support may be needed to secure it. This heavy-duty brass shower rod s...upport is designed to connect to 1 rods and includes a flange and mounting hardware. Shower rod support, attaches to Shower rods. 5/8 rod and flange with mounting screws. Rod may be extended with coupling and extra rod. Brass with a Brushed Nickel finish. read more

Springhouse Specialty

This corner shower curtain rod is adjustable by cutting either or both lengths. One 36 ceiling support is included. Available in m...ultiple finishes. Rod measures 30 x 30 w/1 diameter. Rod may be cut to desired lengths. Rods are plated over solid brass material. Furnished with one 36 ceiling support which may be cut to needed length. Wall flanges are extra large [jumbo] rectangular type. Ships within 2 business days read more

Springhouse Specialty

Designed especially for walk-in showers, this Straight Shower Curtain Rod is an upgrade from less durable rods that are likely to ...corrode. Made of quality brass for a lasting addition to your bathroom, this shower rod comes with all the hardware necessary for installation, including wall anchors, flanges and screws. One-piece rod. Note: 84, 96 and 108 shower rods are two pieces and connected with insert. Includes flanges and set screws, wall anchors and mounting screws. Ceiling support rod also included with 84, 96 and 108. Flanges are plated die-cast metal. Flanges cover 2-1/4 diameter at wall. May be cut to desired length. 36 Brass with a Chrome finish. read more

Sunrise Specialty

Sunrise Specialty straight shower curtain rod. Measures 72 inches long and can be cut down to size. Comes complete with mounting f...langes and screws. 406-C. 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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Croydex
$20.25 $27.00
at Build.com

Curtain Rod Non Wireline Non-Hinged Dating back to our beginnings in 1919, Croydex, then trading as the New Croydon Rubber Company..., was well known as a key supplier of household items to the ironmongery and housewares trades. Although times have... read more

Croydex AD107041 Curtain Rod Non Wireline Non-Hinged Chrome
Rod Desyne
$30.63 $40.00
at Bellacor

Save 15% with RUSTIC15 at checkout. Price reflects savings. Ends 07/27/15. - Included in Set: One 0.81 inch diameter high quality ...steel telescoping pole, extends 48-84 inch, 3 brackets and 2 finials - Decorate your window with this Rod Desyne Ornam read more

Ornament Cocoa 48 to 84-Inch Curtain Rod Rod Desyne 4802-487
Rod Desyne
$50.12 $65.00
at Bellacor

Save 15% with RUSTIC15 at checkout. Price reflects savings. Ends 07/27/15. - Included in Set: Includes one 1 inch diameter adjusta...ble front rod, one .75 inch diameter adjustable back rod, extends 48-84 inches, two end caps on back rod, two finials, read more

Globe Mahogany 48 to 84-Inch Double Curtain Rod Rod Desyne 100-01-486-D
Rod Desyne
$53.20 $69.00
at Bellacor

Save 15% with RUSTIC15 at checkout. Price reflects savings. Ends 07/27/15. - Included in Set: Two 0.81 inch diameter high quality ...steel telescoping poles, extends 48-84 inch, 3 brackets and 2 finials - Decorate your window with this Rod Desyne Orna read more

Ornament Cocoa 48 to 84-Inch Double Curtain Rod Rod Desyne 4702-487
Rod Desyne
$39.78 $59.00
at Bellacor

Save 15% with RUSTIC15 at checkout. Price reflects savings. Ends 07/27/15. -Update your home decor with Rod Desyne Drapery Hardwar...e. Featuring professional designer-quality Royal finials, this heavy duty curtain rod lends timeless elegant charm to a read more

Elite Mahogany 28 to 48 Inch Royal Curtain Rod Rod Desyne 150-50-28-7
Rod Desyne
$33.97 $54.00
at Bellacor

Save 15% with RUSTIC15 at checkout. Price reflects savings. Ends 07/27/15. - Included in Set: Two 0.81 inch diameter high quality ...steel telescoping poles, extends 28-48 inch, 2 brackets and 2 finials - Decorate your window with this Rod Desyne Whir read more

Whirl Satin Nickel 28 to 48-Inch Double Curtain Rod (Clearance Priced) Rod Desyne 4708-285
Rod Desyne
$19.51 $26.00
at Bellacor

Save 15% with RUSTIC15 at checkout. Price reflects savings. Ends 07/27/15. -Rod Desyne is pleased to introduce our designer-lookin...g adjustable Antique Gold Knob Finial Drapery Rod. This rod includes one adjustable high quality steel pole 5/8 inch di read more

Classic Antique Gold 48 to 84 Inch Knob Curtain Rod Rod Desyne 5703-484
Rod Desyne
$55.08 $72.00
at Bellacor

Save 15% with RUSTIC15 at checkout. Price reflects savings. Ends 07/27/15. - Included in Set: One 0.81 inch diameter high quality ...steel telescoping pole (3 piece), extends 120-170 inch, 4 brackets and 2 finials - Decorate your window with this Rod read more

Ornament Satin Nickel 120 to 170-Inch Curtain Rod Rod Desyne 4802-995
Rod Desyne
$47.56 $65.00
at Bellacor

Save 15% with RUSTIC15 at checkout. Price reflects savings. Ends 07/27/15. - Included in Set: Includes one 1 inch diameter adjusta...ble front rod, one .75 inch diameter adjustable back rod, extends 48-84 inches, two end caps on back rod, two finials, read more

Supreme Mahogany 48 to 84-Inch Double Curtain Rod Rod Desyne 100-04-486-D
Rod Desyne
$57.76 $80.00
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Save 15% with RUSTIC15 at checkout. Price reflects savings. Ends 07/27/15. - Included in Set: Includes one 1 inch diameter adjusta...ble front rod, one .75 inch diameter adjustable back rod, extends 66-120 inches, two end caps on back rod, two finials, read more

Globe Mahogany 66 to 120-Inch Double Curtain Rod Rod Desyne 100-01-666-D

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