No matter which room of the house you are redecorating, chances are you will be hanging new window treatments. In order to do that, you will need the right curtain rod. Most homeowners won’t spend nearly as much time searching for the appropriate curtain rod as they will for new window panels, so we put together a list of a few things to keep in mind before making that purchase.
Is the rod sturdy enough? If you are going to choose long, heavy drapes, you will need a rod strong enough to hold the weight of all that fabric. Conversely, if you are planning to hang a valance or lightweight curtains, it is safe to assume any rod will hold up.
Is the rod the right length? Always measure your windows with a tape measure before making any purchase. Simply “eye-balling” it could leave you with a rod that is too short and has to be returned.
Will you be layering your window treatments, such as with a sheer curtain beneath a room darkening curtain? If so, you need to look for a double curtain rod.
What are the conditions in the room you’re upgrading? For example, your basement and your bathroom probably have high moisture content. In that case, you should avoid materials like wood that will warp over time.
Does it match? Even if you plan to keep your curtains closed all day every day, in almost all cases you will still see a portion of the rod. So it must match the rest of the room.
Do you like the style? There are so many curtain rods on the market to choose from. Do not settle for one you don’t like because it’s the only one in the store that will work. Keep shopping until you find one you love. After all, you are the one who will have to see it every day.
While shopping for curtain rods may not be the most exciting part of redecorating a room, it is important that you think about the questions above to make sure you get the right one.