4 Considerations When Choosing Curtain Rods And Finials

To help accent your new window treatment it is important to pick the most appropriate curtain rod and finials.

The right type of decorative curtain rod makes a big difference as to how window drapery hangs when curtains are drawn together. The design and materials used will enhance the room’s décor and reflect its style. Curtain rod and finial

The typical curtain rod is made from hardwood or metal. Wooden poles are smooth or have a design and come unfinished or finished. Chic metal rods can either have a dull matt finish or a bright shiny surface. They can both be embellished with decorative finials.

Anything from light bamboo to heavy wrought iron can be suitable material for a curtain rod. Finials can be of the same material as the rod, but there is an even greater choice when it comes to choosing decorative finials.

Obviously the type of curtain rod will depend largely on the shape and size of the window. There are, however, more considerations for choosing exactly the right one to buy.

The main considerations when choosing a curtain rod and finials include the:

  1. Size and weight of the curtains
  2. Drapery design and color
  3. Window treatment material and texture
  4. Room decor

For more information about attaching curtains and drapes, read Curtain Hooks and Rings for Hanging Your Window Treatment

Curtain Size and Weight

The first thing to establish is the weight of the drapery that will be hanging from the curtain rod. Heavy thermal lined curtains will require a sturdier rod and fittings. Wood rods are typically used for heavy curtains, but there are solid metal rods that can hold just as much weight.
Wooden curtain rod

The weight of the drapes can also determine the diameter of the pole. For example, a floor length curtain suspended from high above a window needs a curtain rod with a larger diameter than a café curtain hanging midway down a kitchen window.


A lightweight wood or a bamboo pole or hollow metal rod is only suitable for hanging sheer unlined drapes. Over time, heavy curtains will tend to make lightweight poles sag in the middle.

Drapery Design and Color

The design and color of the drapery is another point to consider when choosing a curtain rod. The final choice should really depend on how colorful or plain are the drapes that will hang from the rod.

A plain fabric might be contrasted with a fluted wooden pole or a design such as a twisted rope in it, or it could be matched with a wrought iron rod and decorative finials. Curtains of a light or dark shade look good when hanging from a shiny polished metal rod or a brass curtain rod with matching finials.

Wrought iron rod and finials

When choosing a suitable pole for curtains made from a colorful printed fabric or with a design woven into the textile, consider how a plain wood or metal rod will make those curtains appear stylish and contemporary.

A black metal rod or a pale wood pole would be most effective with striped, checked or patterned curtains.

Window Treatment Material and Texture

The type of fabric used for your drapes should also be a consideration when choosing a rod and finials. Lightweight or sheer curtains made from linen, cotton or lace might not suit the type of rod best used with heavy velour drapes.

Unfinished fluted wooden curtain rod

For curtains made from natural materials, such as cotton or linen, consider an unfinished wooden pole or one made from a pale type of wood. A heavily textured velour fabric might look better hanging from a shiny rod made from brass or a highly polished dark wood.


Room Décor

Another important point is to make sure that the window treatment is going to suit the décor of the room. While the rod might be hidden when the curtains are closed, the finials are always on display.

The best window treatment will use materials that make some sort of an impact on the room. For example, a wooden curtain rod with a distressed finish might fit perfectly in a room decorated in a country style. If you room is more traditional with heavy drapes, wrought iron rods may be the right choice.

Contemporary style interior design can be enhanced with a plain curtain rod that has a metallic finish. These rods could be made from chrome, steel, brushed nickel, or even brass and finished with a contemporary finial.

When a minimalist style is required, a polished steel or thick wire rod might appeal.

As finials are designed to fit onto each end of a rod, they do not need to be made from the same material as the curtain rod.

Pink glass finial

A finial of cut crystal or clear glass will add a touch of class to window treatment. Fine wood carvings or wrought metal designs make a nice decorative feature. Silver-plated or polished brass finials will definitely stand out.

Curtain rods and finials can be selected to match either traditional style or modern furniture. Anything from dark polished wood to light blond wood can be chosen to complement similar shades of the furnishings used in the room. And keep in mind that unfinished wooden finials can be painted.

Wrought iron rods and finials fit in well with both contemporary and traditional styles of décor. Iron can be wrought into interesting designs and a curtain rod may have flat or curved sides. An iron rod with elaborate finials could feature in a room of Gothic style.


When choosing a curtain rod and finials it is clearly necessary to consider what is most suitable for the size and shape of the window.

The final decision on which curtain rod and finials to choose should depend on the curtains and drapes you use and how the room is furnished and decorated. Window treatments should always be chosen to fit in with the style and the feel of the room.

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