Metal or Wood Curtain Rods for your Window Treatment?

Your window treatments can go a long way to defining the style, look, and feel of a room. No matter what your budget is, though, you will be able to find something that matches your own style and theme at a fair price.

But that doesn’t complete the job because you then need to choose the right decorative curtain rod to hold that window treatment. Your curtain rods can provide just the right accent for your window treatment.  Decorative curtain rod

Overall Considerations

Here are three things to consider when thinking about which curtain rod to buy.

  • Is it a quality product? You want a rod that will last. In the long run it pays to buy a wood or metal rod that is sturdy and will not bend under the weight of the curtain you put on it.
  • How easy will it be to keep clean? Will the rod have a lot of nooks and crannies that will collect dust? Or will it have a relatively smooth surface?
  • What environmental factors will affect it? How much sun will get on the rod. As you know, sun can fade the color of a natural wooden rod. And high humidity can warp or crack a wooden rod.

Now let’s consider two of the most popular choices for decorative curtain rods: wood or metal curtain rods.

Wood Curtain Rods

Wood can offer a more traditional choice especially if you choose a wooden pole made of natural wood such as oak, cherry, or mahogany. Natural woods come in many colors from light to dark. Or an unfinished wood pole can be stained or painted to match almost any color décor you need for your room.

Wooden Square Curtain Rod and Hardware Set Size: 48

For a more modern effect, you can use a darker wood or stain a decorative wood pole to contrast with the other furnishings in the room. You can also use a traditional color for the wood and mix it with finials of contrasting material and/or color.

For more detail about rods and finials, read 4 Considerations When Choosing Curtain Rods And Finials.

For further creativity, remember that wood poles can have different design on the body of the rod. Although a smooth surface is traditional you can have fluted rods or ones with a twisted rope design. And again, these can be enhanced with different color stains.

Decorating with Wood Rods

Wood curtain rods easily complement any windows made of wood, especially those that are wide and tall. If you use wood for larger windows, you will probably want ones with a larger diameter.

The color should also harmonize with the furniture in the room or the frames of paintings hung in the room. Consider using a natural wood or painting the rods to match the furniture color.

2 inch Wood Fluted Drapery Rod, White - 8' long

The type of curtains you are using for your window treatment will also influence the choice of wood pole. Heavier curtains, such as drapery, will require a larger diameter wood pole. And you want the wood pole to coordinate with the color and style of the drapes being used. For example, a solid color drape can be accented with a fluted or twisted rope style of wood pole.

If you’re using a lighter, sheerer curtain, you will want the wood pole to be a lighter color and thinner diameter so it doesn’t overwhelm the lightness of the curtain. For more information about curtains read Using Sheer Curtains for Window Treatments.

Metal Curtain Rods

Metal rods also come in a variety of options including stainless steel, brushed nickel, brass, chrome, and wrought iron. Finials and curtain rings can be found to match.

Design styles vary too, including round, square, and twisted.

Decorating with Metal Rods

Wrought iron decorative window poles are often found with Spanish or Italian décor. They can also compliment a rustic decorating scheme.

A&F Rod Décor - NEW Decorative Curtain Rod #42, 48-84 inch, Black

If you décor is a French style, consider brass poles and finials.

With modern or contemporary furnishings, consider a rod of brushed nickel or chrome.

And if your room has a lot of wood in it, metal poles can provide a contrast that will give your room some pizazz.


Although curtains are the primary focus for your window treatment, a metal or wood curtain rod and finials can enhance or detract from that focus.


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