Curtain Brackets

Curtain brackets are often an overlooked aspect of a window treatment. They aren't just for hanging curtains. They can also be decorative and part of the special touch for your window covering. Not only are there four basic types of curtain brackets to choose from, but within those four types are a wide variety of styles and prices.

Curtain brackets, like many things having to do with decor, come in a vast array of styles, materials, and prices. Curtain brackets simply hold up curtain rods, but beyond their utilitarian features they add character to a window treatment.

There are four functional types of curtain brackets. Choosing one for your curtains depends on the type of curtain and how you wish to hang it.

  1. The standard curtain bracket juts out perpendicularly to the wall and supports the curtain rod from beneath. A standard double bracket has two rod-supporting indentations in it, one for sheers and the other for main curtains.

    Standard center curtain brackets are mounted in the center of a long curtain run to provide additional support. Center curtain brackets, too, come in single and double configurations.
  2. The post curtain bracket is designed for curtain rods that have a return. Instead of a flat strap of metal curved to hold a rod, a post curtain bracket has a round post sticking out perpendicular to the curtain bracket's mounting part. This post slips into a hole in the return rod.
  3. Hanging curtain brackets are used to hang curtains from the ceiling rather than the wall. Essentially, a hanging curtain bracket consists of a flat base plate that screws to the ceiling. Hanging perpendicular to this base is a hook or eye fixture into which a curtain rod can be inserted.
  4. Escutcheon curtain brackets allow one to hang a curtain on the inside of a window or door frame. The escutcheon curtain bracket has a flat face that screws to the supporting frame surface. On the outside of this supporting face is a U-shaped lip into which the end of a curtain rod can be fitted.

These are the basic types of curtain bracket. Many variations on each type are available. Some standard curtain brackets have split, sliding support arms that allow one to adjust how far from the wall the curtain will hang. Decorative curtain brackets may have fancy finials on the ends that show, or filigreed mounting plates and dramatic curves. Perhaps the most beautiful curtain brackets are forged from wrought iron. Builder Iron Mongery and Highland Forge are two vendors of such custom-made curtain brackets.

Curtain brackets can be made from steel, aluminum, brass, iron, plastic, and even wood. Wooden curtain brackets look especially good with thicker wooden curtain rods. Lighter weight curtain bracket materials are suitable for lightweight, small curtains in bathrooms and kitchens, particularly if the curtains will not be opened and closed often. But for large curtains, frequently opened and closed curtains, and especially for heavy curtain materials such as damask, satin, or velvet, strong metal curtain brackets are the only way to go.

People often shop for curtain brackets with the idea of minimizing their appearance; ideally, they'd like curtain brackets to be invisible. But the right curtain brackets can add a bold, sensuous touch to a window treatment. Rather than hide your curtain brackets, see how tastefully you can make them stand out!