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Curtain Rods

Curtain rods are the finishing touch on your window treatments. You can design them to effectively disappear, or to stand out and make a statement. Their most basic function is to hold curtains up over windows, though curtains can be hung in other locations too. But they also assist in opening and closing curtains. And the distance they span can be quite large, so making them sturdy enough to hold the weight is important. Part of the support of curtain rods is brackets, spacing them along the opening to help support the weight of the rods and the curtains. And finials are the finishing touch for curtain rods, adding an ornamental aspect that echoes or supports the room's decor. Curtain rods seem to have a minimal role in your window coverings, but shop carefully to ensure they do the job you have in mind for them.

Many homeowners do not put much thought into their window treatments, but they can make a huge difference in the look and feel of your room and home. Window treatments can help bring the decorating style of a room together or can make the room's design look haphazard and disjointed. This is why it is important to choose window treatments that are true to the design and feel of the room and that are functional for the use of the room. Don't forget your curtain rods, though, or you could end up with beautiful curtains that aren't quite "finished" because they don't hang right or look out of place with your curtain rod.

Curtains rods can be quite expensive when you think about it. After all, all they are doing is hold a curtain up - right? However, the expense is worthwhile if you choose a curtain rod that will help to draw interest and attention to your window. Another great thing is that in most cases your curtain rod will last for years so you will more than get your money's worth from it. Your home improvement store and department stores should have a large variety of curtain rods for you to choose from.

Choosing the right curtain rods from the wide variety of rods that are available may seem a little overwhelming at first. However, if you will take the time to look at all of the different rods, finials, and brackets, you are sure to find the one that meets your desires and needs for your room. Keep in mind whether or not you are going to open and close your curtains frequently and look at the curtain rods in light of this. Do you want a manual or mechanical cloning option? For example, with a smooth, manual rod it is much easier to open and close the curtains, than it is with a rod that is textured or has "seams". If you are hanging sheers and a curtain you want a curtain rod with two hanging bars. And again, decide how often each layer will be opened and closed so you can decide if you want a manual or mechanical operation. Evaluate the different curtain rods to determine which one will look the best and be functional for your needs.

A place where you may want to look for a decorative curtain rod is at a discount store. Although their selection may not be as varied as a home improvement or department store, you may find something that will meet your functional and decorative needs at a much better price. If budget is your primary decision-maker, then you want to try a discount store, thrift store, closeout store, an outlet store, or even online. Just be sure that you take the time to really look and feel the curtain rod to ensure that it is not flimsy and will be functional for your use. It may take a little more effort and time to find exactly what you need and desire if you are on a budget, but it will be worth it in the long run.

Curtain rods are an important part of creating the look of your window area. A cheaply made, flimsy curtain rod will only detract from the look that you are trying to create. With just a little more cost, you will have a curtain rod that both looks great and will be functional for many years of use.

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