Curtain Rod: Review & Recommendations

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Welcome to our big curtain rod test 2020, where we present you all the curtain rods we have tested in detail. We have put together detailed background information and also added a summary of the customer reviews on the net. This is to make your purchase decision easier and help you to find the best curtain rod for you.

You can also find answers to frequently asked questions in our guide. If available, we also offer you interesting test videos. Furthermore, you will also find some important information on this page, which you should pay attention to if you want to buy a curtain rod.

The most important facts in brief

  • Curtain rods help you to hang your curtains and drapes mainly in the flat, but also in the car or in the VW bus.
  • They are available in different versions from single and double or multiple curtain rods to curtain rails or disc rods.
  • They can be mounted on the wall, on the ceiling, from wall to wall or in the window frame.
  • The material can be stainless steel, brass, wood, nickel, aluminium or plastic, to name but a few.

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  • The best curtain rod with transparent rubber pads
  • The best curtain rod with round end
  • The best curtain rod with adhesive hook

The best curtain rod with transparent rubber pads

The Bestlinvings metal clamping bars are available in different lengths and colours. They are extendable and ideal for bistro curtains or disc curtains. Due to the swivel-out function, they can be adjusted and fixed to all window widths.

Without drilling or gluing, the clamping bars can be clamped to the inner window frame together with the curtain. The transparent rubber buffers at the ends provide a perfect hold. Due to their versatility and easy installation, the clamping bars are very popular with their customers.

The best curtain rod with round end

The AmazonsBasics curtain rod with round end piece is a length-adjustable curtain rod made of nickel at an average price. It can be extended from 180 cm to 360 cm, so that it fits on different window widths.

With a load capacity of up to 9.9 kg and a diameter of 2.5 cm, it is also suitable for heavy fabrics. Its decorative round end pieces on both sides ensure a simple but balanced design. The scope of delivery includes the fastening elements, including dowels and screws as well as assembly instructions.

The best curtain rod with adhesive hook

The display bars with adhesive hooks from Flairdeco are made of metal and plastic and are available at a very reasonable price. They are extendable up to a length of 100 cm and are suitable for the use of light window curtains or short curtains.

With the adhesive hooks supplied, screwless mounting on the window sashes is possible. Alternatively, two screw hooks are also included in the scope of delivery if you prefer to screw them on. Customers appreciate above all the good price-performance ratio.

Advisor: Questions you should deal with before you buy a curtain rod

What do I need a curtain rod for?

You can find curtain rods in almost every apartment these days. You need them to hang curtains or drapes mostly at the window or door. There is a variety of different designs, materials, mounting types and lengths.
So you can choose your curtain rod according to use and matching the interior decoration. Apart from their practical function, they have become beautiful home accessories that spice up any home.

Also in your car, camper or VW bus you can decorate or darken your windows with a curtain and you need a curtain rod for mounting. Here you will also find suitable solutions for your window decoration. In the trivial part you can read which curtain rod is suitable for a VW bus.

Which length do I choose for my curtain rod and how do I measure the curtain rod correctly?

Curtain rods are available in various lengths. To know what length your curtain rod should have, there is an approximate guide:

A 20-30 cm projection to the left and right of the window. This gives a curtain rod dimension of window width plus 40-60 cm projection.

Certainly this depends on your personal taste and the room conditions. It is only important that the curtains can be pushed to the side when the window is opened.
The indicated length is always only the length of the rod itself, without the respective end pieces. Various manufacturers also produce special sizes, so that you will always find a suitable curtain rod.
Additionally there are extendable rods, which are variable in their length, so that they can be individually adapted to

What material is a curtain rod made of?

Curtain rods are available in many different materials, so there is no “one curtain rod”. Here you can choose between high quality stainless steel or brass, metal finishes, combinations of metal/wood, plastic/wood or classic wood.
For each style of furnishing there is a suitable curtain rod. If you choose an antique and rustic interior, you will certainly make the right choice with wood or brass. If you prefer a very modern style, stainless steel curtain rails with a high-quality combination system for curtain and screen are the solution.
If, for example, you need a very long rod and you decide on a heavy curtain, a stable curtain rod made of a robust material with a thicker diameter is recommended. Stainless steel is particularly suitable in this case.

What hanging options are available?

In general, there are two different ways to hang your curtains on the curtain rod:

Curtain rings
Indoor running systems

Gardinenringe

Curtain rings represent the most classic type of suspension and are most often chosen by customers. The curtains are usually hung in the rings with the help of pleat hooks and fastened so that the curtain tape cannot fall out. They are suitable for velcro or curl tapes.

If you have decided on loop scarves or eyelet curtains, then you can confidently omit the rings or other accessories and thread your curtains directly over the tube rod.

Indoor running systems

Interior running systems are somewhat more inconspicuous and designed in such a way that all types of curtains up to sliding curtains can be attached directly and effectively. Here, pleated gliders are used to which the curtains or drapes are attached.

In addition, several barrels can be provided on one inner barrel system, which is advantageous for sliding curtains, for example, as they are installed offset or with overlapping.

Where can I buy a curtain rod?

Basically, you can buy curtain rods both in the hardware store or furniture shop as well as in various online shops.
On the Internet you will find a larger selection of different materials, sizes and finishes and can order from the comfort of your own home.
Popular shops for the purchase of moving boxes are for example:

amazon.com
ebay.com
ikea.com
home24.com
obi.de
poco.de
otto.de
iso-design.com

How much is a curtain rod?

Depending on material and dimensions, there is a fairly wide price range when buying a curtain rod. Consequently, high-quality materials such as stainless steel, brass or even gold-plated rods are significantly more expensive than those made of plastic or metal.

If you decide on a simple curtain rod, e.g. made of plastic or stainless steel look, it is available from about 10 euros. Other examples, e.g. made of high-quality brass, which also have a special size, can cost over 300 euros. There are no upper limits here.

For a classic single run curtain rod without big frills, you can generally expect a price range of about 10 to 40 euros.

What alternatives are there to a curtain rod?

If curtain rails and window rods are counted among the subtypes of curtain rod, there are two alternatives:

Wire rope system
Nature Branch

In the next section we will go into the two alternatives in more detail to give you a larger overview of the curtain rod topic.

Wire rope system

A wire rope system is a thin, tensioned wire rope that is either mounted from wall to wall or at an angle to the wall. It not only looks modern, it is also versatile. You can not only thread a metal eyelet curtain super easy on it, but also attach decorations, such as photos or a mobile to it.

Nevertheless, the rope can sag under the load of the fabric and must be re-tensioned regularly. If you don’t feel like it and prefer it straight and perfect, it is better to use curtain rods or curtain rails.

Nature Branch

A modern DIY alternative to a curtain rod made of the above mentioned materials are curtain rods made of natural branches. More and more often you can see such details from branches in modern furnished flats. They give your flat a natural flair and are also inexpensive.

If you want to convert such a branch into a curtain rod, however, you should make sure that the branch is strong enough to hold your curtain securely.

Decision: What types of curtain rods are there and which one is right for you?

If you want to buy a curtain rod, you can basically choose between the following four types:

  • Single track curtain rod
  • Double or multiple curtain rod
  • Curtain rail
  • Disc bar

All four variants are suitable for hanging your curtains or drapes. However, the different types each have their advantages and disadvantages. With the following section we would like to make your purchase decision easier.

What distinguishes a single run curtain rod and what are the advantages and disadvantages?

A single run curtain rod is suitable if you only want to hang a window decoration such as curtains, blinds or Roman blinds. So there is only one fabric level. This is usually a simple round tube rod, which is available in various materials such as stainless steel, brass, aluminium or plastic.

The attachment of the various curtains can be carried out via classic curtain rings, the rod itself or via internal running systems. Also the mounting is possible either via the ceiling or the wall. Thus many variants are possible with single run curtain rods.

Advantages

Available in various materials
Suitable for almost all types of curtains
Both curtain rings and inner runner systems for attachment possible
Cheaper than double curtain rods

Disadvantages

Only one curtain can be hung
Price varies depending on material
Central support necessary for wide windows

There are also matching end knobs in various shapes and variations to spice up any bar. Depending on the length you need, there are also extendable rods, so you can adjust them to your needs.

Since it is only one rod, the price is often cheaper than with two-bar curtain rods. However, the price can also vary greatly depending on the material. Another disadvantage is that you need middle beams if the window front is very wide.

What distinguishes a double or multiple curtain rod and what are the advantages and disadvantages?

If one type of curtain is not enough for you and you want to combine curtains with outer scarves, for example, then double or multiple curtain rods are suitable for you. They are therefore designed for two or more layers of fabric and you can combine different types of curtains.

For example, it is possible to install a sun protection curtain in addition to the plain white curtain and thus darken the room. Also in the bedroom such a curtain rod can be an advantage if you can add a privacy screen to the decorative curtain.

Advantages

Two curtain types at the same time
Combination of different materials possible
Combination of round tube rod and inner rod possible

Disadvantages

More expensive than single run curtain rod
Requires centre beams for very wide windows
Very conspicuous

In terms of design and material, as with the single-track curtain rod, all variations are possible. In addition, combinations of different materials are also conceivable. Thus, one round tube rod bswp. can be made of stainless steel and the second rod of wood.

A further option are combinations of round tube rods and inner running rods. Here, for example, you can attach your blinds to the rear inner rail profile and simply move them around, while your loop scarves or eyelet curtains can be attached to the front of the curtain rings or the round tube rod itself.

Because two rods are offered here, the price is somewhat more expensive than for single run curtain rods. With very wide or several windows you also need middle bars. They are also very eye-catching and should therefore match the rest of the furniture.

What distinguishes a curtain rail and what are the advantages and disadvantages?

A curtain rail is ideal for hanging sliding curtains but also any other curtains. With the help of gliders, rollers or special panel carriers, which are attached to the curtains or drapes, they can be easily hung on the rails.

Curtain rails are available in different versions with single and multi-track rails. Also different materials such as plastic, aluminium or wood with plastic sheathing can be found here. In addition to manual operation, there are also versions with electrical devices that open and close the curtains at the touch of a button.

Advantages

Ideal for all types of curtains
Ceiling mounting does not allow interruption
Very discreet
Ideal for windows without lintel

Disadvantages

Rather unsuitable for high ceilings

A significant advantage compared to the curtain rod is that it is not interrupted due to the ceiling installation and can therefore hang several windows, even across corners or in curves, with a single curtain. Moreover, they are very discreet and hardly visible, so that the fabrics are in the foreground.

Especially for windows with very small or no lintel, as is the case with modern panorama windows, ceiling rails are the only solution. However, in the case of ceilings that are too high, such as in an old building

What distinguishes a disc bar and what are the advantages and disadvantages?

Window bars are mostly used for short or narrow windows. They offer a practical attachment for pane curtains such as bistro curtains and short curtains. They are also available in various designs:

  • Vitra bars
  • Café house bars
  • Clamping rods
  • Swivel rods

What all designs have in common is that they are either extendable or turnable or tensionable and can be easily attached to the window sash. With the clamping rods the best

Advantages

Ideal for bistro curtains and short curtains
mostly extendable and clampable
Often no drilling necessary

Disadvantages

Not suitable for heavy curtains and drapes
Mostly not of high quality

However, this type of curtain rod is not suitable for heavy fabrics, as they are thinner and shorter than classic single or double run curtain rods and they are usually made of plastic.

Purchase criteria: With these factors you can compare and rate curtain rods

In the following we would like to show you which factors you can use to compare and evaluate curtain rods. This will make it easier for you to decide whether a particular curtain rod is suitable for you or not.

In summary, these are:

  • Dimensions
  • Material
  • Mounting method
  • Gestaltung
  • Accessories

In the following paragraphs we will explain to you what the individual criteria depend on and how you can classify them.

Dimensions

The dimensions play a significant role when buying a curtain rod. Because only if the curtain rod fits correctly in length and diameter, it can be used.

There are curtain rods in different lengths of about 30 cm, which mostly occurs in disc days, up to 3 meters rods or rails.

As described in the guide, you should allow for a projection of approx. 20-30 cm on both sides of the window, so that the curtains can be pushed to the side when the window is to be opened. In the case of extendable rods, the length need not be measured exactly, as they can be adjusted individually.

The diameter of the rod can also be decisive. The thicker the rod, the more stable it is. A thicker diameter is recommended especially for very heavy curtains.

Material

Curtain rods are available in many different materials. The following are the most common types of material:

  • Stainless steel
  • various types of wood, lacquered and untreated (e.g. oak, beech, cherry etc.)
  • Messing
  • Steel
  • Aluminium
  • Plastic

If you want to buy a modern and at the same time very high quality curtain rod, you are sure to make the right choice with stainless steel. These are robust, very resilient and do not rust. However, they also cost more than, for example, versions made of aluminium or plastic.

Which material you finally decide on depends on your personal taste, your budget and your other equipment.

Mounting method

There are basically two ways to fix the curtain rod.

  • Wall mounting
  • Ceiling mounting

A wall mounting is the most common way to attach a curtain rod. For this purpose, the brackets must be drilled into the wall to the right and left above the window.

Gardien rails are usually attached to the ceiling. This type of fastening is particularly suitable if the lintel is very small, such as in a dormer.

In the case of window bars, the bar is either drilled into the window sash or glued on with special brackets. Clamping bars can even be easily clamped without drilling.

Gestaltung

In terms of design, there is a large selection of different curtain rods. Depending on which type you choose, you can choose between various materials, shapes, colours and different styles.

In the children’s room, motifs suitable for children such as teddy bears and rabbits or bright colours are very popular.

If you don’t really like the rod in its actual shape, you can easily embellish it with the matching end pieces. Here you will find a large selection of simple shapes, different colours and materials, as well as decorative and wild variations.

Accessories

If you order your curtain on the Internet, the corresponding accessories such as end pieces and assembly material are usually included. Further accessories can be e.g:

  • Curtain rings with pleat hooks
  • adhesive hooks
  • beams (ceiling, wall and clamping beams)
  • x-glider for curtain rails
  • Rope tensioning sets
  • Tie-back

Which accessories you need depends on the type of curtain rod and your decoration wishes.

The following table summarizes once again all purchase criteria:

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How do I mount a curtain rod?

Depending on the type of curtain or attachment, there are different ways to attach your curtain rod.

  • On the ceiling
  • On the wall
  • wall-to-wall
  • Clamps (without drilling)

Curtain rails are usually mounted on the ceiling by screwing or rarely gluing them. Most curtain rails can be mounted on the wall by drilling the brackets or supports provided for this purpose into the wall on the right and left of the window.

Make sure that you use a spirit level and attach the brackets at the same height.

From wall to wall, wire rope systems can often be attached and tensioned. This is better possible in a narrow room than in a very wide room. The video shows an example of wall mounting.

Window rods and especially clamping rods are the simplest way to mount the curtain rod, as they do not have to be drilled, but only clamped into the inner window frame.

Can I shorten a curtain rod?

If the standard length of the curtain rod is too long for your window, you can easily shorten it. Depending on the material your curtain rod is made of, you will need different tools.

To shorten a metal or iron bar, a fine hacksaw is suitable. With this you can cut the rod down to the desired length. To avoid leaving rough edges, you should smooth the sawn ends with a file.

Wooden poles can be shortened most easily. You will need a simple handsaw and sandpaper to polish the ends.

Which curtain rod is suitable for my VW bus?

If you are travelling or camping with a VW bus, you also need privacy and sun protection on the windows. Baimex car curtains are ideal for all VW models. They are specially adapted to the respective vehicle type and can be purchased as a finished curtain set with the corresponding curtain rail.

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