Every window needs a covering to appear complete. Curtain rails are a part of the stylistic decisions you will be making. They are potentially a mere accessory; a piece of hardware no one really sees, but potentially something more. Curtain rails accentuate your choice of drape or curtain; flooring, moldings, and paintwork — even furnishings. Like a belt or pair of shoes added to an outfit, curtain rails complement your design plans.
Curtain Rails for Light Window Treatments
With sheer drapes, all you need are skinny, flexible curtain rails. They bend, are made from inexpensive materials, and take no effort to put up or remove. The most a person needs to hold curtain rails like these is a small bracket installed with two small screws as long as these brackets will not be used later to hold a heavier rod. Most likely, these will be made from an inexpensive aluminum alloy, possibly finished white.
Another example of light curtain rails for thin curtains is the half-window type seen in some coffee shops and restaurants. They hold gauzy or gingham curtains for adding accents only.
Curtain Rails for Heavier Curtains and Drapes
As window treatments become heavier, the material used for curtain rails must be sturdier and brackets will have to be fastened with longer screws. Poles will tend to be thicker and made from materials such as sturdy metal alloys or wood.
Home decorating and DIY stores carry a wide enough selection of curtain rails between them to fit you with curtain rails for the most basic office or a room in the house where your choice of curtain rails is not important to you, like a home-based office or storage room. In a more elegant environment, every piece of hardware will be noticed and you will probably shop with greater care.
If you want a wide variety of styles, materials, and extra pieces, it’s probably best to visit specialists who deal in unique curtain rails and other elements of the home or office décor that consumers tend to think of last.
Curtain Rails for Multiple Layers
There are curtain rails also made to hold two or more window treatments along two or three tracks, all part of one piece. This is to allow the designer to create a layered look of multiple textures and colors in front of a single window from wool, linen, and other materials. Many modern homes use this design technique to add flourish where furnishings and other elements lack depth or variety of color, but layers also make for a warmer room in cold weather. Curtain rails facilitate the choice to add layering.
Buying Curtain Rails Online
Cheap curtain rails and expensive ones are available over the Internet. Pick a style, color, and length, plus matching hardware to install curtain rails without leaving your home. Some carpentry or bespoke companies also supply curtain rails of a more ornate nature or made from exotic materials. Choose beautiful hardwood like Ebony, Walnut, or Cherry as well as end pieces, sometimes known as finials, to give basic curtain rails a final flourish. Use this as an opportunity to source eco-friendly products; curtain rails made from recycled materials or sustainable wood, for example. Even if you don’t buy curtain rails online, this is a low-pressure way to research the market and get ideas for the colors and styles of curtain rails you might want in each room of the house.
Curtain Rails and Accessories
Curtains and drapes are designed with a loop of fabric, built-in holes, or are designed to be clipped onto curtain rails using tiny pegs. Curtain rails will sometimes come with dual-purpose hardware: rings and clips. Sometimes you have to buy extra pieces separately. The best way to handle this, though, is to choose your curtains before buying curtain rails. That way you ensure all the necessary hardware is in your package and that it all matches. Dark wood curtain rails with metal rings will look very odd, even in a multi-media, contemporary design.
Also, consider ordering any tiebacks or other accessories at the same time for the same reason. Curtain tiebacks can be made of fabric or chosen to accessorize with the material your curtain rails are made from. Select finials: attractive end-pieces carved or shaped from glass, metal, or wood.