I’m all about saving money on home decor and believe in finding the look for less. Curtain rods can be expensive but in some circumstances are worth their cost. Over the years, I’ve learned some items not worth skimping on. Curtain rods. Here are some easy tips to help you find the perfect curtain rod for your needs.
Just because we aren’t going to cut corners with the curtain rods doesn’t require you to bust a budget or spends obscene amounts of money. On the contrary, these are easy tips to assist in getting the best quality rod to suit the needs of the window treatment.
1. Don’t undersize the diameter:
No joke, this is something I see all the time. It completely distracts from the window treatment. People will not look at the beautiful draperies hanging rather they will see a small or undersized curtain rod. Don’t go under 1″ in diameter when you have tall draperies or window treatments with substance. Curtain rods can sag. It’s highly improbable this is the look someone is going for. Sagging happens when the rod is not the correct size. That can mean the diameter is wrong. It can mean the window covering is too heavy. It does mean that the curtain rod is not correct for the application.
The above picture is a great photo. Truly. Bright, clear, great color, etc. The idea of using a Command Hook: brilliant. I love command hooks! I even like the little curtain rod used, but you can see the swag. You can also see that the lovely fabric is thin. So my thought is that the length is simply too long. It’s surprising how frequently I have come across this same problem in homes.
2. Look for a Quality Curtain Rod:
There are a million posts focused on inexpensive curtain rods. That’s awesome! Truly. However, it’s simply not always appropriate. Sorry, but it’s true. Not everything needs to be DIY. I love a good DIY project. I’m not opposed to making furniture out of wood and conduit pipes. That is exactly how my son constructed his desk. Heck, I’d even use that as a curtain rod in his bedroom. However, in the general areas of our home, I need a quality curtain rod. Nothing trendy…just classic and made of quality. This picture below isn’t trendy, it’s not cheap, and it will look good in 5 years! It would look fantastic in a dining room, family room, master bedroom or kitchen. If trendy is my heart’s desire, that look goes into my boys rooms.
JC Penney has, in my opinion, one of the best selections available when it comes to finding the perfect curtain rod. So many options to be found at this store. Here is one example of a curtain rod, 1″ in diameter that is currently on sale, available in two finishes and three lengths.
3. Shop Sales:
It all goes on sale. Honestly. Nearly every item sold at major retailers will go on sale at some point or another. You will need to determine the price point you are comfortable with and then it may require you to wait it out. When I bought the curtain rods in our bedroom, I waited for a good sale. Then, I used an additional coupon to drive the price down more. Right now JCP has some curtain rods for 40% off and then on top of that, other discounts AND free shipping!
4. Use A Little Creativity:
Like I stated earlier, not everything in home decor needs to be DIY. BUT…to achieve the desired look with window treatments it may require the use of an electric saw. Yep, you may have to cut down a curtain rod to the appropriate size. We purchased the following items from Home Depot to accommodate the windows in our great room:
One way I was able to save a little was by having Kyle cut the wood rod into four equal sizes for each window. The alternative was to buy four different rods, but the look I wanted was simple.
5. Determine the Purpose:
So, you need to determine the purpose of your window treatments. I’m a BIG fan of layering. Dear Lord, I don’t mean ascot valance, velvet panels, sheer panels, and shades! My window treatments consist either of a valance or window panel and a shade. To be perfectly honest, the only time I can think where a window valance AND a panel would be appropriate is at a sliding glass or french door.
Basically: does the curtain rod need to be functional, beautiful…or both. Be super honest with this. You’ll read why below.
6. Shop Discount Stores:
Places like Marshalls, TJMaxx, Home Goods, etc. are your friends here. It’s likely you can find two curtain rods that match. More than that and it could be tricky (just being honest). Know the lengths you need. That way when you discover your big find, buy it. Don’t hem and haw at these stores. You can always return it but the chances of the items being there when you return: slim to none. I speak from experience.
My preference is to keep window treatments simple. The shade of the window is what provides my family with privacy, the panel is just there to look good and absorb sound, and dust, dust happens here a lot. Therefore, the curtain rods don’t need to be functional. However, in the situation with a sliding door: you will need a curtain rod that functions and moves with ease. I had an “issue” with our french door for years. No joke, years. It made me crazy.
We needed a traverse rod to open to the right. I could not find a decorative rod that I liked, and that opened in one direction. Found a number of beauties that opened in the center, going both ways. I found one that we just had to open and close manually (versus the corded type that would have been the
smart better choice). This thing was a disaster. The rollers would get caught. Then someone would really crank on pulling it closed, or open, and those rollers would fall off. The draperies would hang all wonky, and it looked awful…simply awful! This is why it’s important to know the function of the window treatment. I should have researched it extensively vs. impatiently and been prepared to spend a lot of money. I have spent far more coming up with options for this window over the years than a single quality rod would have ever cost me.