The 5 Best Curtain Rods [Ranked]
In this post we examine five of the best-selling curtain rods.
If you don't know, curtain rods are useful for hanging curtains over windows (duh!).
They're also great for blocking out light and give homeowners privacy. The rods themselves are often made of metal, but can also be made of wood or other materials.
Traditionally, curtain rods are designed to fit a variety of window widths by utilizing extending rods. Many homeowners overlook how much style can be added to a room with a simple curtain rod (Source).
How do they work?
Curtain rods are normally installed by mounting to the wall and, provided you make proper measurements, installation shouldn’t take too long or be too difficult. Some rods are mounted by tension (the RoomDividers is our favorite tension rod) and adjust to fit within the frame.
These provide the easiest installation, but aren’t recommended for heavy curtains. Once installed you hang curtains — usually on rings — to cover your window or shower (Source)
Many buyers say that tension curtain rods, while inexpensive and easy to install, just aren’t suitable for hanging heavy curtains on. It’s also suggested that attention be paid when choosing curtain rod color and style so that it matches something in your room to help tie the room together (Source)
Curtain Rods Compared
|View Wayfair Rods||Curtain Rods||Our Rating||Price ($)||Adjustable||Type|
|The Kenney Twist and Fit Satin Nickel Curtain Rod||3.6||$||24"-48"||Tension|
|The Maytex Twist and Shout Rubbed Bronze Oil Tension Curtain Rod||3.2||$||48"-84"||Tension|
|The Kenney Heavy Duty White Double Curtain Rod||3.9||$||84"-120"||Drill Install|
|The InterDesign Forma Constant Brushed Stainless STeel Window Tension Rod||2.4||$||30"-52"||Tension|
|The RoomDividersNow Silver Tension Curtain Rod||4.2||$$||80"-120"||Tension|
How They Compare
Of the 5 curtain rods we looked at, four are of the tension variety, which are ideal for renters who aren’t allowed to drill into their walls or for those who aren’t very handy.
The exception is the Kenney Heavy Duty Double Curtain Rod. It require some drilling to install and is ideal for windows from 84-120 inches. Buyers say it's relatively easy to install, however some buyers suggest that they’re not sturdy enough for very heavier curtains.
Of the tension rods we looked at the Room Dividers Now Premium Tension Curtain Rod rated high due to the length to which it extends. Buyers said installation was quick, easy and the company offered good after the sale support. The major negative is a constant with tension rods and that is that they’re typically unable to hold very heavy curtains. Better than average customer support.
The Kenney Twist and Fit with Petal, 28-48 inch is perfect for smaller windows but users day it’s not ideal for corner windows. The satin nickel finish is very modern and elegant. No drilling required.
If you’re looking for something more elegant, the Maytex Twist & Shout Smart Window Hardware Rod features an oil rubbed bronze look that’s a bit more classic and upscale. It’s a tension rod so no drilling is required, but some buyers found installation to be difficult due to the end piece not staying tight. Also, not recommended for double windows.
Lastly, we looked at the InterDesign Forma Constant Tension Rod, which is a functional, no frills design that’s perfect for those on a budget.
It comes in brushed stainless steel and is ideal for closets or small windows or in the shower. Some buyers report difficulty in installing this rod due to the end pieces being made of cheaper materials, while others mentioned the overall lack of durability with this product.
Curtain Rod Design Decisions
Since we spent so much time reviewing the best curtain rods on the market, we also thought it made sense to examine some peripheral issues regarding this home furnishing accessory. In particular, we were interested in how to select the best curtain rod color for your interior home decor.
How To Choose
We defer to one of our favorite websites Maria Killam. When selecting a curtain rod, many buyers are concerned with the size and the style as well as the material. She advises that you choose them so they perform an attractive contrast with the room they're installed in.
In fact, she even compares rods to eyeliner- they're designed to provide visual depth without distracting attention to themselves. When it comes to selecting the best size, slim or narrow rods generally look more modern than flat and bulky ones.
Though if they are thinner than 1 inch they can look somewhat cheap. Looking at Pinterest images, it's sometimes quite attractive if you have light-colored furniture in the room to choose a dark-colored rod that adds striking accents. On the other hand, a white rod would cause it to blend seamlessly into the background, a different visual effect that can be just as appealing.
It can also make sense to get a full-length drapery rod that runs across multiple windows if you don't have a lot of space above the windows themselves.
Sometimes if your interior decor already has a lot of contrast between the sofa, the rugs, the chairs, it doesn't make sense to add even more conflict by installing a contrasting color curtain rod. Another consideration is installing a decorative finial on the rods.
This will depend on how much you like this ornamental enhancement. If you're like the editors here, they prefer selecting a timeless style so they are always up-to-date rather than selecting a trendy design that will look out of date in a couple years.
Where To Buy
If you happen to be hunting for the top curtain rod option, you can buy them at retail shops such as Target, Lowes, Home Depot, Ikea, Menards, Ace Hardware, Sears, Walmart, Harbor Freight, Walgreens, and even Costco.
Wood vs Metal Rods
Another important consideration is the material. Many buyers were unaware that wooden curtain rods will actually bend over time and need to be rotated. That's why metal rods are generally a more popular and long-term solution.
Same Rods In Every Room?
Another consideration is whether you should install the same rods in every room. This will come down to whether you can easily see into the next room and whether the interior decor there is the same between the different rooms in the house.
So, if the rooms are separated it's easier to choose a different style and color for your rods than if your home has an open floor layout where different-looking rods would be readily apparent. An example of this is choosing different drapery and rod treatments for the kitchen and bedroom, opting for golden rods in the bedroom and espresso-colored options with brass pendants in the kitchen.
One commentator described installing heavy white linen custom-cut draperies with pinch pleats in her home on Whitewood curtain rods. She concurred that the wooden rods do need to be rotated over time, but she is happy with the color contrast, also saying that as a California ranch home with really tall and soaring ceilings that the white curtain contrast with the wood was the perfect interior decor solution for her and her family.
Cat Claws & Curtains
Another commenter raised an interesting issue- she said that as a cat owner her she couldn't install fashionable drapery in her home because her cats were likely to claw and scratch the curtain to death. Instead, she went with plantation shutters that are painted white complemented with valances.
At the end of the day, if you don't have a great design aesthetic, you may want to consult with an interior designer to help you spruce up the interior of your home with the right color combinations.