Choosing curtain poles can be a more tricky decision making process than you may think. When choosing curtains, curtain poles almost become insignificant as you browse your favourite colours and look for that perfect design. While you look into different materials and sizes it is easy to forget what these curtains are actually going to hang on and how that can affect the entire look and function of the curtains that you eventually settle on.
There are various different types of curtain poles but one of the most common are the curtain poles with rings, also known as eyelet curtain poles. These are a great replacement for other curtain systems such as glider-operated systems and they can help to change the look and feel of a room in a much more dramatic way that you may think.
Where glider systems tend to hide the actual area where the curtains are linked with the pole, therefore providing a more flush effect, curtain poles with rings allow the curtain to publically hang down from the curtain pole and can be part of the whole look and feel of not just the curtain system, but the room in general.
These curtain poles with rings allow for a choice of rings that vary in shape, size and even finish that can match your colour scheme and room. These poles can then be topped on each end with a finial of your choice. These finials allow you to effectively "round off the edges" at the end of the poles and complete a particular theme or look.
There are many types of finials that top off curtain poles with rings, all of which have their own specific look. Examples are trumpet finials (thin and opening out towards the end, like a trumpet), ball finials (spherical ball shapes), stud finials (flat endings with a variety of different designs), bullet finials (long sleek bullet shapes) and various different colours and finishes such as spun brass or stainless steel, that are designed to match the rest of the curtain pole.
There are a variety of different thicknesses of curtain poles and your choice will often come down to a mixture of your own personal preference as well as the fittings and weight of curtain that you are looking at fitting. Thicknesses tend to vary from around 19mm right up to 50mm or more and again, the type of thickness you have will affect the look and general feel of the whole set up in general.
When fitted correctly, curtain poles with rings are one of the easiest ways to open and close curtains without worrying about snagging and they are also incredibly durable, meaning that they are not easily broken or snapped like some glider systems.