Updated August 28, 2020 by Allean Phelps

The 10 Best Curtain Rods

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This wiki has been updated 3 times since it was first published in July of 2020. Curtain rods serve double duty. They help support your window treatments and can add some style to your decor. Subtle details like the thickness of the rod, center supports, and brackets have a huge impact on how your drapes hang, open and close. This list offers a range of options, including single and double poles that will add character and functionality to your living space. When users buy our independently chosen editorial recommendations, we may earn commissions to help fund the Wiki. If you'd like to contribute your own research to the Wiki, please get started by reviewing this introductory video.

1. Umbra Twilight Double

2. RoomDividersNow Tension

3. Decopolitan Bay Window Set

Editor's Notes

August 26, 2020:

Before buying a curtain rod, you should measure the space to ensure a proper fit. Typically, it should extend about three to six inches beyond the window frame. Next, consider the weight of your window treatments. Rods can range in thickness from 5/8 like the Bali Blinds Set to an inch in diameter like the Kamanina Single rod.

Naturally thicker poles can support heavier drapes. But you may still need a center support if the drapes are going to hang from a long pole. The longer you extend the pole, the more likely it will sag if it doesn't have a center bracket in place. Options like the Rod Desyne Traverse is specifically designed for hanging heavy pinch-pleated drapes. For pocket and grommet styles, like the options listed under the best window curtains, the Kamanina Single and the Umbra Twilight Double both can hold up to 22 pounds.

You also want to keep in mind where you are going to be hanging your curtains. The AmazonBasics Decorative, for example, may look great in a child's room, but it is not suited for heavy blackout curtains. Instead, stick with a heavy-duty selection like the Umbra Twilight Double. For layered looks that include a valance and a pair of sheer curtains, options such as the Kenney Triple feature rods that sit far enough apart from each other to create distinctive looks.

Rods with decorative finials are primarily used in the living rooms and bedrooms to elevate the decor. Generally, choices like the Ivilon Drapery Treatment come in a variety of finishes, so you should have no problem coordinating colors and themes.

Special Honors

Crate and Barrel Faceted Finial The Crate and Barrel Faceted Finial is made of iron and zinc alloy with a brass, matte black, or brushed or satin nickel finish. It is suitable for any room in the home and is available in four sizes from 24 to 170 inches. crateandbarrel.com

4. Kamanina Single

5. Ivilon Drapery Treatment

6. Bali Blinds Set

7. Rod Desyne Traverse

8. Versailles Home Fashions Swing Arm Set

9. AmazonBasics Decorative

10. Kenney Triple


Allean Phelps
Last updated on August 28, 2020 by Allean Phelps

Allean Phelps is a B2B and B2C copywriter with a bachelor’s degree in media communications. Her career has included stints as a journalist, PR guru, marketing specialist, and ghostwriter. When she’s not writing copy, you’ll find her working on DIY projects or looking for images in the clouds with her grandson.


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