Having beautiful curtains on our windows is a great way of sprucing up our interiors. After finding the right patterns and colors of the drapes to match the ambience of the walls and floors as well the décor, we can cap this by having the drapes supported on decorative traverse rods. By definition, these are fixtures with cords which are used to open or close curtains. These curtain fixtures are beautifully constructed to add more spice to the curtains thus ensuring that they are fully exposed to the eye instead of being hidden beneath the traditional decorative valences.
The main embellishments for these decorative traverse rods come in the form of finials. These are fixtures of abstract shapes and designs which are placed at the end of the rods. Finials are the parts we normally see as the rest of the traverse rods i.e. the rings and pin hooks are on the inside side of the curtain. The rod run can also be beautifully styled in a number of designs to complement the finials and in this case the rods are left exposed for the eye to see. By looking at the websites of different drapes and traverse rods shops you can find a whole selection of finials and rod designs that will capture your imaginations and suit your home.
Other than the designs and shapes of the decorative traverse rods, we also have to consider the materials used to construct the rods. The market has three main options i.e. wood, plastic or the most preferred, metal. The main determining factor in choice of material largely depends on the weight of the drapes. The elegance of the rod may however override this factor since some people may choose metal traverse rods for their sturdiness, cost effectiveness and aesthetics despite having lightweight drapes. We can also consider the colors e.g. the silver or gold especially for the metallic rods and solid colors for the wooden and plastic rods.
Most people normally have their windows with double curtains – blinds on the inside and the thick drapes on outside. Blinds are used to let the sun’s rays in and to block direct inside views when the main drapes are opened. For those who prefer to layer their curtains in this way, the market has the requisite double or triple to provide support. There are typically all sizes of rods to fit small, medium or large windows. You can also find a firm that offers custom or bendable/flexible traverse rods to fit non-conventional window contours such as bow and bay windows.