Curtain hardware refers to the various components used to hang curtains or drapes.
The following are the most common types of curtain hardware:
1. Curtain Rods:
These are the most common type of curtain hardware and are used to hang curtain panels. Curtain rods are typically made from metal or wood and come in a variety of lengths and styles, including single rods, double rods, and rebated rods.
A rebated rod is a type of curtain rod that has a groove or channel along the top of the rod. Runners fit securely into the groove or channel of the rod. These runners are then attached to the top of the curtains or drapes and slide smoothly along the length of the rod. A rebated rod adds a decorative element to a room, with various styles and finishes available to match the overall design aesthetic of the space.
2. Curtain Rails:
Curtain rails, also known as track systems, are used to hang curtains that slide open and closed. They are typically made from metal and come in a variety of lengths and styles.
There are several types of curtain tracks, including:
- Straight Tracks: These tracks are designed for straight windows and are the most common type of curtain track.
- Corded Tracks: These tracks use a cord to operate the curtains, which allows for smooth and easy opening and closing.
- Ceiling-Mounted Tracks: These tracks are installed on the ceiling and provide a clean and minimalistic look.
- Wall-Mounted Tracks: These tracks are installed on the wall and are ideal for heavier curtains or where ceiling installation is not possible.
- Double Tracks: These tracks allow for two sets of curtains to be hung on the same track, which is useful for layering curtains for both aesthetic and functional purposes.
- Flexible Tracks: These tracks are made from flexible materials and can be bent to fit a curved or angled window.
The default curtain rails we use for our clients is a Chase track system. We consider it the best quality tracks, as opposed to roller tracks, glider tracks or c-tracks.
Chase tracks typically have a small opening or slot where the curtains or drapes can be hung using special carriers or gliders. These carriers or gliders can be attached to the curtains or drapes using hooks or clips, and can be easily moved along the length of the track to open or close the curtains.
A Chase track system can offer several benefits, including:
- Aesthetics: Chase tracks can be an attractive option for homeowners and designers who want a clean, modern look that doesn’t draw attention away from other design elements in a room.
- Reduced noise: Chase tracks can help to minimize the noise associated with the movement of curtains or drapes, which can be particularly important in rooms where sound quality is important.
- Greater flexibility: With a chase track system, it’s possible to create customized curtain arrangements that would be difficult or impossible to achieve with a traditional rail system. Chase tracks can be bent to fit the contours of your window.
- Ease of use: Easy to open and close curtains on a chase track. Gives you a smooth and luxurious opening and closing experience.
Overall, a chase track can be a great option for anyone looking for a discreet, flexible, and functional curtain rail system. However, it’s worth noting that installation can be more complex and may require professional assistance.
Finials are decorative pieces that attach to the end of curtain rods. They come in a variety of styles and shapes, including ball, square, and ornate designs.
Brackets are used to attach curtain rods or rails to the wall or ceiling. They come in a variety of sizes and styles, including single brackets, double brackets, and adjustable brackets.
5. Rings & Runners :
Curtain rings & runners are used to hang curtain panels from rods or rails. They come in a variety of sizes and styles, including plastic, metal, and decorative designs.
Tie-backs are decorative hooks or clips that hold curtain panels open. They come in a variety of styles and materials, including metal, wood, and fabric.
Tassels are decorative pieces that attach to the end of curtain ties or pulls. They come in a variety of sizes and styles, including beaded, fringe, and ornate designs.
Overall, the variety of different curtain hardware available allows for customization of the look and function of your curtains or drapes.