Ensure your curtain pole is fit for purpose and is physically strong enough to support the weight of your curtains.
...should be solid (not hollow) if they are of good quality. However, take note; they are surprisingly flexible. Be sure to choose a chunky diameter (at least 50mm) if you are hanging lined and interlined curtains, otherwise you may find the pole itself will bow in the middle under the weight. Alternatively use a centre bracket to give extra support, even over quite short spans.
...are plenty strong enough if the material is good quality. You will just need extra brackets to ensure it remains rigid. Generally the chunkier the pole the greater the span between the brackets can be.
You don’t want your pole to sag after a few months because the brackets are too weak (beware cheap ‘off the shelf’ imported products often made for the continental market where curtains tend to be very light and flimsy).
If your walls are hollow or crumbly make sure you get a good fixing with long screws and preferably an elongated back plate for added support.
Study where and how the brackets will fix before you purchase a pre-packed pole – the type of fixing bracket will be very limited.
For instance you may need what is called a ‘recess’ bracket to fit into the side wall of a recess or a beam, or a ‘top fix’ bracket to fit to the ceiling, or a ‘passing bracket with passing rings’ for wide span windows. A more specialist pole supplier may be required for this.
Generally I would advise consulting a specialist track fitter or curtain maker to help you get the right kit unless your window is very straight forward and you have some knowledge of what can turn into a very complicated process. Visit one of our partners near you, they can offer invaluable advice on all things interior (not just poles!)
Choosing a pole can be fun and part of the design process with an option to introduce one if not several colours in the finials or even in the pole itself to complement or contrast with the fabric in the curtains. Such small details serve to make your pole that bit more special and bespoke.
See our NEW components page to create your own bespoke pole, for those occasions when a pole set won't quite do!
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Add a minimum of 15cm either side, preferably more, but for full curtains or wide windows allow at least 25cm if you have the room, excluding finials (decorative pole ends).