Curtain poles buying guide

Curtain poles are not only functional, but can also enhance the appearance of a room in their own right. Unlike tracks, they allow you to choose from a wide range of curtain headings such as tab top and eyelet for a modern look and pencil pleat if you prefer something more traditional. For help on fitting curtain poles, take a look at our video guides here.

Buying complete pole kits

Our complete kits include everything you need to put up your curtain poles including finials, brackets and 1 ring for every 10cms of pole. Holdbacks and extra rings are also available for some ranges.

Buying individual poles and accessories

We have everything you need to select your own components for an individual look and to get around the problem of oddly shaped or differently sized windows. Follow the guidelines below for help in deciding how best to achieve your own style successfully:

Select a pole: These come in 3 lengths: 120, 150 or 180cm. Choose one that’s long enough to allow your curtains to stack back to the sides of the windows. Poles can be cut to size or joined with a connector if made from metal. Wood poles come with a double end screw to join them. You'll need an extra centre bracket for poles over 180cm in length.

Choose your curtain rings: It's best to have 1 ring for every 10cm of pole.

Choose your brackets: All poles will need 2x side brackets 
and those over 180cm long will also need a centre bracket and connector. For bay windows you will need to use flexible bay corners in conjunction with passing brackets. These brackets give intermediate support and, with the open ended passing rings, allow the curtains to move across them freely. We also 
sell double brackets to hang poles of 19mm and 25mm together.

Choose your finialsand holdbacks: This is where you really have the opportunity to add individual style, with the choice of adding something understated if you want your window treatment to blend into the overall look of a room or dramatic or unusual if you want to make a real feature of your windows. We also stock a range of fabric tiebacks.


Measuring for curtain poles

Measuring for curtain poles
  • Decide where the pole is to be positioned. This can be either on the window frame or above it on the wall.
  • Measure the required width (A), taking into account the space needed for the curtains to be drawn back either side of the window (B).
  • Ensure there is space for your chosen finial at either end of
    the pole (C). Where space is tight, we can supply stud ends 
    or recess brackets.

Attaching the curtains

Measuring curtain poles
  • For pencil pleat curtains, fit the curtain hooks into the “eyes”
    on the bottom part of the curtain rings. The curtain should hang below the eyes, not cover them. If the rings are partly covered, they will push the heading forward, making the curtain stick out rather than lying flush.
  • Place the end ring between the bracket and the finial to keep the end of the curtain in place when the curtains are closed.
  • Tab top and eyelet curtains fit directly onto the pole. Place the end eyelet or tab between the finial and bracket.

Curtain tracks

If you prefer to use a track rather than a pole you may find our curtain tracks buying guide useful.
See our buying guide for curtain tracks