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 a wider choice of curtain headings such as tab top and eyelet for a contemporary look, or pencil pleat if you prefer something more traditional. For help on fitting curtain poles, take a look at our video guides here.

Prefer to use curtain tracks? Take a look at our tracks buying guide,  and find out more about Silent Gliss custom-made tracks 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.

If our standard pole kits don't quite work for your window size, you can also order a made to measure pole complete with accessories. Just send us your measurements, and your pole will be ready within 7 days.

The only items you'd need to buy separately would be recess brackets, and these can be ordered through your local John Lewis.

Buying individual poles and accessories

Follow these guidelines for help in selecting your components for an individual look, or to get around the problem of oddly-shaped or differently-sized windows:

Select a pole

These come in 3 lengths: 120, 150 or 180cm. If these lengths don't work for you, we have a made to measure service too.

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 allow one 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'll 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.

Choose your finials and 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 your windows a real feature.

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 in place of finials, or recess brackets
  • Watch videos on how to measure up for poles

Attaching curtains to poles

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 sitting 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