How To Guides
Everything you need to know from choosing the best products to suit your requirements, to how to measure and how to fit.
Curtain Pole Types
When choosing the best pole (also referred to as a rail or a rod) for your curtains, you need to first bear in mind a) the weight and style of your curtains and b) the shape of your windows. Lightweight curtains can fit onto any diameter curtain pole but are generally better suited to thin poles with a diameter of 19mm or below. 28mm diameter poles are ideal for supporting most medium to heavy weight curtains, and 35mm diameters for heavier fabrics. For very large full-length curtains with heavy fabric and interlining we supply poles with diameters of up to 50mm for metal poles and 55mm for wood.
Complete sets include metal poles, rings, brackets & finials. These popular poles are available in a large selection of colours and finishes, ensuring that there is something to suit all types of homes and interior design schemes.
View the full range of wooden poles. From simple and natural to chunky 55mm poles, a big selection of colours and styles ensures you can incorporate them into many interiors.
Our best-selling bay window poles are usually supplied as a complete kit, with the special corner joints, passing rings, and brackets included. These specialised fittings have been designed to allow the curtains to operate normally in the bay window. Conventional poles cannot be used for bay windows as they cannot fit around the corners of the bay. Please visit our complete range of curtain poles for bay windows.
Poles for eyelet and tab top curtains are available in an assortment of colour finishes, including stylish finials to enhance the window treatment. Eyelet curtain poles are provided without curtain rings as the eyelets or tabs of the curtain heading are threaded through or onto the pole. We recommend that you match the finish of the curtain pole with the colour of the curtain eyelet for a harmonious look. Please browse our comprehensive range of curtain poles for eyelet curtains.
Often windows are overlooked or have an unattractive view such as the neighbours' fence. Also, certain rooms such as bedrooms or bathrooms require privacy during the day. A double curtain rod is the modern solution to net curtains as the main curtains are fitted to a larger outer pole for use at night, and sheer or voile curtains are fitted to a lighter-weight pole and remain closed during the day.
Metal poles will be inherently stronger than wooden ones and are supplied with extra brackets to join the poles and for added support. If you wish to use a wooden rail, make sure it has a strong enough diameter to support your curtains over a wide expanse. Extra long wooden poles are supplied with a screw fitting to join the poles together as well as extra brackets.
Ceiling or top fixing poles can be used when there is little or no space for wall fixing. This may be because the top edge of the window is too close to the ceiling and there is not enough room above the window to face fix the pole to the wall.
Help and Advice
Our guides section offers helpful advice and easy to follow step by step instructions for measuring and fitting as well as supporting videos and detailed explanations. Detailed instructions for fitting can also be found on each product page and in the packaging of each pole set.
In the special offers section you will find all pole kits with extra discounts applied. Here at Poles and Blinds, we are in constant contact with the manufacturers, negotiating special deals and savings which are passed on to you. Deals and promotions only last for a limited time before they are applied to a different collection. In all cases, we list the recommended retail price for all the products and then apply the discounted price after searching the internet to ensure our prices remain competitive.