Tracks or Poles, Whats the Difference?
So you’ve decided to take the plunge and get the new pair of curtains you’ve been dreaming about for the last how many months. Great, it’s finally time to give the room a well-needed refresh that it deserves. You’ve taken your measurements, and are confident they’re accurate (if you’re struggling with this step then check out our How To’s blog on curtain measuring like a pro.) so what’s next I hear you say? Choosing the style you want your curtains to have will be affected by your choice of either a pole or track. We know this can be confusing so we’ve broken down the basics to help.
Think of a pole as a statement piece to your window frame. You can have
different colours, finishes and materials such as metal and wood, you can even have ornamental end-stops to really release your inner designer.
Poles are more suited to smaller windows or a short straight run. The longer the pole, the more supporting brackets you’ll need and they can cause problems for the curtains, making it harder to use them for their intended purpose. Then again if you’re all about the pen curtains life then hey, who are we to judge!
Don’t let a bay window stop you if your hearts set on poles, just find a metal pole that is bent to the ideal shape, failing that you can use a combination of smaller poles and angled connector joints to achieve this look.
The ideal pole should be around 1 inch thick, this should be more than enough support for the lightweight curtains however if you decided on thicker material then common sense must kick in, you’ll need a thicker pole.
Now we know a curtain pole is to make a statement, give a wow factor. So, like yin and yang, the track has the opposite effect to a pole. A track blends into the wall and is often hidden behind a pelmet.
Most tracks can be bent to whatever shape ou need being PVC or metal. Remember the smoother the bend, the easier they blend. The last thing you want are curtains that cannot come together as one for a seamless look when closed.
Ensure to check if the track is strong enough to hold the curtains, the last thing you want is to be eating dinner then a curtain wipes you out, spoon in hand.
If you have the luxury of having tall windows, then a track would be best for you. They use a pulling motion to glide open and closed. This can prevent the frustrating battle of tugging at a jammed curtain every, single, day. If you’re taking the plunge and want to be a DIY’er then we suggest you get an expandable track. Play it safe and ensure that you never run out of the track, well to a degree.