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Curtain Poles vs. Tracks

It’s all very well having beautiful curtains to add colour, texture, and warmth to your home – but without the right fixing to hang them on, the overall effect can soon be dulled.

Curtain poles and tracks are the fittings used to hang and display the curtains above your windows. In this blog, we’re going to take you through the benefits of both – and how to work out which is best for your home.

What is a curtain pole and what are the benefits of pole fittings?

Curtain poles consist of two main components – the pole itself, and the finials which are the decorative pieces that sit on the ends, as well as the relevant brackets and rings.

curtain poles are often considered to be the most aesthetically pleasing option. What’s more, they are incredibly versatile and lend themselves to different headings including eyelet and pleated curtains as well as statement goblet headings and more. There are many decorative finials available as well as metal and wooden finishes. Finally, curtain poles are durable and are, in many ways, far stronger than curtain tracks.

For homeowners, we tend to recommend curtain poles for living rooms and communal spaces, where curtains don’t need to be opened and closed as regularly, and where making a pole a feature would be more appreciated.

What is a curtain track and why are track fittings so popular?

A curtain track is a rail onto which the curtain is fixed via a series of small wheels or gliding components.

Curtain tracks are generally recognised as being the most functional style of curtain heading, as they facilitate and allow incredible ease of motion as the curtains sweep open and closed. For rooms where your curtains are regularly opened and closed, such as a bedroom, curtain tracks are incredibly convenient – not to mention they help to retain a uniform texture along the top of the curtains.

Having said that, there are a couple of downsides: tracks are not as durable as curtain poles owing to the fact that they are occasionally made from plastic. However, the majority of tracks we sell are metal and of very high quality. Finally, tracks don’t look as clean or elegant as a curtain pole when the curtains are open, and the fitting is exposed – making tracks more functional than they are decorative.

Finding the right curtains, poles or tracks for your home

Now that we’ve covered the ins and outs of both curtain poles and tracks, and shared the main benefits and considerations linked with both, it’s time to decide which works best for your home.

While tracks are often a convenient and easy go-to, especially in modern homes and Essex new builds, curtain poles offer a more decorative and traditional finish.

Ultimately, the right curtain fitting for you will depend on the room that you are dressing, the style of curtains that you have, and how you want them to be presented and used. Here at Feran, our team offer advice and guidance based on your needs, creating bespoke curtain solutions for all homes.

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