The 5 best places to shop for curtain rods in 2021

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  • While there are hundreds of curtain rod options out there, an attractive, high-quality rod can be hard to find.
  • We spoke with an interior designer about what makes a great curtain rod and the best places to purchase them.
  • We’ve selected five retailers that sell durable rods that complement a wide variety of curtains.

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If you’ve splurged on high-quality curtains for your home, the next step to ensuring a clean finish is purchasing a durable and attractive curtain rod. The best ones are made from sturdy materials like metal or wood and can support even the heaviest curtains easily.

We spoke with interior designer Whitney Jones, of Whitney J Decor to get the scoop on the best places to buy curtain rods and tips on what to look for while shopping. While expensive rods don’t necessarily ensure great quality, Jones recommends avoiding super cheap rods as they are often made of low-quality materials and can be easily bent or broken. “My recommendation would be a high quality metal rod, but wood rods are great too,” Jones said. Overall, Jones suggests that shoppers pick a sturdy rod and stick with the same design throughout their home.

With Jones’ advice in mind, we’ve selected five retailers that make great curtain rods. We’ve also included tips on the best installation practices for seamless curtain hanging.

Here are the best places to buy curtain rods in 2021

Bed Bath & Beyond

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Bed Bath & Beyond offers shoppers an impressive range of rod lengths and finishes, at a low price.

Jones says Bed Bath & Beyond’s high-quality options, large color selection, and affordable prices are the reason she continues to pick the retailer’s curtain rods for her designs. “I’ve been using the same curtain rods from Bed Bath and Beyond since 2013,” said Jones. “I never buy any other curtain rod, I just change the colors.” 

As for its selection, those that are looking for longer curtain rods are likely to find several options they like while shopping, as the retailer offers rods as long as 170 inches. Its many finishes don’t disappoint either, with heavy-duty steel, bronze, brass, and other metal rods available. 

If you’re likely to shop with Bed Bath & Beyond multiple times throughout the year, you may want to purchase the retailer’s $29 Beyond+ yearly membership, which gives customers 50% off interior design services, 20% off all purchases, and free shipping on all orders. 

What to buy:

Cappa Adjustable Window Curtain Rod Set (medium)Metro (medium)Home Smart Rods Adjustable Window Curtain Rod (medium)
Lowe’s

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If you prefer a traditional look, Lowe’s offers a wide selection of simple, affordable curtain rods in classic finishes.

Jones also lists Lowe’s as another favorite curtain rod retailer that makes quality rods at inexpensive prices.

The majority of Lowe’s curtain rods are made of durable steel which is great for those looking to hang heavy curtains. The retailer also offers curtain rods in multi-packs of two to four rods, which can come in handy if you’re looking to outfit multiple rooms. 

As for finishes, Lowe’s specializes in classic curtain rod colors with silver, black, brown, gold, and bronze options available as well as curtain rod lengths up to 240 inches.

With curbside and in-store pickup, Lowe’s allows customers to make online purchases and pick them up all in one day.

What to buy:

Matte Black Steel Single Curtain Rod (72-in to 144-in) (medium)Brushed Nickel Steel Single Curtain Rod (48-in to 84-in) (medium)Satin Nickel Steel Single Curtain Rod (28-in to 48-in) (medium)Black Steel Double Curtain Rod (48-in to 84-in) (medium)
Target

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If you’re looking for curtain rods with unique finials and finishes, Target offers a wide selection.

Target offers attractive perks for those making home upgrades, including a generous return policy if you’re someone who needs to see items in your space before you decide if they’re right for you.

For curtain rods, Target offers multiple colors, finishes, and length options. The selection also includes exclusives that are only available at Target, as well as affordable, unique rods. Many of the rods sold on the site offer bold finial designs that’ll add small elements of decor into your space. 

What to buy:

Faceted Pyramid Drapery Cafe Rod (medium)Cagio Curtain Rod (medium)Dauntless Curtain Rod (medium)
West Elm

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West Elm offers high-quality curtain rods for those whose style skews minimalist or mid-century modern.

West Elm’s curtain rod selection includes rods made of unique and sturdy materials such as wood and carbon brass. With mid-century and antique design influences, each rod will bring different vintage elements into your space. 

West Elm is currently experiencing some pandemic related shipping delays, so we recommend checking each individual product’s estimated shipping date prior to making a purchase. 

If you prefer to visualize items in your space prior to purchasing them, West Elm’s free virtual design services and AR room planner allow you to seamlessly integrate future purchases into your space. 

What to buy:

Mid-Century Rod – Wood/Brass (medium)Simple Metal Rod – Antique Bronze (medium)Mid-Century Rod – Carbon/Brass (medium)
The Shade Store

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With its mission to make custom-designed home products more attainable, The Shade Store allows plenty of design options for a curtain rod that feels unique to your aesthetics.

If your windows have hard-to-fit dimensions or you’re looking for a more customized feel, made-to-order curtain rods from The Shade Store can add polish to your space. 

The brand allows customers to pick from 15 rod styles, ranging from solid wood poles to steel tubing dotted with rust for a weathered, antique look. From there, you input your desired length and choose a single rod or a double set. There’s also an option to add finials, including crystal balls and Swarovski-studded cylinders. 

The Shade Store offers design assistance through free consultations and measurement and installation services. You can also find measuring instructions on its site if you’d rather go the DIY route. 

What to buy:

Custom Steel Hardware Curtain Rods (medium)Custom Tribeca Hardware Curtain Rods (medium)
Curtain rod FAQs

What are the best materials for curtain rods?

According to Jones, a quality rod will not bend, even when it’s holding up heavier curtains. Look for durable materials like steel and brass, as well as solid wood. Cheaper metals and plastic should be avoided if you want your curtain rods to last a long time.


Should I buy custom curtain rods? 

Custom curtain rods, while great for adding a unique decorative element to your space, are not typically necessary. Jones usually uses pre-measured rods in her designs, but recommends going the custom route if you have exceptionally large windows that don’t fit most curtain rods sold in stores.


How do I ensure the best curtain rod fit?

It’s important to note that ideal rod placement depends on the position of the window. If you’re dealing with a window that is not in the center of your wall, Jones recommends choosing a rod that is slightly longer than the window. Allowing more space at the left or right sides of the window applies an illusion-like effect that makes them appear more centered. If your window is centered, you should hang the rod with about 6 to 8 inches of space outside of your window trim for the best fit.

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