Selecting window treatments can be a difficult decorating decision, and it can be even more tricky when you are dealing with unusual window arrangements. Whether you’ve moved into a new home and have corner windows for the first time, or are looking to transition from blinds to draperies in your bay windows, it’s normal to be stumped when it comes to selecting curtain rods that will work in angles.
Luckily, there are solutions! Drapery Rods Direct offers corner curtain rods and swivel sockets that will achieve nearly any angle.
How do corner curtain rods work?
Corner curtain rods are regular curtain rods that are connected with a special joint. Special brackets and/or swivel sockets allow you to customize your rods to fit within the tight spaces created by corner windows.
Creating a corner window curtain rod is simple. In the Kirsch Wood Trends, Designer Metals, and Wrought Iron decorative drapery rod collections, a curtain rod connector called a swivel socket will join two rods at any angle between 90 and 180 degrees, creating the look of one continuous rod. This connector can be used for perfect corners, bay windows, or even to go around an outside corner in your room.
Kirsch also offers a Lockseam Corner Curtain Rod in a single or double setup. This consists of two adjustable rods with a goal-post like bracket that is screwed directly into the angle of the wall and allows the rods to swivel to any angle. It is designed for lightweight curtains or valances.
How do you install curtains in a bay window?
Swivel sockets can be used to create a perfectly shaped bay window curtain rod. Depending on the segments of your bay, you will need three or more curtain rods and two or more swivel sockets. Make sure you purchase your swivel sockets from the same collection as the curtain rods to ensure a perfect fit. Each rod will make up one section of the bay window, so they will probably need to be custom-cut on-site to fit perfectly.
Don’t forget that your curtain rods will need brackets and finials. You will need a bracket on each side of every swivel socket, and at each outside end (e.g. six brackets for a 3-section bay). If an individual rod is very long, it is wise to also include a center support on that segment. Finials make the perfect finishing touch, and because the rods will be connected, you will only need one pair. You may also need rings for your draperies. Note that the draperies cannot move past the corners or angles, so select your panels with that limitation in mind.
No room on your wall for brackets? Wood Trends and Designer Metals collections offer ceiling-mount brackets, which can also be used with swivel sockets for a bay or corner window setup.
Want a more simple option for bay windows? The Kirsch Lockseam bay rod can support lightweight curtains and valances. This product has everything you need in one box to hang curtains over a bay window. Each section of the Lockseam is adjustable to accommodate bay windows of many sizes. Lockseam rods are designed to be covered with fabric at all times, and are not decorative, but are a quick, economical, and simple way to add a stationary treatment such as a valance, sheers, or tied-back curtains to finish your bay window.
Kirsch Continental II curtain rods can also be used for corner or bay windows. Simply select your rods in the sizes you need, and purchase a Flexible Corner Connector for each angle. You may also need some extra center supports to place next to the corner connectors. There is also a Continental II Bay Curtain Rod that contains everything you need in one package.
How to Install Corner Curtain Rods
Installing corner curtain rods is a very similar process to that of installing two regular curtain rods, except for the addition of the curtain rod connector. No special curtain rod brackets are necessary for corner curtain rods. All you need is the regular wall or ceiling bracket that corresponds with the curtain rod of your choice.
While the process is nearly identical to hanging regular curtain rods, the positioning of the brackets for corner curtain rods is a little different. You will need to take into consideration the depth of the brackets when placing them on each side of each angle, ensuring that they do not hit each other, but close enough so that they support the rods on each side of the swivel sockets.
Corner Curtain Rod Connectors
Installation of the swivel socket joint is easier than you think. When the correct size is purchased for your curtain rods, the swivel socket can be securely attached. It will either fit snugly into each side of the curtain rod or screw in to the pilot hole on wood rods.
Have more questions about corner curtain rods?
Need more assistance with corner curtain rods? Our friendly, experienced Customer Service representatives are available to help you navigate the process from the order to installation. Give us a call at 800-251-5009, for professional curtain rod advice in real time. More answers can be found in the help center where we feature instructional videos and frequently asked questions.