What is the difference between finials, curtain rod end caps, and plugs?

Finials are the decorative ends of curtain rods, or “end caps”. End caps are used to cover the end of the rod and finial plugs are used to fill in the holes left by removed finials.

At Drapery Rods Direct, we offer a wide range of finial plugs and end caps to enhance the appearance and functionality of your drapery rods. These small yet essential accessories serve multiple purposes, such as providing a polished finishing touch, securing the drapery fabric in place, and preventing it from sliding off the rod. In this guide, we'll explore the various types of curtain rod finials, plugs, and end caps available, their features, and how they can elevate the overall aesthetic of your window treatments.

What is a finial used for?

A finial is used to add a decorative touch to the end of a curtain rod. It can also be used as a way to keep the curtains from sliding off the end of the rod. While they serve as eye-catching details, finial plugs also play a crucial role in keeping the drapery securely in place. Covering the rod ends, prevents the fabric from slipping off and ensure that your curtains or drapes remain intact.

Finials are the decorative end pieces that fit into the ends of the drapery rod to give it a finished, ornamental look. These decorative end pieces are available in many styles and finishes to coordinate with the style of your room. Drapery Rods Direct offers screw-in metal and wood finials in every collection to give your drapery hardware beauty and style. 

What is a curtain rod end cap?
A curtain rod end cap is a device that is used to cover the end of a curtain rod. It is usually made of metal or plastic. These caps are typically smooth and flat, providing a clean and contemporary finish to your drapery rods. While they lack the decorative flair of finial plugs, they excel in their ability to seamlessly blend with various interior styles, making them a popular choice for modern and minimalist aesthetics.

Curtain Rod End caps are smaller and simpler than finials, for rooms that call for a more sleek, modern appearance, or in situations where a finial is too large for the space available. Rods need something at the ends since otherwise you’d be confronted with a plastic end plug or the unfinished end of a wood rod. End caps simply finish off the ends of the rods without calling much attention to themselves. End caps for curtain rods, simply finish off the ends of the rods without calling much attention to themselves.

What is a finial plug?

A finial plug is a device that is used to fill in the holes left by removed finials. It is usually made of wood or plastic.

Finial plugs are not decorative in any way. They are plastic ends that fit into hollow metal rods and allow for the end cap to be screwed into place. They are included with the rods or with the finials or end caps, according to the particular hardware collection. For Kirsch Designer Metals fixed-width rods that are being cut down or cut into several sections, you must purchase additional plugs for each open end you will create.

Wood rods come with pre-drilled pilot holes for finials or end caps to screw into. Drapery Rods Direct can request that your wood rods be cut to custom lengths at no charge, and we will re-drill the pilot holes for you.

Installation and compatibility

Both finial plugs and end caps are designed to be easily installed on your drapery rods. Most models feature a simple screw-on mechanism that allows for quick and hassle-free attachment. However, it's important to ensure compatibility between the plugs or caps and your rod's diameter to ensure a snug fit. Our product descriptions provide detailed information about each item's dimensions, allowing you to make an informed decision and select the right accessories for your drapery rods.

Shop Finials, Finial Plugs, and Curtain Rod End Caps Today

Find the perfect accessories for your windows today. By incorporating finial plugs or end caps into your drapery rod setup, you can transform your window treatments from functional to fabulous. These accessories not only provide a polished and refined appearance but also serve a crucial role in securing your drapery. Explore our extensive collection of finial plugs and end caps at Drapery Rods Direct, and discover the perfect finishing touches for your window decor. Browse by collection below to get started.

Wood Finials

wood trends
2" wood trends finials

Wrought Iron and Metal Finials

wrought iron finials
designer metals collection

The Customer Service representatives at Drapery Rods Direct can help you choose and assemble all the items you will need for your particular drapery or curtain installation—just give us a call at (800) 251-5009 Monday through Friday, 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.

Frequently Asked Questions about Finials

What are finials used for?

Finials are used for accenting the end portion of a drapery or curtain rod. They both provide an added design element at the end of the rod as well as a functional end piece that keeps curtain rings or grommets in place.

What are the different shapes of finials?

Finials come in a variety of shapes, offering a range of decorative options. Some of the different common shapes of finials include the classic ball, foliate (a design with outstretched leaves), the fleur de lis, the pineapple, and the candelabra.

Do finials come in different sizes?

Yes, finials come in different sizes to fit different curtain rod diameters.

What is the most common size for finials?

The most common size for finials is 3/4 inch diameter.

Do finials come in different colors?

Yes, finials come in different colors to match different curtain rods.

What is the most common color for finials?

The most common color for finials is black.

Back to blog