tracks and poles
Here are some Frequently Asked Questions about Tracks and Poles:
Do I need a track or a pole?
This depends on the heading style of the curtain you are hanging:
Pencil pleat curtains can be hung from a track or a pole.
Tab top and Eyelet curtains must be hung from a pole.
Pinch and Goblet pleat curtains can be hung from a track or pole but as they hang underneath either, to enable the curtains to concertina back properly, the track or pole will be in full view. Therefore, they can look smarter when hung from a decorative pole.
What kind of pole do I need for eyelet curtains?
If you are buying eyelet curtains then a metal pole will stand up to the wear created by the eyelets better than a wooden pole. It is a good idea to chooose the pole which is nearest in colour to the eyelets.
What should I use to hang net curtains?
Net curtains are traditionally hung from a net wire or net rod. They come with a slot top heading as standard. However, if you choose to order pencil pleat heading for your nets, you will also be able to use the tape loops on the back of the heading tape to insert hooks and then you can hang them from a track or pole.
What should I use to hang voile curtains?
The ready-made voile panels come with a net pleat heading tape stitched to the back; so you can use a net wire or rod as well as a track or pole.
Made to measure voiles with a slot top can be hung from a rod or wire. If you select a pencil pleat heading, you can also hang them from a track or pole.
How far above the window should I fit the pole?
We would recommend fitting your track or pole 10 to 15 centimetres above the window opening.
If you have a short window that you would like to elongate, you can go even higher.
How far either side of the window should I fit my track or pole?
We suggest extending the track or pole 15 to 20 centimetres either side of the window. This will allow the curtains to be pushed back, away form the window without blocking out too much light or covering the view.
If you are ordering heavy or thick, interlined curtains, we would recommend going much further either side.
If your window is very wide, so there is a lot of curtaining to draw back, we would again recommend extending the track further each side.