Best curtain rod

The best curtain rods for every type of window.

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The best curtain rods not only keep your curtains secure, but they should also bring a style that complements your space. We've found great curtain rods for indoor and outdoor use, with included hardware or tension support that can be put up in seconds. 

These curtain rods are adjustable, meaning every window size is covered. We've also included single and double rods, which can keep your blinds in place and heavier curtains drawn during the day. Our top choice is the Kenney Chelsea standard curtain rod (opens in new tab). It has a classic look and comes with all the hardware you need to put it up. For this and more of the best curtain rods, keep reading.  

Single

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Kenney Chelsea standard curtain rod (opens in new tab)

Fits standard windows

A classic look at a reasonable price. 

Pros:

  • Classic and simple
  • Reasonable price
  • Adjustable
  • Comes in a range of colors

Cons:

  • None

This metal curtain rod features round, resin finials on either end to give a decorative finish, as well as help keep curtains on the rod. The rod itself is just over a half-inch thick and can be adjusted between 28 inches and 48 inches long. This is long enough for hanging across most standard windows. The Kenney Chelsea curtain rod (opens in new tab) includes all the hardware needed to hang it, including three brackets for extra strength and sturdiness. 

Double

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Umbra Twilight double curtain rod set (opens in new tab)

Hang curtains and shears together

 This sturdy double rod can handle the heaviest curtains. 

Pros:

  • Double rods are attached
  • Made of sturdy metal
  • Huge range of sizes

Cons:

  • Not the classic look

The double curtain rods of the Umbra Twilight (opens in new tab) are attached together, so you don’t need to fret about lining up two separate rods. The outside rod holds heavier and more colorful curtains while the inside rod is designed to hold sheer panels. The Umbra Twilight is made from metal to avoid bending and it comes in three different sizes that range from 28 inches and 144 inches. Each of the rods loops around on the ends and connects to the brackets.

Extra long

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Amazon Basics 1-inch curtain rod with round finials (opens in new tab)

Perfect for bay windows

Comes with three adjustable brackets. 

Pros:

  • Suitable for the widest windows
  • Three color options
  • Holds up to 22 pounds

Cons:

  • A little basic

This curtain rod from Amazon Basics (opens in new tab) extends up to 144 inches, which is 12 feet and long enough to hang curtains over bay windows and extra-large picture windows. This metal rod will hold up to 22 pounds, so it’s good for curtains made from thicker materials or for hanging tapestries. Each end features a round finial, which is a basic design that matches most room décor. The AmazonBasics curtain rod comes with three adjustable brackets, so you can decide how far away from the wall you’d like your curtains to hang. 

For style

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KAMANINA 1-inch curtain rod (opens in new tab)

This curtain rod has a chic twisted cage finish

Available in 28-inch to 144-inch dimensions. 

Pros:

  • Adjustable brackets
  • Plenty of variety in size
  • Sturdy

Cons:

  • Only two colors

The KAMANINA 1-inch curtain rod (opens in new tab) looks great, with a twisted cage finish in two finishes. It's sturdy too, with a weight capacity of up to 22 pounds. The telescoping structure can extend from 72 to 144-inches, and it's available in a variety of sizes including 28 to 48 inches and 48 to 86 inches. The adjustable brackets allow you to extend your curtain rod forward, creating space for anything behind the curtain or laying it flat against your window. 

Tension

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AIZESI spring tension curtain rod (opens in new tab)

No hardware needed

Install in seconds. 

Pros:

  • Easy to install
  • Extendable
  • No hardware required

Cons:

  • Only for lightweight use

Tension curtain rods hold curtains inside window frames and don’t require any hardware to install. Instead, the rods use a spring mechanism to keep curtains in place. The AIZESI spring tension curtain rod (opens in new tab) comes with two rods that can extend between 28 inches and 48 inches. The rods are made of stainless steel but are coated in white paint for a smooth finish. The ends have non-slip runner covers that help stick to the window frames and prevent scuffing. Though these rods are built well, they aren’t designed to hold heavy curtains. The manufacturer recommends lightweight materials that weigh less than 6 pounds. 

Adjustable

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Ivilion drapery treatment curtain rod (opens in new tab)

Holds thick drapes

An eye-catching look that can hold the heaviest of curtains. 

Pros:

  • Hardware included
  • Looks great
  • Extra thick

Cons:

  • Buy curtain rings separately

The Ivilion drapery treatment curtain rod (opens in new tab) is extra thick to hold thick draperies. You can use this curtain rod on its own, or purchase matching curtain rings that clip to your curtains and make it easier and smoother to open and close the drapes. The hollow rod is made from iron while the square-shaped finials on each end are made from resin. This gives the rod a more traditional look compared to round finials and isn’t as common. The Ivilion curtain rod comes with all the hardware you need to hang it, including brackets, anchors, and screws. 

Decorative

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KAMANINA curtain rod (opens in new tab)

Unique netting design

An elegant look that can support up to 22 pounds. 

Pros:

  • Unique design
  • Can be extended
  • Heavy capacity

Cons:

  • Not to every taste

This single curtain rod features finials with a unique, netted design to give your home a little bit extra without being too bold or overdramatic. The rod is made from metal and comes in three sections. You can use all three or just two, depending on the length you need. This curtain rod extends up to 144 inches total. It will hold heavy curtains up to 22 pounds, while still looking simple and elegant holding just a valance. The KAMANINA curtain rods (opens in new tab) come with drywall anchors and adjustable brackets. 

Heavy-duty

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AmazonBasics room-darkening curtain rod (opens in new tab)

Keep the room dark

Curved ends block out every bit of light. 

Pros:

  • Smart curved design
  • Easy to install
  • Multiple colors

Cons:

  • Not the classic look

The AmazonBasics room-darkening curtain rod (opens in new tab) adjusts between 28-inches and 48-inches long. The entire rod fits together rather than requiring a rod to sit on brackets. This means the rod has curved ends and is perfect for pulling drapes around and closer to the walls to block out more light. This makes the rod a good choice for room darkening curtains. The rod is just over a half-inch thick and will hold curtains up to 20 pounds. It’s available in three finishes, and hardware comes with the rod. 

Outdoor

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Kenney Adler indoor/outdoor curtain rod (opens in new tab)

Good for pergola shades

This rust-resistant curtain rod will look great indoors or out.

Pros:

  • Industrial look
  • Rust-resistant
  • Wrap-around ends

Cons:

  • Lots of drilling required

For sunrooms or pergolas, the Kenney Adler curtain rod (opens in new tab) is a good choice. The wrap-around rod is made from heavy-duty steel and is designed to be mounted to a wall or the ceiling. It comes in either a black or brushed nickel finish and looks like a single, solid piece, though it really is a telescoping rod that adjusts up to 48-inches long. It has a neat, industrial look to it and can be used indoors as well as outdoors. The wrap-around ends make it a good choice for room darkening curtains. 

Hung up on curtain rods? Here are our recommendations 

The Kenney Chelsea single curtain rod (opens in new tab) is the best curtain rod you can buy. It's adjustable and very affordable, meaning any space can be transformed easily. If you want a double rod, you should check out the Umbra Twilight. It also has curved edges that will allow you to pull curtains flush to the wall and block out all light. Another great curtain rod for darkening is the aptly named Amazon Basics room-darkening curtain rod, which has this same curved feature. Suitable for both indoor and outdoor use, the Kenney Adler curtain rod is also curved. 

The AIZESI spring tension curtain rod is the easiest to install in our guide because it uses tension to stay in place. It's not suitable for heavier curtains though. If you want something more heavy-duty, check out the Ivilion curtain rod or the KAMANINA 1-inch curtain rod. Finally, for large bay windows, we suggest the Amazon Basics 1-inch curtain rod. 

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Nikki Johnston
Special Project Writer

Nikki writes for multiple Future Publishing brands covering topics from antivirus to kitchen appliances to SAS. She has over 15 years of research and writing experience, including eight years of testing and reviewing consumer products. Nikki earned bachelor’s degrees in both English and Political Science with a focus on empirical research. In her spare time, Nikki serves as a member of several school councils and volunteers for a local arts board.

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