Curtain Guide | Choosing Curtain Tracks & Poles

What are the differences between tracks and poles?

Curtain tracks and poles essentially do the same job of allowing you to open and close your curtains, however, it's worth noting that some headings are not compatible with curtain tracks:

  • Pencil Pleat - Track or Pole
  • Tab Top - Pole Only
  • Eyelet - Pole Only
  • Double Pinch Pleat - Track or Pole
  • Triple Pinch Pleat - Track or Pole
  • Wave Pleat - Silent Gliss Only

Why would I choose a curtain track?

Curtain tracks are a great choice if you want a clutter-free minimalist look as they tend to be a lot less visible when compared to curtain poles. The track is mounted close to the wall and typically manufactured from white metal or plastic, curtain header hooks are inserted into each glider which can easily move along the track.

Plastic tracks are a convenient option if you have a bay window as they can be bent by hand to suit the window curve, we also recommend using additional mounting brackets to ensure a close fit to the wall.

Why would I choose a curtain pole?

Curtain poles can help provide a real impact, adding style and sophistication to your curtains. They are available in a wide range of materials and designs including wood, chrome, brass, brushed steel, and nickel, making them an ideal choice for both traditional and modern decors.

Wood is a soft and warm material which is perfect if you're looking for a cosy atmosphere. Metal, on the other hand, is very well suited to a crisper, more contemporary feel. You can also use curtain poles with the majority of heading styles, and fabric types which broaden your decorating options considerably.