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Top Of The Best Window Rods Reviewed In 2018Last Updated March 1, 2018
№1 – Kenney Beckett Window Curtain Rod
№2 – Decopolitan 1-Inch Urn Single Window Treatment Rod Set, 18 to 36-Inch, Bronze
№3 – H.Versailtex Window Treatment Single Rod Set with Classic Caps, Adjustable length from 28 to 48-Inch,3/4 Inch Diameter, Black (Antique Bronze Finish)
Select a pole
These come in lengths: 120, 150 or 180cm. If these lengths don’t work for you, we have a made to measure service too.
Choose one that’s long enough to allow your curtains to stack back to the sides of the windows. Poles can be cut to size, or joined with a connector if made from metal. Wood poles come with a double end screw to join them. You’ll need an extra centre bracket for poles over 180cm in length.
Choose your curtain rings It’s best to allow one ring for every 10cm of pole.
Choose your brackets
All poles will need 2x side brackets, and those over 180cm long will also need a centre bracket and connector.
For bay windows you’ll need to use flexible bay corners in conjunction with passing brackets. These brackets give intermediate support and, with the open ended passing rings, allow the curtains to move across them freely.
Should adjoining rooms have the same rods? It depends. If you can see all the windows at the same time, then yes. You might even need the same drapery between rooms if your home is very open concept. The more obvious separation there is between rooms, though, the less you need to be concerned with coordinating rods between them.
Curtain length is typically measured from the top of the rod pocket to the bottom edge of the curtain. If the curtain has a header (the part above the rod pocket), this is typically not included in the length of the curtain. If the header is included in the length of the curtain, it will be specified in the description of the curtain.
Tab curtain lengths include the tabs unless specified.
The length of the fringe or edging sewn to a curtain or a dust ruffle should be added to the curtain length or dust ruffle drop length. The fringe length is specified in the description of the curtain.
If you plan to use clip rings, remember the top of the curtain will start at the clip so you will need to take the length of the ring into account when determining what curtain length to purchase.
Overall curtain length is a matter of personal preference and need not be exact. If you have not yet installed your rod, you can adjust the placement of your rod, a little higher or lower, to get the bottom of the curtain to fall where you want at your window.
Using a metal tape measure or a wooden yardstick, measure the width of the window area you would like to cover, typically from bracket to bracket.
For proper fullness, order curtain pair widths that are approximately one and a half times to double the width of the window area you would like to cover.
For wider windows, order wider width pairs, available in many styles, or order an extra pair of regular width curtains.
How to Select & Install a Rod Pocket Panel or Tailored Panel Curtains:
Rod Pocket Panels/Tailored Panels usually comes in sized pockets, a standard pocket which usually varies between 1/4″ & 3/4″, this type of pocket usually works with curtain rods less then 3/4″ in diameter. The second type of pocket is called the wide pocket, this pocket is 3″W & usually works with a 1/2″ wide pocket curtain rod or a decorative rod up to 1/4″ in diameter. For added decor many customers are now installing them with decorative curtain rods & clip rings.
Fullness is subjective, so here is a guide, use approximately times your window width in fabric. For thinner fabrics use more fullness as much 1/times your window width, for thicker fabrics use less fullness. If you want more privacy use more fullness, if you want more light use less fullness. If you want to just soften your window, you can use one panel one each side with a tie back or a hold back. Selecting this type of panel usually means that you are not going to draw them open & closed a lot, they are usually used more for decor.
The standard width of a panel usually coincides with the width of the bolt of fabric the manufacturer started with. So if you want to same money & buy a standard sized panel, it is not unusual to have to use multiple panels to achieve your desired fullness. So you usually need panels for a single window & panels for a double window, etc. Some customers think they need a special width to fit their windows, this is simply not true. You can achieve your desired width with any sized panel we offer.
In the complete set the Swag Topper & Tier Pairs usually come with a standard pocket that usually varies between 1/4″ & 3/4″, this type of pocket usually works with curtain rods less then 3/4″ in diameter.
Most customers use a standard curtain rod for the swag pair & valance & a sash or cafe rod for the tier pairs.
When determining what length tier you need, consider the total length of your window. For example, say your window length is 60″L, the insert valance will be mounted about inch over the window, so if you deduct 1/2″ for your pocket & 1/2″ for your header (These are approximations). There will be a 9″ drop, so if you choose a 36″ long tier pair, you will have approximately 15″ of open space on your window.
There is no right or wrong way, the question is, how do I get an inexpensive prepacked kitchen curtains to look great on my window, without spending hundreds of dollar on custom treatments.
News and Rumors
Chromebooks are optimized for Google’s apps, such as Gmail, Google Calendar and Google Drive. This deep integration can be either positive or negative, depending on how you use a PC. Chromebooks will be easy to set up if you already use those apps.
Chromebooks are designed to rely heavily on the Internet, which means that many apps simply won’t work if you’re out of Wi-Fi range. There are more than 200 offline Chrome apps that can work without Internet connectivity, including Gmail, Pocket and Google Drive, and tons of the Android apps coming soon will also work offline.
You’ll still be able to play games on the Chromebook, but your options are sparse. The Chrome Web Store offers casual titles such as Bejeweled and Cut the Rope, but you won’t have the same selection as you would on a Windows machine or a Mac. Of course, Chromebooks with Android support get more modern titles such as Fallout Shelter, Star Wars: Galaxy of Heroes and Minecraft.
Chromebooks generally have limited graphics processing power, so you’ll want to stick to less demanding titles.
Google redesigned the on-screen keyboard for touch-screen use, making it easier to use on 2-in-1s like the Asus Chromebook Flip. With a minimalist design, the on-screen keyboard recognizes your scribbles and gives you choices of text to input. When we tested that feature, it was almost always accurate in recognizing our writing. Also, soon, Android smartphone users will be able to get text and call-pop-up notifications on their desktop.
Chromebooks typically offer exceptional battery life, but not as much as they used to. Of the Chromebooks we’ve reviewed in the past year, we’ve seen an average of hours and 1minutes of endurance on the Laptop Mag Battery Test, which involves continuous Web surfing over Wi-Fi.
On the top end, you’ll notice standouts like the Acer Chromebook R 13’s runtime of 11:00, though the average is down from the 9:5time we previously found. Google’s own Pixelbook, disappointingly, offers a relatively short hours and 4minutes of juice.
We recommend shooting for at least hours of juice, which half of the Chromebooks we’ve reviewed offer. While some affordable Windows notebooks, like the Lenovo Miix 3(12:24) and the Dell Inspiron 13000 (13:39), offer amazing battery life, the ultraportable notebook average is a shorter hours and 2minutes.
Since Chrome OS is so lightweight, Chromebooks often don’t need much storage. Most pack just 16GB of onboard storage, and that’s likely all you’ll need at this stage. Once Android support lands on the platform, users will find ways to make use of the SD card reader in notebooks such as the Acer Chromebook 14, where you can expand the storage up to 64GB.
Spring for a 32GB model now if you’re buying with Android apps in mind. Similarly-priced Windows laptops often include 32GB by default, but that operating system takes up so much space that you’re left with a similar amount of free storage as a 16GB Chromebook.
Google gives you 100GB of free Google Drive storage with every Chromebook purchase, though that only lasts for two years, after which you’ll only have the standard 15GB of free space.
Acer Chromebook R 1can bend into a tablet, making use of its IPS touch-screen display.
The Asus Chromebook Flip C302CA is our overall favorite Chromebook. Image: Jeremy Lips/LaptopMag.
The Pixelbook offers one of the best displays we’ve seen in a Chromebook, with a QHD 2400×1600-pixel resolution and 42nits of brightness.
Shower Curtain Liners
The first part of a shower curtain is the curtain liner. Since the bottom of the liner is placed within the tub, it gets the most water exposure, and therefore, has the largest problem with mold and mildew buildup. Because it needs to be made from a water-resistant material, it is common to find PVC vinyl liners. Vinyl helps to repel water and keep mildew at bay, and it can even be washed on low settings once it gets dirty. However, many environmentally-conscious homeowners dislike using PVC products because of all the chemicals involved. PVC does not disintegrate in landfills, and since the liner will be thrown away at some point, many people feel this is an irresponsible product. Another possible option is a Eva Peva or a polypropylene liner. While it is still made from plastic, it is more environmentally-friendly than vinyl. Fabric liners are another option, though they are less water resistant and more susceptible to mildew than either vinyl or polypropylene.
Colors and Treatments
Curtain liners are often sold in clear colors. Since they are placed behind the shower curtain itself, there is no reason for them to be colored for privacy. However, we do carry basic colored liners for those who like a colorful bathroom. Liners can also be treated to resist mold and mildew. Treated liners are usually marketed as either heavy duty hotel/hospital liners, or mildew resistant liners.
Weights and Magnets
Some shower curtain liners tend to billow when hot steam from the shower builds up in the bathroom. This can cause the liner to shift position or even crowd the bather. To prevent this, some shower liners come with weights or magnets sewn into the bottom. This keeps the shower curtain liner hanging straight, and it allows the liner to be spread the full length of the shower.
The second part of the shower curtain system is the curtain itself. It sits outside of the tub and should not be directly exposed to water. This allows the shower curtain to be made from a greater variety of fabrics than a liner. While plastic vinyl shower curtains are the least expensive, buyers can also select from high end designers like Kassatex or Heritage Lace who offer cotton or lace shower curtains. When choosing fabric to use for a shower curtain, keep in mind how easy it is to clean. Plastic, polyester, and cotton can all be machine washed, though plastic needs to be washed in cold water and dried on delicate settings. Be sure to check the manufacturer instructions before selecting a shower curtain.
Shower Curtain Details
The best way to determine if a shower curtain is a superior product that will last for years is to examine the details. The weaving around the grommets, the line of holes at the top of the curtain for the shower rings, should be incredibly tight. The edges of a fabric curtain should be hemmed well with no visible fraying. Also, keep the size of the shower area in mind. Most shower and bath combination fixtures are between to feet wide, and the shower curtain is typically hung feet above the floor. This means that most homeowners should be fine buying a shower curtain that is 70 inches long by 7inches wide, the most common size. However, if the homeowner has a particularly long bathtub or uses a curved shower rod, or even a stall shower, then specialty size is needed.
Colors and Patterns
Shower curtains come in all kinds of colors and patterns. Plastic curtains are vibrantly colored, or they have pictures or designs imprinted onto the plastic. The easy maintenance and bright colors make plastic curtains a great choice for a child’s bathroom. Those who want a more formal bathroom often choose fabric curtains. While these curtains can come in many different colors, they also include woven patterns. Some of the fanciest shower curtains even have lace edging around the trim. Choose a color or pattern that matches the décor of the bathroom.
Shower Rings & Hooks
The shower curtain rings have an important job to do since they hold both the liner and thecurtain in place. Each of the rings attaches to the grommets on the curtain and liner and is then looped around the shower rod. This allows the rings to slide back and forth on the shower rod so that users can easily open and close the curtain. Shower rings are made from either metal or plastic, and a good rule of thumb is to select rings that match the shower rod. A metal rod should have metal shower rings, while a plastic rod should use plastic shower rings. Many rings also include designs on their edges that are meant to add to the bathroom’s décor. For example, a tropically themed bathroom can have a shower curtain with patterns of palm trees on its front highlighted by shower rings that look like palm trees. A seashell bathroom can have seashell shower rings. The combinations are endless, allowing for homeowners to decorate their bathroom exactly how they want.
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Choose Your Curtains
Generally, you have three types of curtains to choose from:
Valances only cover the uppermost part of the window, and they can be hung alone or paired with window blinds or full-length curtains. They also help to conceal drapery hardware and don’t require any hemming.
Grommet or tab top curtains have openings in the top section of the curtain fabric that you’ll use to hang the curtains. Café curtains are hung on a rod across the middle of the glass instead of the top, which is great if you want privacy but also a little sunlight.
Both grommet and café curtains require hemming the bottom four to six inches so that the hem sits below the bottom of the sill when seen from outside. For curtains hanging to the floor, allow a half inch of clearance for more movement and easier cleaning. If you prefer a more luxurious look, an extra foot of fabric will allow your curtain to hang to the floor, but does require more maintenance. For a little extra weight, fold the fabric twice when creating the hem.
First of all thanks for reading my article to the end! I hope you find my reviews listed here useful and that it allows you to make a proper comparison of what is best to fit your needs and budget. Don’t be afraid to try more than one product if your first pick doesn’t do the trick.
Most important, have fun and choose your Window Rods wisely! Good luck!
So, TOP3 of Window Rods
- №1 — Kenney Beckett Window Curtain Rod
- №2 — Decopolitan 1-Inch Urn Single Window Treatment Rod Set, 18 to 36-Inch, Bronze
- №3 — H.Versailtex Window Treatment Single Rod Set with Classic Caps, Adjustable length from 28 to 48-Inch,3/4 Inch Diameter, Black (Antique Bronze Finish)