For some, choosing a track or pole is not the most interesting part of window dressing.  However a good curtain pole or track can make a huge difference to the way soft furnishings look as well as their longevity.

Tracks

The choice of tracks on the market is extensive and can initially appear unnecessarily complicated.  Our advice is simple for an effortless glide and a track which will last a long time, choose the best you can afford.

For a professional and complete finish, remember to consider options such as manual operation or corded for your tracks.  And don’t just stick to white!  Silent Gliss offer a great range of colour finishes to match your room or fabric.  Consider your track as a feature of your window dressing.

 Panache Interiors have just fitted curtains to a huge 12 metre window. As you can imagine, the important thing here was to source a suitable track that would take the weight of the fabric and at the same time run effortlessly. We achieved this with a Silent Gliss made to measure track. Templated on site, the fit was perfect

 Panache Interiors have just fitted curtains to a huge 12 metre window. As you can imagine, the important thing here was to source a suitable track that would take the weight of the fabric and at the same time run effortlessly. We achieved this with a Silent Gliss made to measure track. Templated on site, the fit was perfect.

However, when considering tracks we would recommend you avoid the following:

  • Plastic tracks – These are quite unstable particularly with heavier fabrics. Furthermore over time they can become brittle and the hooks break.  This will inevitably make them more expensive in the long run.
  • Extendable Tracks or poles – Be careful pulling curtains on extendable tracks or poles. Too often, the ring or glider can become caught on the ridge between the two parts, leading to the fabric being damaged. A made to measure track or pole will eliminate these issues as well as looking so much better within your window space.

Poles

Where do I start with curtain poles? Wooden, metal, traditional or contemporary, there are now so many beautiful options on the market to enhance any design of window dressing.

My one top tip is to make sure the diameter of the pole is large enough to support the curtains. 19mm poles should only be used for voiles. Full length lined curtains should hang from at least a 35mm pole.  If the pole is too thin it will lead to bowing, the curtains will not hang correctly and the fabric will become creased and damaged.

With bespoke poles you have the option to choose the finials, The Bradley Collection offer stunning finials, but do check their size and proportion, there is nothing worse than finials squashed into small spaces.

One final piece of industry advice is to remember to keep your poles and tracks in good working order.  Ensure you give them a little ongoing maintenance by removing dust with a damp cloth twice a year and help them run smoothly using silicone spray.  (not WD40!)

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