The cornice is an important interior detail in the design of the window, which is necessary in order to give the room a complete look. The overall visual impression of the room may vary depending on the chosen curtains. By experimenting with different lengths, widths and materials, you can visually increase or decrease the size of the window.
By replacing old curtain rods with new ones, you can radically transform the room. We will talk about what kind of cornices for curtains are, photos will complement this story and help you make the right choice.
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Types, types, installation methods
Types of cornices are divided according to several characteristics. Firstly, this is a different configuration: tubular, profile, string, baguette, mini version. Secondly, this is a different mounting method: wall and ceiling. Thirdly, it is a variety of materials: wood, metal, PVC (plastic).
The variety of types and forms is quite difficult to navigate, but this article will help you understand the topic. You will learn how to choose the perfect model that is both strong, reliable, beautiful, fashionable, modern, and also meets your individual wishes and requirements.
According to the installation method
Wall. The most common option is wall curtain rods, photos in the interior confirm this fact. Such models are mounted directly under the plinth into the wall above the window, as you can guess from the name. Before opting for this type of curtain rod, make sure your walls are strong enough to support the weight of the curtains. Very often drywall walls do not cope with this task. A wall curtain will suit you if the apartment has high, suspended or stretch ceilings, or small windows.
Ceiling. This type has a number of advantages. It significantly expands the possibilities of decorating a room, visually increases the space, and also does not take up much free space, as it is rarely made massive. The design of the ceiling cornice consists of the following parts: a flat plank with holes for hooks, a baguette and two endings. This option can be triple, double or single, depending on the number of rows.
Tubular. Here, a pipe acts as a supporting structure, which can be made of any material. It is necessary to hang the curtain with the help of rings or loops fixed on the pipe. Depending on the material used, the pipe can have a different diameter – from 10 to 40 millimeters. There can be several pipes, usually no more than two. One is used for fastening curtains, and the other for curtains. Curtain rods are often thinner, look more elegant. The design of round cornices for curtains is very simple and reliable, has a concise design, but has a lot of weight and a rather large size.
profile. In this model, the curtains are fastened with hooks or rings located on special guide profiles, which can be arranged in 2-3 rows. This feature allows you to arrange a window in several layers, make it voluminous and textured. The profile is made of plastic or metal, can be bent into any shape. Requires mounting to the ceiling, has a low price and compact size.
String. Recently, less and less is chosen for interior decoration. The supporting element of the structure is a string or cable made of metal, which is tightly stretched. It has fasteners that hold the curtain. The strings can be arranged in several rows. String cornices for curtains look great and original, the photos confirm this. The downside is unnecessarily complicated installation.
Baguette. This model already has a decorative front panel that covers the sides of the structure. The curtain looks as if inserted into a frame made of old wood. This option is suitable for a room decorated in a classic style. Among the disadvantages: heavy weight, not the most convenient installation and high price.
Mini cornice. Mounted either under the baseboard, close to the edges of the window, or directly on the frame. Most often used in the design of the kitchen or bathroom. It has a tubular design, compact size and light weight.
Which is better
To choose the best of all the above models, you must define your own criteria. Each person has a set of individual requests and wishes that cannot always be summed up under one ideal option. However, there are certain requirements in the category in which one or another option is the best.
- Price. The cheapest option is plastic.
- The weight. The string cornice weighs the least.
- Strength. The most durable models are made of metal.
- Design. Leading in design features are wooden and metal options.
- Rows. Most of all, they have profile cornices nearby.
- Flexibility. Best of all, a model with a guide profile bends and takes any shape.
Choose which criteria from the proposed list are most important for you. Arrange them in ascending order, based on this when choosing.
Cornices for curtains: we determine the parameters
Before starting measurements and going to the store, pay attention to the fact that the width we are used to is replaced by the word “length” when it comes to the cornice. The standard size is up to 3 meters in length. Making it longer is not a problem, you can build it up in a furniture workshop. This also allows you to make special docking profiles, with which you can connect several models into one. The optimal distance between the brackets is approximately 1 meter.
The cornice has a certain space where the curtains are fixed. It may be too narrow when using some models, for example, tubular. Keep this in mind when choosing curtain fabric.
What curtains are intended for
You must clearly understand which curtains you want to hang, and build on this in future plans. You need to decide on parameters such as:
- model and decorative elements in the composition;
- splendor and softness of the fabric, that is, the number and volume of folds;
- weight of material and additional decorative elements;
- number of rows;
- the width of the window, that is, the space that should be covered with curtains.
Number of rods (pipes)
Several nearby rods are used for a more voluminous and interesting looking composition. If you want to purchase a cornice with two or three rows, then pay attention to the profile option. It minimizes the space used, looks not bulky and very stylish, suitable for any interior.
Tubular curtain rods: types
The tubular cornice is also called round, since the pipe most often has a circle diameter. This model is suitable if the design takes place with curtains on hinges or with rings already fixed. Then you will not need to try to build in additional fasteners, it is very convenient and fast. The bar can be made of any material, depending on the choice of which it can fit into any interior.
Section: round or square
Round tubular cornices are much easier and cheaper to buy, as this shape is cheaper to manufacture. A square section is rarely found on sale, and in houses it is only among extremely wealthy people. In addition, a huge number of various tips are produced for round models, and much less for square ones.
Forms of sale
Tubular curtain rods are available for sale in two forms:
- A kit that includes pipes, rings, tips and brackets. Most often these are models made of plastic.
- Each item is sold separately. There is a huge selection of tips and rings in shape, color and price. Most often these are models made of metal. This option allows you to be creative, collect the details you like and try to combine them together.
String cornices: installation methods and features of choice
String cornices are not made strong enough to withstand the weight of thick curtains. Here you need something lighter in weight or medium weight, such as a curtain or tulle. Installation is carried out using brackets that can be mounted on any surface. Installation can also be of two different types: open and hidden. This feature depends on the appearance of the bracket. Open ones have a more stylish look, attract attention. Hidden ones are hidden because they are not too pretty, they look simple.
Profile or rail
There are metal or plastic, they are quite interesting in use and aesthetic format. Differ in long service life and reliability of fastenings.
Rail cornices are both wall-mounted and ceiling-mounted. Those who want to make the installation hidden hide the cornice behind a baguette, suspended or stretch ceiling. Those who want to make an open installation trim the model with various decorative elements or leave it as it is.
Corner profile cornices for curtains
For windows that are located in the corner and bay window of the room, ordinary rigid cornices are not suitable. Here you need a smoothly curved line that would emphasize the sophistication and unusualness of the room. For such purposes, flexible profile aluminum or flexible plastic models, as well as prefabricated plastic ones, are used. Please note that the prefabricated plastic profile must be mounted strictly in one plane, otherwise the runners will get stuck on the surface and prevent the fasteners from moving freely. The ceiling should be flat, without sharp drops, since such a cornice is mounted on it.
Photo: curtain rods in the interior