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What Are Rod Pocket Curtains?

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When you go shopping for new curtains, it can be overwhelming to decide on which curtains will look best in your home. Another factor you’ll have to consider is whether you can install the curtains in your home. Some curtains are easier to hang than others, and some run longer than others. Measurements are super important when you are curtain shopping!

Rod pocket curtains are specially made to fold over on top so the curtain rod can fit behind it and be unseen. This factor makes rod pocket curtains an easy choice if you already have the curtain rod installed in the wall. No extra equipment is needed to install the curtains. These types of curtains also look good with layered window coverings and atop solid colored linens.

Rod pocket curtains are very common, and most likely, the curtains you will come across a lot when shopping. Many of these curtains are also cost-effective when compared to thicker curtain styles.

Rod pocket curtains are also not meant to be opened and closed often since they fit tightly around the rod. The pockets also come in various sizes, so make sure to measure your curtain rod before buying any rod pocket curtains.

Rod Pocket Curtains Fit Over Your Curtain Rod

Rod pocket curtains have pockets that cater to different curtain rod sizes. The pouch is on the curtain’s top backside to keep the curtain rod hidden from view. The ends of the rod will be visible; however, it can still cover most of it.

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The pocket sizes are one, three, and four inches wide. Make sure to know your curtain rod’s diameter before curtain shopping, so you don’t have to return it for another size.

Rod Pocket Curtains Come In Different Fabrics  

Most rod pocket curtains are cotton or other cheaper materials to keep prices down. However, there are ranges in costs for curtains, depending on where you shop. You can also buy more high-end curtains for places that you want more decorative in your home.

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Choosing the same curtain with different materials can also help differentiate each room and provide an extra decorative touch.

Rod Pocket Curtains Are Great, Casual Styled Curtains

Most people who buy rod pocket curtains are looking for a casual style to their space. This factor also makes the curtains popular with many homeowners. They also look great in apartments and other living situations.

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Their versatility makes these curtains very sought after. They come in a variety of styles and colors so that they will fit in with any aesthetic. 

What is the difference between Rod Pocket Curtains and Pleated Curtains?  

So, you know a bit more about rod pocket curtains. Now, you want to see whether you should get rod pocket curtains or pleated curtains. Both have similarities and differences. The curtains you buy will all depend on what suits your lifestyle and home. Their differences will help you decide which will work in your home.

Pleated Curtains Are Thicker

Pleated curtains have heavier materials in their construction compared to rod pocket curtains. These curtains also have the rings at the top of the fabric, so the curtain rod is visible, unlike rod pocket curtains. Pleated curtains are often the only curtain laid over windows, whereas the rod pocket curtains can be layered with other types of curtains. 

Formal versus Casual

Pinched pleated curtains are the most popular kind of pleated curtain, which gives the curtain a more formal look. The heavier fabric also gives pleated curtains a more formal appearance compared to rod pocket curtains. The rod pocket curtains layered with other types of curtains provide a casual look. Pleated curtains hang alone since they offer a formal look, so layering isn’t necessary or needed.

What Other Factors Should You Consider?

If you have decided on rod pocket curtains, then there are other factors you need to consider when buying your curtains. Not every curtain will work out in your home, so you will need to prepare beforehand. The first thing you will need to do is take measurements. You need to know the diameter of your current or future curtain rod, as well as the height from the end of your window or floor to the rod.

Curtain Length Can Make Or Break A Look

You will need to know how long your curtains can be before you buy them. All curtains come in different lengths, so find out how long you want your curtains to be. The last thing you want is to have to take curtains back because they were too short or too long.

Know The Diameter Of Your Curtain Rod

The rod pocket curtains come with pockets that fit around your curtain rod. They can range from one to three inches. You should make sure you have the right diameter size, so you don’t have to return the curtains.

Overall, these facts about rod pocket curtains should help decide whether they will be a good fit for your home!

Photo: Dreaming Casa Royal Blue Velvet Room Darkening Curtains for Living Room Thermal Insulated Rod Pocket Back Tab Window Curtain
Photo: LORDTEX Color Block Sheer Curtains – Linen Look Semi Sheer Drapes 63 inches Length Rod Pocket Voile Window Curtain
Photo: DriftAway Tree Branch Abstract Ink Printing Lined Thermal Insulated Window Curtain Valance Rod Pocket
Photo: Thermal Insulated Solid Heavy Rod Pocket Window Drapes

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