What You Should Know About Traverse Curtain Rods Before Making A Purchase (2022)

When decorating your home, it's the smallest details that make the biggest impact. One of the easiest ways to bring sophistication to any room is through your curtain rods. While there are many different types of curtain and drapery rods for you to choose from, in this article we will be focusing on traverse rods.

Let’s dive in and explore the intricate workings of traverse rods and how they can enhance your living space. Are you ready to take your window treatment to the next level?

What is a Traverse Curtain Rod?

A traverse curtain rod is a more elegant option for opening and closing your curtains and/or drapery. While traditional curtains require a more aggressive approach in order for proper use, traverse rods make the experience of opening and closing curtains seamlessly delightful. What sets traverse rods apart from regular single curtain rods is the mechanism inside the rod that allows for minimal effort when opening up your home or establishing your privacy.

Traverse rods are not only easier to use- but they also make for a stunning visual upgrade to any existing window treatments that you already have in place.

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How do Traverse Curtain Rods Work?

These mechanical rods operate by using small clips that move along a track that is embedded in the rod itself. This allows the curtain or drape to move smoothly along the rod and prevents any snagging that may happen with traditional curtain rods. The reason that the material can glide so smoothly is because the pins are attached to a pulley system that allows the clips to move along the rod uninhibited.

To affix the curtain to the traverse rod, you will need to connect the clips to the curtain pins. Typically, these pins are already attached to the curtain, but if they are not, you can purchase separate pins and then use them to attach the curtain to the traverse rod.

When & How to use Traverse Rods

If you want your curtains and drapery to be functional rather than just for decoration, traverse rods are a great option because they prevent the wear and tear that would normally occur when manually drawing your curtains open and closed. Because traverse rods are corded, they allow for seamless movement time and time again without the risk of damaging the material of your beautiful drapery.

How to Install a Traversing Curtain Rod

When implementing a traverse rod into your current living space, the first step is to measure the window that you plan to install the traverse rod above in order to decide where to place the brackets. Ideally, brackets should be installed about two inches away from the trim and about four inches above the window itself.


Once the installation location of the brackets is determined, the aforementioned items can be put into position. Ideally, the brackets should be installed into the wall studs in order to provide maximum support. However, if this is not possible, then wall anchors should be used instead to secure the brackets to the drywall. It is recommended that you secure additional brackets along the top of the window every 40 inches, in order to provide additional support for the traverse rod.

The next step is to situate the traverse rod by pushing it into the brackets until it clicks into place. After the rod is pushed into position, secure it by turning each cam bolt with a screwdriver.

The last step is to attach the tension pulley to the wall directly under the opening for the cord with the hardware that is included with the traverse rod packaging. Make sure that you test the cord to check that the curtains can open and close seamlessly and with little effort. Finally, select the desired length of the cord and tie it off to that preferred span.

Are you having trouble with your traverse rod installation? Drapery Rods Direct (DRD) has in-depth traverse rod diagrams that can help illustrate the implementation process.

How to Choose a Traverse Curtain Rod

Traverse rods can be more smooth and delightful for everyone, but with so many options, how do you know that you’re ordering the right choice for you? There is plentiful variation in the rods that can be bought at Drapery Rods Direct other than color. Here are a few of the options you have:

Decorative Traverse Rods

Decorative traverse rods are meant to be seen. You still get curtain gliding technology but can also add to the room’s decor with their colors and decorative finial attachments. Every decorative traverse rod at Drapery Rods Direct comes with multiple color choices and finial options. It all depends on which collection you are viewing. One of ours is bound to have the best decorative traverse rods to upgrade your home’s style.

Superfine Traverse Rods

Superfine traverse rods are smaller than regular traverse rods. They aren’t as stylish either, coming in only plain white and not using finials. However, their purpose is not to be decorative. They have a variety of other uses such as making the back layer of double curtains. These traverse rods are easy to work with and can carry heavy draperies. The power and smoothness of these rods has set high standards for Kirsch traverse rods over the years. As a classic and simple choice, these rods may just be the perfect choice for your needs. Remember, sometimes less is more.

Single Traverse Rods

Single traverse curtains rods can be either decorative or superfine depending on your preferences for a space. Still, this classic take on windows is more customizable with the decorative traverse rod. You can choose from different finishes, add finials, and there is a larger available size range with them. Overall, single traverse rods create a simply elegant look using one layer of drapery that works great for both windows and as sliding glass door curtain rods. Sometimes, one layer of curtains is all a room needs.

Double Traverse Rods

There's so much you can convey with two layers instead of one. Double curtain rods are a great way to get creative with the curtains you match together and allow more color, pattern, and fabric variations in a room. If you want a layered look, but also want traversing technology, there’s no need to worry. You can actually have both by ordering what’s necessary to create double traverse curtain rods.

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To do this, you’ll need one of our decorative traverse rods from Kirsch Estate along with the 6” wall mount brackets that can be chosen to come with it. Then, order a Superfine traverse rod to make up the back layer and you’re all set. If you have any questions about your double traverse rod setup, you can contact our Help Center and we’d be happy to help.

Curtain Draws

The curtain draw that is selected will determine how the rod will “stack”. Stack describes how the curtain folds closed along the rod. Traditional rods can be drawn in a variety of ways because they are simply loose rings on a pole. Traverse rods have more complicated engineering. Unlike regular curtain rods, they are only designed to slide open and closed in specific directions. Make sure to choose the correct way in which you would like your curtains to be drawn before adding a traverse rod to your cart.

  • Center-open
    Curtains are drawn open starting from the middle of the window with center-open draws. The curtains will stack on each side of the window and close back towards the center.
  • One Way Right
    One way right is when the curtains stack on the right side. This means that when they are opened, they will bunch on the right side of the window.
  • One Way Left
    Alternatively, one way left is when curtains stack on the left side. The curtains open going left and they are pushed together on the left side.

Carrier Style

The term carrier style describes how drapery goes on a curtain rod. There are two main types that will almost always fit on the traverse rods that we have at Drapery Rods Direct. If you’re interested in a transverse rod, make sure you purchase one of these two types of curtains or custom drapery panels:

Pinch Fold
Pinch pleat draperies are attached to the traverse rod using drapery pins. Our metal rods with ring slides are only available for the pinch pleat carrier style.

Ripplefold is another type of carrier style that will almost always work with our traverse rods. They are attached to the rod with snap tape which is sewn in during its manufacturing. Choosing the right carrier style is a little more complicated with ripple folds than pinch folds. There are also different curtain fullness options that must be expressed for the proper traverse rod.

The fullness is shown as a percentage. Our options for ripple fold are 60%, 80%, 100%, and 120%. The higher the percentage, the more pleating a curtain has. Along with a percentage, you must select between overlap master and butt master. The overlap master creates a flat center where two sides of curtains meet while the butt master looks like the curtain pleats are continuous all the way across.

Collections With Decorative Traverse Rods

Drapery Rods Direct specializes in traverse rods, so there is quite a selection to choose from. There are many options to match or contrast your home's current style. We have a variety of traverse rod designs in stock to satisfy whatever theme you’re working around. Here are the collections that offer these minimal effort rods:

Kirsch Estate 1 ⅜” Wood Trends

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The Kirsch Estate Wood Trends 1 ⅜” Decorative Traverse Rod Collection combines the beautiful finishes in the Wood Trends Collection with the functionality of the Estate Rod program. 1 ⅜” Traverse rods work well with standard 8 foot ceilings. This specific type of decorative traverse rod brings a warm style and graceful motion to your windows. Choose between 10+ finials and endcaps for this application.

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Kirsch Estate 2” Wood TrendsWhat You Should Know About Traverse Curtain Rods Before Making A Purchase (3)

For rooms with ceilings over 8 feet tall, the Kirsch Estate Wood Trends 2” Decorative Traverse Rods Collection works well. The larger rod fills out the space better and also creates a warm and charming look. Similar to the 1 ⅜” Collection, you’ll have 10+ finials and end caps to choose from, along with 9 beautiful finishes ranging from white to black to unfinished to match other wooden furnishings in your home.

Kirsch Estate 1 ⅜” Designer Metals

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If your home uses more metal accents rather than wood, shop the Kirsch Estate Designer Metals 1 ⅜” Decorative Traverse Rods Collection. This collection works well for windows in rooms with standard 8 foot ceilings. This collection features 3 different endcaps and 10+ finials to choose from. The sleek finishes offer a modern and sophisticated look in the home. These rods also look great in commercial settings as well.

Kirsch Estate 2” Designer Metals

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The Kirsch Estate Designer Metals 2” Decorative Traverse Rods Collection also offers a trendy and modern look. This collection features two different types of rods that are custom built to your needs: a traverse rod with plain slides or a traverse rod with ring slides. Though not as many finial and endcap choices are available, you still have color choices ranging from black, golds, silvers, and bronzes.

Kirsch Estate 1 ⅜” Buckingham

When it comes to the highest standard curtain rods and a unique variety of finials, the Buckingham collection at Drapery Rods Direct is the perfect addition to your window. Every piece in the Buckingham collection is an artistic masterpiece with over 20 distinctive finials to choose from and customizable traverse rods for them. It has an impressive 15 hand-painted wooden finish options including black traverse curtain rods. Every choice in this collection is designed to fit with a 1 ⅜” rod.

Kirsch Estate 2” Buckingham

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The same stunning selection of Buckingham 1 ⅜” can be purchased for 2” traverse rods as well. The collection allows you to add charming flare to your curtains with a thicker rod and handcrafted finials along with it. The Buckingham 1 ⅜” and 2” traverse rods are available in rod widths between 36” and 192” so that they are sure to fit your window. Every product in this collection is created to the highest quality standards proving nothing so regal can be purchased elsewhere. The finials all work perfectly with the traverse rods to create an amazing style that can’t be beat.

Whatever your style is, one of our many gorgeous curtain rod collections along with their traverse rods is bound to be a match for you. These traverse rods are designed to take your curtains to the next level so make sure not to miss out on their ease of use. If you have any questions, our traverse rod experts will be happy to assist you with deciding which products work best for you. 800-251-5009

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Heavy Duty Traverse Rods May Be Helpful

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Due to the excessive weight of some drapes and curtains, it may be necessary to install heavy-duty traverse rods. These products will be better suited to handle the excessive weight that comes with heavier materials.

Traverse Drapery Rods & Hardware

All of DRD’s traverse rods packaging contains the hardware required to properly mount the rods, including the brackets and screws. This allows you to focus on getting the job done quickly and efficiently while also transforming your living space, instead of focusing on searching for the right parts elsewhere. If you’re tired of spending an unnecessary amount of time installing traverse rods from an amateur product provider, turn to Drapery Rods Direct! We make the implementation process simple and painless so that you can focus on the more important aspects of your life.

Traverse Curtain Rod Accessories

Drapery Rods Direct offers a wide range of parts and accessories in case there is a need to replace broken items or upgrade existing hardware. There are a variety of products on our drapery rod parts and accessory page. By upgrading and replacing parts as the need arises, the investment in your home will continue to be an asset for years to come.

Traverse Rod Brackets

Brackets are a necessary piece for properly installing any curtain rods. As for traverse rods, they use special brackets that are very different from the traditional ones. At Drapery Rods Direct, we offer 3 different types of traverse rod brackets that can be selected before the rod is added to your cart.

  • Wall Mount Brackets
    The classic wall mounts secure curtain rods in place using brackets that are screwed into the wall. These are a stable choice for curtain rods and are commonly used. Our traverse rod wall mount brackets have a 6” return and are sure to impress in your home.
  • Adjustable Mounting Brackets
    Another form of wall mount, the adjustable brackets can change in length. This means that you can select the desired length between 3 ½” to 4 ½” away from the wall.
  • Ceiling Brackets
    Rods are normally mounted to the wall but can sometimes be mounted to the ceiling in special cases. Make sure to call our customer service before ordering to make sure that ceiling mount brackets are a good choice for you. 800-251-5009

Motorized Traverse Rods

Motorized traverse rods are an alternative to traverse rods with pull cords. With an AMP motor, your curtains will be able to open and close without you even touching them. They are top-of-the-line convenience and can carry draperies up to 64 pounds. The motor can be seen as a narrow, white box hanging down one side of the traverse rod. However, there’s no need to worry because it stays hidden behind the curtains whether they are closed or open. You can decide whether the motor will be on the left or right for yourself. Your preferred motor choice can be selected when choosing your finish and length options.

Where to Buy Traverse Curtain Rods

Traverse rods can be purchased from both online and local establishments, but the best place to buy high-quality traverse curtain rods is from Drapery Rods Direct. We provide the best selection of products and the most knowledgeable staff to answer your questions. The experts at DRD can help with making decisions on any of the traverse rods, curtain rods, and drapery rods in our stock.

Drapery Rods Direct can be reached by phone at 800-251-5009 or by email at customerservice@draperyrodsdirect.com. You can also contact us with specific inquiries on our wide selection of drapery rods and accessories. We look forward to helping you make the perfect selections to enhance the current design of your home.

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Frequently Asked Questions about Traverse Rods

What are traverse curtain rods?
Traverse curtain rods are a mechanized track system product that allows the user to open or close their curtains with a pull of a string.

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Traverse rods for curtains?
Traverse rods can be manufactured for both curtains and drapes, and there are a variety of these window treatments that serve as a fantastic addition to any room. Traverse rods provide a modern take on curtains and drapes and improve the look and feel of any room.


Do you need special curtains for traverse rod? ›

Curtains for a traverse rod are referred to as pinch pleat curtains. They require the use of special curtain pins to hang (pins are often included with drapes, but not always). The best way to find traverse curtains is to consult a drapery professional, as they are often a special-order item.

What is a standard traverse rod? ›

What are traverse curtain rods? Traverse curtain rods are a mechanized track system product that allows the user to open or close their curtains with a pull of a string.

Can you hang any curtain on a traverse rod? ›

Ideally, no since traverse rods only work for pinch pleat curtains. Regular curtains will not evenly hang in a traverse rod. But with a few sewing and pinch-pleating, you can turn regular curtains into pinch pleat curtains.

How does a traverse curtain rod work? ›

Traverse rods have clips or eyes that move along a track embedded in a slot in the rod. The eyes have a small opening for the curtain pins and they'll run evenly across the rod, with the number of eyes dependent on how long the rod is. A cord runs through the rod, too, and is attached to a master slide or pulley.

Can I hang grommet curtains on a traverse rod? ›

You can make your curtains to use with traverse rods. Finding the style of the grommet, particularly one that matches the material your rod consists of, is a good idea.

Can you use back tab curtains with a traverse rod? ›

If you want to use a traverse rod, that opens and closes with the pull of a cord, you need to alter your tab-back panels to accept a drapery pin. Just by making a small single-finger pleat, the curtains can accept a pin and hold the folds in place as the curtains are opened and closed on a traverse rod.

How are Traverse curtains measured? ›

Standard traverse rods are only used for pleated draperies. Measure the width of the rod from end to end, this is the face width or rod width. At the ends of the rod, measure the distance from the front of the rod to the wall, this is the return.

How do you change a traverse rod? ›

Kirsch Traverse Rod-Converting From a Split-Draw Traverse ... - YouTube

How do you hang rod pocket curtains on a traverse rod? ›

  1. Mount the traverse rod supports and bracket according to the packaging instructions. Hang the rod in the supports and brackets. ...
  2. Measure the width of your curtain panels. Cut a piece of pleater tape to this size. ...
  3. Lay the curtains flat, wrong side up. ...
  4. Carry one curtain panel at a time to the traverse rod.

How do you remove Traverse curtains? ›

Some have a small notch along a seam of the housing, and slipping a flat screwdriver into the notch pops off the housing. Some have a small tab that opens the housing when pressed. Another style features a swiveling cover that protects the pulley, and rotating it left or right exposes the pulley for cord removal.

How do you remove a traverse rod ring? ›

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Can you hang back tab curtains with hooks? ›

How To Hang Pole Pocket Curtains With Back Tabs , Pole ... - YouTube

How do you hang non pleated drapes on a traverse rod? ›

Signature Series | How to Install Pinch Pleat Draperies with Traverse Rod

When should you use a double curtain rod? ›

Although very similar in design to single curtain rods, a double curtain rod allows you to layer more than one drapery panel or curtain for a more enhanced and dramatic look. Most typically, people layer a sheer curtain first and then a regular curtain on top to block out light.

What is a back tab on a curtain? ›

Back tab curtains consist of loops of fabric on the backs of the panels to create a clean, tailored look. You can either slide these loops directly onto the curtain rod or attach rings with clips to the loops to enhance its look. Back tab curtains work especially well if you don't want to display the curtain rod.

How do you hang tab curtains? ›

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What size curtain rod do I need for 72 inch window? ›

A rod that is 48 to 84 inches in length will adequately fit a window up to 72 inches wide. This size is the most common window you will find in many homes.

How wide should curtains be for 72 inch window? ›

How Wide Should Curtains Be For A 72-Inch Window? Let's say you want standard, thick curtains to cover your 72-inch window. You'll want to look for curtains that measure between 144 and 180 inches wide.

How do you choose curtain rod length? ›

Use the largest of the three as your window's width. If you don't have much space to either side of your window, look for a curtain rod that is the same width as your window. However, if space permits, we recommend that your curtain rod extend five inches past your window on either side.

How do you remove a traverse rod slide? ›

Replace broken slides so the rod continues to function as intended and the curtains do not sag.
  1. Unhook the curtains from the rod. ...
  2. Pull the string so that the slides move toward the ends of the rod. ...
  3. Lift the rod from the brackets. ...
  4. Pull the finial closest to the broken slide off the drapery rod.

How do you turn pinch pleats into rod pocket curtains? ›

How to Turn Pocket Curtains Into Pleated Curtains - YouTube

How do you attach hooks to rod pocket curtains? ›

Measure and mark on the back of each panel with chalk where to insert each hook. Beginning at one end, attach a hook ring to the back of the curtain rod pocket where indicated with chalk. Attach hooks an inch down to ensure the hooks don't show when you hang the curtains.

How do you attach drapery hooks to curtains? ›

DIY- Installing Drapery Pins - YouTube

How do you install pleated curtains? ›

How to Hang Pencil Pleat Curtains - YouTube

How many hooks are on a traverse rod? ›

Pleater Hooks with Locks for Regular Traverse Rods, 10 Hooks.

How do you install a one way traverse rod? ›

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How do I replace curtains with vertical blinds? ›

How to hide or replace vertical blinds with curtains in a rental apartment

How many rings should a curtain panel have? ›

Calculating Curtain Ring Needs

One ring goes at each pleat to hang the panels securely. For flat panels, you usually need one ring for every 4 to 8 inches of curtain rod length. Heavier drapes need more rings that are closer together, while lightweight fabrics are usually fine with rings every 7 or 8 inches.

What can I use instead of curtain rings? ›

Unique Ways to Hang Your Curtains
  • Make Your Curtain Hardware. These ideas are just a start. ...
  • Coat Hooks. Brass or metal coat hooks can be attached above your window to hold curtain panels. ...
  • Glass or Brass Door Knobs. ...
  • Cup Hooks. ...
  • Belts. ...
  • Clothespins. ...
  • Wire.
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How do you close a gap between curtains and walls? ›

You can close a troublesome gap between curtains and walls by installing a wrap around curtain rod and hanging curtains that are longer and wider than the window they cover. You can attach the sides of your curtains to the walls adjacent to a window using tape, pins, or Velcro strips.

How do you make curtains for a traverse rod? ›

  1. Mount the traverse rod supports and bracket according to the packaging instructions. Hang the rod in the supports and brackets. ...
  2. Measure the width of your curtain panels. Cut a piece of pleater tape to this size. ...
  3. Lay the curtains flat, wrong side up. ...
  4. Carry one curtain panel at a time to the traverse rod.

How are Traverse curtains measured? ›

Standard traverse rods are only used for pleated draperies. Measure the width of the rod from end to end, this is the face width or rod width. At the ends of the rod, measure the distance from the front of the rod to the wall, this is the return.

What kind of curtains go on a track? ›

Pencil pleat curtains can be hung from a track or a pole. Tab top and Eyelet curtains must be hung from a pole. Pinch and Goblet pleat curtains can be hung from a track or pole but as they hang underneath either, to enable the curtains to concertina back properly, the track or pole will be in full view.

What's the difference between a drape and a curtain? ›

Curtains are fabric panels used to cover windows, and are generally cut to fit a window or drop a few centimetres below it. Drapes are also fabric panels but are generally made from thicker fabrics and cut to floor length or to slightly puddle on the floor.


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