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What is a Triple Curtain Rod?

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A triple curtain rod is a piece of hardware that can be helpful when hanging curtains to protect and decorate a home. While single rods have only one arm to support one set of curtains, a triple curtain rod has three sturdy, metal arms. This allows a decorator to hang up to three different sets and styles of curtains together. Most of the time, triple curtain rods can be hung from a standard bracket above the window and may be adjusted in order to fit most window sizes.

Many people find curtains useful in a number of ways. They can provide privacy to a room by shielding an outsider’s view. They also might be considered economical, as some heavy-duty types of curtains can keep heat out in the summer, or trap heat in during winter months, thus saving on electricity. Curtains can also be a nice decorative touch to bring together the design of a room.

Using a curtain rod is the common way to hang curtains for all of these uses. A curtain rod is typically made of a somewhat sturdy metal that attaches by brackets at both sides of the window. A triple curtain rod can be custom-ordered to fit a specific window, though custom-made products tend to be more expensive. Alternately, a person can measure his window and choose an adjustable model that will accommodate most window sizes.

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There are many styles of curtains from which to choose. Many techniques require more than one set of curtains to be hung in order to complete a particular look. In these instances, a triple curtain rod may be the cheapest and easiest way to hang multiple fabrics simultaneously and in a safe manner.

One popular window treatment style that would necessitate a triple curtain rod involves three layers: curtain sheers, curtains, and a valance. Although sheers do not offer much privacy, they can add a detailed touch to the décor. Sheers can be found in countless colors, and some have delicate patterns printed or embroidered as well.

A valance is a fairly short window treatment, rarely more than a foot (about 0.3 meters) long, which spans the length of the window. The valance is meant to provide the outermost layer, resting atop the curtain. Not only can a valance enhance the overall look, it can also hide the triple curtain rod for a seamless appearance.

A triple curtain rod can be used to hang nearly any combination of curtains. There are also some styles of drapery that may require a meticulous hand to hang them correctly, such as festoons and jabots. These, too, can be hung using a triple curtain rod.

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