Bay Windows – Choosing the right pole or track. If you want curtains then choosing the right track or pole for a bay window can be a bit tricky if you have never had to do this before, it can also be quite expensive. Bay windows can be the focal point of a room especially those which let in lots of natural light. When it comes to bay windows it is far better to have a bespoke product made to measure with the correct angles and curves than a do it yourself product off the shelf. Tracks and poles that you can bend yourself are generally not very durable. It’s all down to personal choice but here are some tips to help you decide.
Poles are more decorative. If you choose a pole with rings you will need several brackets to support this round the bay. The brackets are known as passing brackets. These need passing rings ( also known as C rings) which pass over the brackets. These are a compromise in my opinion as I have found that in order to get the rings over the brackets you have to do a lot of tugging on the curtains. This can stretch and distort of the fabric over time. Eyelet curtains are not suitable for bay poles unless you have a curtain in each section of the bay between the brackets.
Tracks are great for bays and can be corded or uncorded. Tracks can be top fixed or face fixed and are more practical than decorative. Electric tracks are also available but this depends on how many bends you have in your bay. Tracks are also available in a choice of colours. If you decide to choose a white track it can blend in with a white ceiling which is great if you want the curtains to be the feature and not the track. Some tracks can be bent on-site by a track fitter.
Pelmets are great if you need the curtains to clear the window sill. There is usually enough space to have roller blinds or sheers as well as curtains depending on the depth of the sill.
The track sits discreetly under a covered pelmet and board which is cut to shape around the bay. The pelmet board is usually padded to give an opulent look and the board has many hidden fixings which can cope with heavy fabrics. The curtains are attached to gliders and sit under the track making them stack back well. This is good option if you have a bay window in your bedroom and you don’t want too much light seepage.
Covered lath and fascia.
This is like a mini pelmet however if you look at it from a distance it gives the illusion that the track is covered in fabric. The fabric is generally the same fabric as the curtains but you can choose a plain or contrast colour. The lath and fascia are curved around the bay and like the pelmet can deal with heavier curtains. Instead of covering the fascia in fabric it can be painted the colour of the walls. The curtain is attached to the gliders that slide along the bottom of the track and can be adjusted to hang below or above the fascia. A track fitter will do all this for you on site.
A popular choice for bay windows is the Silent Gliss Metropole, for me this product has been a great solution for many difficult bay windows. The metropole is a pole which has a track built in it, so instead of traditional rings this has gliders. The curtains sit underneath like a normal pole. It is minimal and modern and is available in a choice of contemporary colours and sizes. It can be top or face fixed, corded or uncorded. You can add finials to this at extra cost.
Whatever you choose, opening and closing your curtains should be reasonably effortless. I hope I’ve given you some extra knowledge on what might work for you. Sorting out the correct hardware can be expensive but it should last a long time. If you still need help deciding what pole or track system will be suitable for your particular bay window please feel free to call me on 01423 325301 for further advice.