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 Affordable Curtain Poles Made to Order

Wrought iron curtain poles, Bay window curtain poles, Portieres & more…

S P Harrison has been making bespoke Wrought Iron Curtain Poles and Bay Window Curtain Poles and Portieres since 1990.  As such we have built up a wealth of expertise in providing  highest quality metal curtain poles which we are therefore able to offer at very reasonable cost.

Ossina cage curtain pole

We do tend to stay with simple, unique and classic styles which are in constant demand as these are timeless and look great in any situation.

Anvil and hammer

All our curtain poles and portieres are hand made to measure in rural Gloucestershire, exactly to the required length for a perfect fit. As a result, they will make any window dressing in your home look truly amazing.

The poles are made from slim, strong and elegant 16mm diameter solid bar or contemporary high quality 25mm diameter steel tubing.

They are made to last a lifetime.

A range of tasteful, simple finials ensure that these curtain poles will never look out of place. The poles are available in a Caramelised Beeswax, Traditional Black Metal or a polished steel Pewter finish to compliment any décor.

Affordable quality for homes all around the UK (and elsewhere).

Most of our business comes from customer recommendation and repeat orders rather than through professional branding and marketing.

Over the years we have received hundreds of genuine, positive testimonials.

Our curtain poles and Bay window poles can be found in thousands of homes across the UK and beyond. These poles have been chosen by some of the UK’s leading Interior Designers for their own homes (e.g. Annabel Astor of Oka, Emilia Jardine-Paterson of d’Erlanger&Sloan and TV style consultant Laurence Llewelyn-Bowen ) as well as by Architects, Product Designers, Developers, Celebrities and Aristocracy.

We have also been specified by The National Trust.

“The curtain poles are lovely…”  Lady Annabel Astor


S. P. Harrison has been trading on-line as a specialist in wrought iron curtain poles and portieres since 1999. Actually, one of the very first!

ossian cage curtain pole in pewter

Curtain Poles

Curtain pole styles.

Best quality curtain poles at sensible prices.

The main range of curtain poles are individually hand made to order from substantial yet slim and elegant 16mm diameter solid iron bar with integral finials, pre-fitted with four double-hoop iron curtain rings per 30 cm.

“Dear Emer and Stephen,
I’m just dropping you a line to thank you so much for the curtains poles, we are so pleased with them. They fit the windows perfectly and look beautiful in the room – I’m so glad we went ahead with the commission. I have already started passing your details to admiring friends!”

Jenny (2020)

Solid bar is harder to work, heavier and so costs more to manufacture and deliver, but does gives a simple beauty and authentic character to a wrought iron curtain pole.  Although we have experimented with larger diameters we have found the slimmer 16mm has proven to be the most in demand as solid wrought iron bar can look crude in larger diameters as well as being excessively heavy for wall and ceiling fixings.

Available in Beeswax, Traditional Black or Pewter finish.

Larger diameter metal poles?

If you do prefer larger diameter metal curtain poles, we also offer poles made from 25mm diameter, thick wall steel tubing. These have the same finish options as the wrought iron range although, as yet, in a limited range of finials. These are supplied with three rings per 30cm. Bay window curtain poles, both curved and angled, are also available in 25mm diameter.

These poles can be made to any length if you’re looking for extra long poles!

showing 16mm and 25mm curtain poles side by side
16mm and 25mm Curtain pole sizes


Showing the Stopper curtain pole finial in a Beeswax finish.
Stopper in Beeswax


Details for 16mm dia pole:

Shown with a Beeswax finish.

Finial length 20 mm.

Extremely popular simple, rustic design.

Plain Ball in Beeswax curtain pole finial
Plain Ball in Beeswax

Plain Ball

Details for 16mm dia pole:

Finial length: 40 mm.

Details for 25mm dia pole:

Finial Length: 50 mm (approx)

Shown with a  Beeswax finish.

Best selling classic design for curtain poles and bay window poles. Suits both contemporary and traditional décor.

**Price Example**

This complete bespoke wrought iron curtain pole only £52 for any length up to 150cm  overall including finials, brackets, and 4 iron double hoop rings per 30cm of working pole length. Choose Black or Beeswax finish.

Ball & Collar with Pwewter finish
Shown with a Pewter finish

Ball & Collar

Details for 16mm dia pole:

Shown with a Pewter finish (above)

Finial length: 50 mm (approx).

Ball&Collar finial in black

Details for 25mm dia pole:

Finial Length: 60 mm (approx)

Curtain pole with Ball & Collar finials
25mm diameter in Beeswax

Flared Ball

Details for 16mm dia pole:

Finial Length: 50 mm (approx)

Details for 25mm dia pole:

Finial Length 60mm (approx)

25mm Flared Ball in Beeswax

Round Cage

Details for 16mm dia pole:

Shown with a Pewter finish.

Finial length: 80 mm (approx).

Nice alternative to other cage designs.


Details for 16mm dia pole:

Shown with a Pewter finish.

Finial length: 6mm.

For a minimalist look and a solution where space is limited.

Showing Button finials in Pewter on 25mm pole
Button finial in Pewter on 25mm pole

Details for 25mm pole:

Finial length: 8mm.

Cage & Ball

Details for 16mm dia pole:

Shown in Beeswax finish.

Finial length 190 mm.

Ossian Cage

Details for 16mm dia pole:

Shown in Pewter finish

Finial length 165 mm

French Curtain pole in Beeswax Finish
French Curtain pole in Beeswax

French Style

Details for 16mm dia pole:

Length of returns (inside distance between pole and wall) can be specified from 100mm to 150mm.
The fixing plates’ dimensions are 85 mm x 40 mm (approx). The pole returns sit in  the centre of the bracket plates which gives 20mm from the edges of bracket plate to pole and screw hole centres.

Diagram to show how to measure
How to give measurements for French Poles

Portières ( Portiere rods, Drapery arms )

Portiere in Beeswax

Bay Window Curtain Poles

Bay window curtain poles are our speciality.

Showing 25mm Curved Bay Curtain Pole, Plain Ball in Traditional Black
25mm Curved Bay Curtain Pole, Plain Ball in Traditional Black

Properly made…

We’ve made hundreds (maybe thousands) of superb quality, bespoke wrought iron bay window curtain poles for both angled and curved (bow) bay windows. As a result we have a wealth of experience, technical expertise and resources to make these using measurements supplied by the customer.

 “Hi Stephen, I just wanted to say that the pole arrived just before New Year but I didn’t get time until yesterday to put it up. It was so straightforward to put up, looks so beautiful and the action is so smooth – I love it – thank you so much! That’s many years of various bay window nightmares finally vanquished!!”

Janet  (2020)

Never bent to a drawing chalked on the workshop floor, these custom made bay window curtain poles are properly designed and validated using AutoCAD.  This way an exact fit is assured that runs level and parallel to the walls of the bay. The result is a quality, well engineered, beautiful bay window curtain pole. One that works as it should at the best possible price.

There’s more to read down the page or Click on the nearest shape to your Bay window below for more specific information.

Bay Window Shapes…

measuring for one bendtwo bend measure guide3 bend pole guide5 bend guide6 bend guidecurve measure guidecombination pole guide

Measuring for your Bay window curtain pole…

Click on the appropriate drawing above to select your bay window shape and follow the instructions for the required measurements.  There’s a price calculator which will give you a very good idea of the cost too. Remember, these are just examples of the more common designs but we can make poles for just about any shape of bay with any number of bends.  We can also make curtain poles for ceiling fix too. Let us know if you have any particular requirements and we can let you know what measurements to take.

Please note: The 16mm bay window curtain poles have five brackets making them suitable for use with curtains using passing rings. This design would not be suitable for a single pair of Tab-Top or Eyelet curtains as they could not cross the intermediate passing brackets.

Ask for our solutions for using TabTops and Eyelet curtains with your bay window.

Technically better…

If anyone can do it, we can! We can make bay poles from either solid bar or tube, simple and complex, multi-angled, curved or combination. If you supply mm accurate measurements, we can supply a pole to fit within mm accuracy of those measurements. We can even put a lovely, caramelised beeswax finish on tube too. As fully qualified Mechanical and Manufacturing Engineers, not just Blacksmiths or Farriers, we know what we’re doing.

And cheaper too…

It’s basically down to efficient manufacturing techniques. Whilst still hand-made, and we do use the hammer and anvil where necessary, we don’t pretend to be using  out-dated, purely 17th century methods which would add absolutely nothing but huge cost and inaccuracy to the poles.

Every manufacturer that makes wrought iron bay curtain poles uses MIG or ARC welders in the process, as we do. We make things properly, carefully and efficiently with the benefit of years of production experience and are honest about our methods. Also, we don’t spend a fortune (in fact, nothing!) on professional branding and marketing so there’s none of those overheads to recover.  Please do compare our prices and quality.

What to expect…(assuming we’ve been given the correct measurements, of course!)

  • The pole should keep the same offset around the bay and the distance from the walls should not vary. Variations in offset can be especially apparent in badly made curved bay curtain poles.
  • A bay window curtain pole should be flat without twisting out of plane between bends or along a curve.
  • Passing rings should not catch on the brackets or jump off the curtain pole if fitted properly to the curtains (see advice below).
  • The curtain pole should be properly supported and not sag at the corners . It should be stable and not twist when the curtains are moved along it.
  • The  bracket fixing plates should align properly.
  • The  pole should fit perfectly without the subsequent need for various modified brackets to be despatched.
  • And last but not least…No ridiculous price tag!

Hanging Curtains with Passing rings

The curtain heading tape usually has three rows of pockets and strings. With curtain tracks, the hooks are inserted into the bottom or middle row of pockets so that the curtain heading hides the track. However, for curtain poles the hooks should be inserted into the top row of pockets so that the curtain hangs below the pole. This is especially important when using Passing rings.

Passing rings should be attached to the curtain hooks inserted in the top pockets of the curtain header tape so that the curtain hangs completely below the rings.

Each Passing ring should bear enough curtain weight to stay in contact with the pole…

  • Curtains using Passing rings should be hung clear of the floor.
  • Curtains should not be lifted when drawn.
  • Please make sure you space the rings accordingly.


Every 6 months or so, pewter and black bay window curtain poles can benefit from a quick wipe on top with a cloth lightly sprayed with a dry lubricant such as PTFE or silicone spray. Beeswax poles can be buffed lightly to avoid any dust build up, and a little plain furniture wax applied to keep the rings running smoothly.

Showing curtain below Passing rings
Passing rings work best above the curtain

Available in two diameters…

Strong, elegant 16mm diameter solid bar

A bay window curtain pole formed from 16mm solid iron bar would usually use a five bracket passing ring system which ensures proper support so that the pole does not sag at the corners. Whilst being strong enough for any size bay, these allow closer bends and result in a  better, more elegant fit than can sometimes be achieved with larger diameters, especially for more complex bays. The refined look of the 16mm diameter poles is in constant demand and remains ever popular.

Curtain pole for bay window

French style pole
French style return to wall

 Contemporary, chunky & rigid  25mm diameter tubing

If you’re looking for larger curtain poles we can also make 25 mm  bay curtain poles  for both Angled and Curved bays. These are made from high quality thick wall tubing ( thicker quality than The Bradley Collection steel curtain poles).  Steel tubing is used as anything in solid bar above 16mm diameter could put excessive strain on wall and ceiling fixings due to the weight, and the heavier the pole, the more it will sag under it’s own weight.

The 25mm poles are available in the same finishes as the 16mm range. These are very strong and rigid poles which can span a greater distance than solid bar without extra support, so are often more suitable for ringless curtains too.

25mm diameter ceiling fix pole with Round cage finial in Pewter
25mm diameter ceiling fix pole with Round cage finial in Pewter

Showing a 25mm diameter Curved curtain pole with Ball & Collar finials.
25mm diameter Curved curtain pole with Ball & Collar finials.

If you need any advice we’re very happy to discuss. Either email us here  or just give us a call on 01386 700299.

Customer guidance example

extrapolating corner measure

Guaranteed to fit?

Of course!  If you’ve provided accurate wall measurements and all relevant information, it’s no more than your entitlement that the pole fits properly.