Bay window & Sunroom curtain poles are our speciality.
25mm Curved Bay Curtain Pole, Plain Ball in Traditional Black
Curtain poles for Bays and Sunrooms made properly
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. Very few of our competitors have the same level of experience…check out the wayback machine… https://archive.org/web/
We also make curtain poles for sunrooms (timber or brick conservatory, orangery type extensions) and can make any size curtain pole from 25mm diameter tubing. Typically we have curtain poles 6m to 10m in length on the books at any one time. Ask for a quote.
Just wanted to send a pic with the curtains up, we are completely blown away. When we first started looking for a curtain pole for this room, all the companies we spoke to said “that’ll be a problem” and we didn’t think we’d get a solution that would allow us to keep the views into the garden (most companies wanted us to keep the pole within the recess, rather than loop around the walls).
So for us to get a pole so perfectly designed to the bay window, and to meet our desire to keep the glass completely unobstructed by curtains, means we have been able to keep an (almost) panoramic view into the garden. It’s my favourite room in the house now. Thank you. All the best.” Mandy & Eoin… (June 2023)
See page header photo for above review
A curtain pole for a sunroom type extension . A single curtain can follow the sun along the full 12m length of the pole.
“Hi Stephen, Just a quick note to let you know that the pole is now fitted, and it looks fabulous. Emer asked that we send photos which are attached. Thanks for your hard work and precision. Regards, Bob“… (October 2021)
“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!!”
We’ll make a better curtain pole…(we are super fastidious!)
Never bent to a drawing chalked on the workshop floor, these custom made bay window curtain poles are properly designed and validated using AutoCAD. If you’re measurements are accurate to the mm, we‘ll produce a bay window pole that is accurate to the mm. 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.
Below we try to offer the most detailed and comprehensive information available to help you choose the best solution for your Bay window dressing (it’s worth reading!)…
… or Click on the nearest shape to your Bay window below for more specific information.
Click your bay window shape below…
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.
FYI: The “Combination” bay pole was designed for Art Deco style windows found in some 1930’s houses.
Ceiling Mounted Curtain Poles
We also make ceiling mounted (ceiling fixed) bay window curtain poles. Often these are used for continuously curved bays or where the space above the window frames is limited, especially if the window frames go right up to the ceiling. By default these would have a short drop (the distance from the ceiling to the pole) of 40mm for the above reasons, although the drop can always be increased if necessary by fixing an improvised spacer between the bracket plate and ceiling (e.g a short length of batten). Anyway if you are sure of the drop you require, we can always make the pole with brackets to your specifications; just ask…
If you have any particular requirements or need any advice just get in touch and we’ll be happy to help.
Curved curtain poles for bay windows are only available in 25mm diameter tubing. These are either ceiling mounted or ceiling mounted with wall fixing at the finials.
Do you want a Bay window curtain pole that just uses three brackets?
Bay window curtain poles suitable for TabTop or Eyelet curtains
“Hi Stephen,.. Just to say that we are really pleased with the curtain pole; it fits beautifully. I’ve attached a photo for you to see. Many thanks, Sharon & Donald”…April 2021
25mm Curved Bay pole using just three brackets (two wall, one ceiling). Uses standard double hoop rings.
Depending on bay size and curtain weight*, we can make 25mm diameter bay window poles that only use three brackets instead of five. Also, these could be the answer if you’d rather use standard double hoop rings instead of passing rings with your curtains. The poles are supplied in two sections.
*These are best suited to bays with wall totals up to approx 3m.
25mm curtain pole that uses only three brackets
Extra large Bay windows?
Using 16mm Diameter solid bar:
The size of bay window poles made from 16mm diameter solid bar can be up to 5m along the walls. This is due to carriage limitations. Black, Petwer or Beeswax finishes.
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. We no longer make curved bay poles from 16mm bar but they are available in 25mm diameter.
Using 25mm Diameter Tube:
Bay window curtain poles made from 25mm diameter tubing can be built for any size Bay window. We make our curved bay poles using 25mm; these are Ceiling mounted or Ceiling/Wall mounted.
In Black or Pewter finishes.
Technically better …
We can make bay poles from either solid bar or tube, simple and complex, multi-angled, curved or combination. We can even make French bay window poles! If you supply mm accurate measurements, we can supply a pole to fit within mm accuracy of those measurements. As fully qualified Mechanical and Manufacturing Engineers, not just Blacksmiths or Farriers, we know what we’re doing.
Not everyone making bay window curtain poles has the skill to bend tubing which is much harder to shape than solid bar.
A CAD drawing is created for every bay window curtain pole
And better value…
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, TIG 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 are especially apparent in badly made curved bay curtain poles.
- A bay window curtain pole should be as flat as a pancake, 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.
“Installed thank you, looks good. I was just hoping my measurements were correct but all angles fitted perfectly. Hardest thing was getting the finial brackets to look at right level and pole wanted to be higher. All looks good, worth the investment thank you. Anne”… April 2023
Hanging curtains with Passing Rings
Let’s face it, the now ubiquitous “Passing rings” are essentially to some degree, a compromise. The idea is to address the problem of preventing the (usually solid bar) pole from failing under the weight of the curtains by introducing “Passing” brackets to give the pole extra support. Unfortunately horror stories abound of rings jumping off poles or catching on brackets where some manufacturers haven’t got it quite right with their Passing ring systems (including the copycats!). Having said that, our unique design works very well indeed and is proven over many years but to get the very best results there are still some provisos…
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.
- We can also make 25mm bay poles that just use three brackets and standard double hoop rings too (see above).
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 keeps the rings running smoothly.
Passing rings work best above the curtain
Just a quick note to say thank you so much for the great curtain rails! We are finally getting the curtains on them (it has taken forever to get the curtains made) and they look really lovely and work very well with the house. They are excellent value and very good quality. We were very impressed with the fit of the rail on the bay window, it was clearly very carefully and precisely made.
Regarding the bay window and fittings, thanks so much for sending us a longer plate. What we didn’t anticipate was the problem of drilling a hole for the plates as the drill chuck did not fit into the space and made a hole at an very awkward angle. Hopefully we have managed to get it secure, fortunately the curtains are not very long so not too heavy.
Feel free to quote any or all. If there is a website we can put a review on, let me know.
Regards Ann“… (June 2022)
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. This ensures proper support so that the pole does not sag at the corners. The slimmer pole allows closer bends and can result in a better fit than is often achieved with larger diameters. This is especially true for more complex bays. The refined look of the 16mm diameter poles is in constant demand and remains ever popular.
Contemporary, chunky & rigid 25mm diameter tubing.
If you’re looking for larger curtain poles, we can make 25 mm curtain poles for both Angled and Curved bays. We use high quality thick wall tubing ( thicker quality than The Bradley Collection steel curtain poles). Tubing is used as heavy solid bar over 16mm diameter could put excessive strain on wall and ceiling fixings. The heavier the pole, the more it will sag under it’s own weight.
The 25mm poles are available in Black or Pewter finish. These are very strong and rigid poles which can span a greater distance than solid bar without extra support. So these are often more suitable for ringless curtains too.
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.
I just wanted to let you know that the pole section arrived this week and is perfect. The full bay pole looks fantastic!
Thank you again for sorting the issue out so quickly.”
Lucy” (May 2021) (issue was damage in transit)
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.