Portiere rods, (Swinging door curtain poles, Drapery arms)

Portiere rods

Portiere rods

Portiere rods allow a curtain to be placed over a door or over the doorless entrance to a room. The curtain then becomes a Portiere. Portieres are a good economical and ecological way to keep your house warm by covering the door thus insulating it from cold and draughts.

A Portiere rod (also known as a Drapery Arm or Swing Arm Door Curtain Rod) is basically a versatile curtain pole on a hinge. The portiere rod hinge can be fitted on the same wall as the door ( Face fixed ) or on a return wall ( side wall perpendicular to the door wall ).  If the hinge is fixed on the same side as the door hinge, the curtain will open with the door. The curtain can be drawn or stacked out the way just like on a normal curtain pole.

Not only are they great for keeping the house warm, portières can be the finishing touch to a style for a room. Anyway, whatever your reasons, we think ours are easily the best you’ll find!

Portiere in Beeswax

Portières are great for keeping the cold out.

Properly made, better quality and value…

  • Strong portiere arm formed from a single piece of 16mm solid bar (not two pieces welded together at the bend)
  • Heavy duty hinge bracket made from thick strap (no thin socket sleeves)
  • End rest bracket
  • 4 rings per 30cm pro rata arm length included
  • Button, Stopper or Plain Ball finial
  • Beeswax, Traditional Black or Pewter finish
  • Up to 120cm for Portiere
  • The whole package for £99 + carriage (curtain not included!) .
Image of Portiere with rings and bracket in Beeswax

Includes 16mm solid Arm, Hinge bracket, Rest bracket and plenty of rings.

How to measure

Description showing required measurements for a Portiere

How to measure for a Portiere rod

Please give us the required length of the portiere rod arm from the back of the 16mm pivot to the end of the finial (any length up to 1.25 m).

Important: You must work out and provide this specific measurement (using the info below)

Fixing to the door wall.

If space is tight, remember to allow for the width of the hinge plate when fixing on the door wall. The hinge plate is 40mm wide so the outside edge of the plate will be 12 mm approx from the outside of the 16mm pivot (28mm from the inside edge the plate). In this case you’ll need to add 12mm to the required portiere arm length to find the minimum space required, plus a bit for clearance.

Fixing to the side wall, perpendicular to the door

If you intend to fix to the side wall perpendicular to the door, the hinge plate will add 5mm to the overall  length of the required portiere arm length. Again, also remember to add at least a few mm clearance from the wall for swing.

The Button finial is 6mm long.

The Stopper finial is 18mm long

The Plain Ball finial is 40mm long

The Hinge Plate is 150mm long x 40mm wide x 5mm thick

Are the Portiere’s self-closing?

For several reasons ours aren’t the mechanised self-closing type. These work using an arm screwed into the door face that then moves the curtain with the door. I stand to be corrected on this but on the examples I’ve seen the arm restricts the curtain from properly covering the leading edge and top of the door; so what’s the point of that? Secondly, sometimes you might just want to open and close the door without the curtain, so your options are limited there. And last but not least, it’s kind of a nice satisfying ritual to draw the portiere curtain by hand when those cold nights close in!

Unfortunately, you can’t do everything… 🙂

Handrails (sorry, we dont make these any more)

Handrails, in various guises, made from 16mm diameter solid bar…

Handrail in 16mm bar with Pewter finish
Button Handrail in Beeswax

Hey Stephen
Please see photos of handrail attached, it looks ace.
Thanks again

Pan rails (sorry, we dont make these any more)

These usually have simple finials and the brackets project the rail 80mm or so from the wall. Prices start from £55 and that includes, brackets & “S” hooks too (blunt or sharp). More images coming but ask for details.

Pan rail in Pewter