Metal drapery hardware is a great option if you're looking to create a smaller scale or modern style window treatment. The sleek, brilliant lines of a metal curtain rod work very well in contemporary settings. And, window treatments using brass or bronze metal drapery rods do great in a classic home decor. Most metal rods are made with smaller pole diameters. Unlike wood drapery hardware which is available in a wide assortment of sizes, metal curtain rods are typically under one and three-eighths in diameter. So, they may not be a good option for a really high or unusually long window.
Many times, home owners look to metal drapery hardware because they feel it will do a better job holding the weight of their draperies. This isn't always the case. All styles of curtain rods can do an equally good job in supporting your curtains as long as the brackets are installed securely and positioned at regular intervals along the length of the rod.
If you're concerned about the weight of your fabric, then make sure to look at a metal rod set that has fixed width poles available. Many metal curtain rods are telescoping, or adjustable. Adjustable rods are great because they install easily and can be quickly resized for any window. But, the section where the two pieces of rod come together is a weak point and you must use a support bracket if your fabric is heavy.
To make sure your metal drapery rods are securely installed, you should consider using a bracket for every four linear feet of pole. If you're hanging curtains with rings and your rings must be able to move past your support brackets, you can browse for a metal collection that includes bypass rings, sometimes called c-rings, and bypass brackets. This type of drapery hardware is made so that the rings can swiftly move past, or bypass, the support brackets.