“ Brand: John Lewis „
Having two, yes two beautiful bay windows on my house means that curtains and blinds can be a tad expensive. I have blinds that prevent people seeing in, but due to the size of the windows I have three individual blinds. The finish that they blinds created though was very clinical so I needed some curtains to finish the look off. I bought two Swish Belgravia curtain poles designed for bay windows for my windows and now I have some lovely lush thick curtains for my living and dining room.
==Price and availability==
There are varying prices for the curtain poles but for the size I needed I paid £140 for the pair. They are not sold in pairs but as I bought on eBay I was given postage discount for buying two.
The Swish Belgravia pole has a diameter of 29mm and the overall length is 400cm to cover the bay window however this 400 cm is consists of a single 200cm and two 100cm poles but if you want them smaller, they can be cut to size. The finished look is antique brass and there is a slight tarnished, old fashioned look to the poles. The end of the poles are finished with ball finials and you get a number of elbow joints, 4 passing brackets and 3 standard brackets and all fittings for hanging. Also included is 32 passover rings, which is not enough in my opinion, I like very tightly collected curtains so I had to buy some extra to get the finished look I wanted.
This is a pain in the neck to put up, partly because of the awkward shape and partly because it is quite heavy so you need to support it or it will pull the screws and plugs from the wall. There is something very attractive about the look of this pole though and it looks very stylish with the two large brass knobs on the end. This makes the curtain pole look finished and it gives it a bit of presence. The size is good, the thickness of the pole and the size of the rings are perfect for the look I am trying to create, however I needed more rings. When I hung the curtains without the extra rings, they seemed to fall with gaps in so that light escaped through the curtain. The extra rings helped the curtains bunch up and they looked much neater.
I find the poles hard to put up but once they are up, they look good and the rings move freely so you can open and close the curtains with ease. They work well with classic styled curtains or with the contemporary look which is good. I cannot see me taking these down in a hurry. Now it is up, it is staying up!