To hang curtains, you have the choice of using plastic, metal or wooden curtain rings. Each type is available in various sizes in proportion to the thickness of the pole on which they glide. Wooden styles come in finished or unfinished wood to suit any décor, and can add elegance and aesthetic appeal to any room. Metal rings come in many different varieties and finishes, and they are extremely durable.
Wooden Curtain Rings
They are very affordable and any extras which you may need can be bought from most hardware stores and online. They are easy to keep in good condition as they can be cleaned with any wood polish and they also can be waxed along with the curtain pole so they glide easier without causing any friction. Some wooden rings have a carved leaf or weave pattern which adds an extra decorative touch. Extra rings can also be put to use in other DIY projects: often used in various arts and crafts projects, or something as simple as acting as a napkin holder. Do not put metal or plastic rings on wooden rods as it spoils the decorative effect drastically. Large wooden rings on a pole that fits their proportions really make any window treatment stand out.
One disadvantage to wooden poles and rings is that they are not suitable for heavy drapes; they support comfortably only light and medium weight materials. They also tend to wear out with time, and one has to watch for woodworm or termites.
Metal Curtain Rings
Metal rings are made of sturdier materials, like stainless steel, brass, iron and nickel. They are more expensive than wooden rings but they need little or no maintenance except for an occasional dusting or a wipe with a slightly damp cloth. This can be done every time the curtains need to be laundered or dry-cleaned. As most are made of non corrosive elements they also have their use in shower curtains, a place of water and steam which certainly is not the ideal place for wooden rings. You can buy rings which are manufactured with a plastic lining which allows a smoother gliding action when opening or closing curtains.
If using brass rings and poles, you have to treat them first with a sealer like clear urethane. Otherwise, your curtains could get tarnish stains.
Wooden rings and poles, especially if the wood is unfinished have all the beauty of the natural world and can easily end up being an artwork in itself. Treated wood comes in various shades and tints from neutral to deepest mahogany and thus can fit in any room or compliment any curtain material. They can be treated against termites and woodworm, so that disadvantage would be under control. They can also be repaired if they break or are damaged.
Various shades and tints are also found in metal rings, they come in fancy designs like ceramic flowers, abstract art figures, fancy animals, etc. Like wooden rings they also can be used for D.I.Y projects to decorate your rooms.
Finally, choosing metal or wooden rings for your curtains depends on three main factors: the décor, what the room is used for, and your good taste.