Umbra Twilight Double Curtain Rod 48 to 88-Inch

Last updated date: June 15, 2020

DWYM Score
9.4

Umbra Twilight Double Curtain Rod 48 to 88-Inch

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Overall Take

Not only is this curtain rod attractive, but it's double-rod design blocks out light and provides extra insulation. You can even add a blackout curtain, which is a bit thicker than traditional curtains. This type of curtain has the added benefit of noise reduction. You'll find the rods are sold in a pewter, brass and matte nickel finish. In our analysis of 29 expert reviews, the Umbra Umbra Twilight Double Curtain Rod 48 to 88-Inch placed 2nd when we looked at the top 13 products in the category. For the full ranking, see below.

Editor's Note June 15, 2020:
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Expert Summarized Score
0.0
4 expert reviews
User Summarized Score
9.2
3,693 user reviews
Our Favorite Video Reviews
What experts liked
This is a great double curtain rod designed to add a touch of class to your rooms. The functional modern design which boasts an innovative and attractive wrap-around design, allows the curtains and drapery panels to rest against the wall while blocking sunlight comfortably. The adjustable length which stretches from 88 inches to 144 inches, makes it ideal for a wide range of window sizes.
- The 10 Pro
For anyone who wants the benefits of blackout curtains but doesn't like the look of the fabric, the Umbra Twilight Room Darkening Double Curtain Rod is perfect. The double rod allows two curtains to be hung with only one wall-mounting system.
- Business Insider
These double curtain rods are made of premium-quality metal and tested to ascertain the quality. The modern wrap-around design helps to reduce noise and block light from penetrating the room. The elegant design elevates the beauty of every bedroom.
- Top Ten Product Review
The curtain rod set is simple to set up because it comes with everything you need to do setup quickly without requiring a curtain rod bracket. If you combine it with a blackout curtain or a light blocking curtain, it insulates your room to keep your house warm and noise free. With its durable construction, you can use the rod for long without experiencing problems. The curtain is sturdy and stable enough to hold even the heavy fabrics.
- Top Ten Products
What experts didn't like
Hardware must be mounted to wall surface leaving screw holes upon removal.
- Business Insider

From The Manufacturer

Fitting right to the wall, the Twilight Double Curtain Rod is an essential curtain accessory for blocking out light and insulating the room. Being able to support two curtains with its double rod design, this double curtain rod provides function and style. Twilight was created by bending the rod to allow panels to fit flat against the wall, preventing light from peaking through. This double curtain rod set is easy to set up and does not require a curtain rod bracket. Comes with all mounting hardware and easy to follow assembly instructions. Telescoping double rod has a 3/4-inch diameter front rod and 5/8-inch diameter back rod, and is available in 3 sizes to accommodate most windows. When combined with a blackout curtain or light blocking curtains Twilight will help insulate your room, blocking winter’s cold drafts, as well as outdoor noise.

Overall Product Rankings

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Overall Score: 9.6
Expert Reviews: 0
Umbra Twilight Double Curtain Rod 48 to 88-Inch
2. Umbra Twilight Double Curtain Rod 48 to 88-Inch
Overall Score: 9.4
Expert Reviews: 4
KAMANINA Curtain Rod Single Drapery Rod, 72 to 144 In.
3. KAMANINA Curtain Rod Single Drapery Rod, 72 to 144 In.
Overall Score: 9.4
Expert Reviews: 1
Ivilon Square Window Curtain Rod, 28 to 48 In.
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Overall Score: 9.4
Expert Reviews: 3
Umbra Twilight Double Curtain Rod Set, 88 to 144 In.
6. Umbra Twilight Double Curtain Rod Set, 88 to 144 In.
Overall Score: 9.2
Expert Reviews: 4
AmazonBasics Curtain Rod with Cap Finials, 36 to 72 In.
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Overall Score: 9.2
Expert Reviews: 1
Rose Home Fashion Curtain Rod with Cap, 72 to 144 In.
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Overall Score: 9.1
Expert Reviews: 0
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10. Kenney Chelsea Decorative Curtain Rod, 28-48 In.
Overall Score: 9.0
Expert Reviews: 3
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12. Beme International Decopolitan Rod Set, 72 to 144 In.
Overall Score: 8.8
Expert Reviews: 0
Bali Blinds Rod Set, 28-48 In.
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Overall Score: 7.7
Expert Reviews: 4

An Overview On Curtain Rods

In strictly utilitarian terms, curtain rods are there for support. And if that’s all they were, picking a curtain rod would be easy. After all, you’d just be looking for a relatively sturdy rod of steel or wood, meant to hold up some heavy sheets of fabric.

In reality, a well-chosen curtain rod can be just as much a component of your decor as the curtains themselves. Get the finials just right and you’ve got a synchronized look that complements not just the curtain but the room around it. Choose poorly and you’ve got a crucial design element that stands out — and not in a good way.

Before you give any thought to style, make sure you get the size and materials right. That will mean spending some time at your window with a tape measure. As a general rule, the edges of your curtain rod should extend 3-6 inches past the window frame on either side. That means your curtain rod should be about 6 inches to a foot bigger than your window. Don’t worry too much about getting one that’s exactly the right measurement. Most rods will either telescope or have a spring-loaded mechanism of some sort that allows you to adjust their length.

You’ll also want to get a curtain rod that’s the right thickness. Anything smaller than one inch in diameter might be too flimsy for your needs, especially with heavier grommet-style curtains or those made of heavy, quilt-like material. But you won’t want to get anything that’s too thick either, especially if you’re using curtains with the common casement mounting style. (That’s a curtain that hangs by way of a pocket sewn into the fabric at the top.)

Of course, some materials might be stronger than others. No matter what your curtain rod is made of, non-telescoping models are generally a little more sturdy — though certainly less versatile. The typical curtain rod will be made of aluminum, stainless steel or some other form of metal, with plastic a less common option. You might also find older curtain rods that are made of wood, which can definitely evoke a classic feel. Metal is the most common material for a reason. It’s durable and if it’s treated properly won’t corrode. Most importantly, it’s less prone to sag under the weight of heavy curtains, though telescoping rods might still bow if they’re stretched too long or improperly installed. Plastic rods are more likely to bend, and wooden rods even more so. What’s more, these bends in the wood can become permanent over time. This can be mitigated by rotating the rod periodically, but if you’re not up for that level of maintenance, a steel curtain rod is your best option.

No matter what type of construction you choose from a durability perspective, you may also want to choose with an eye to style. It’s true that for the most part, it is the curtain and not the curtain rod that will draw the most focus. If your curtain attaches by way of a casement or rod “pocket,” you won’t even see most of the rod at all. The same is true of back tab curtains where attachment loops on the back will hide the rod from the front. On the other hand, if you are hanging grommet curtains, you may want to choose a complementary color or style. Grommet-style curtains hang by way of loops designed to make pleats in the fabric, and this ends up showing a good amount of the curtain rod itself. If you’d like to draw less attention to the rod, it’s best to pick a color that blends into the paint scheme of the wall behind it.

Even if your curtain rod isn’t showing at all, there’s still one important style element to consider: The finial. A finial is a decorative element that sits at the top of any pole. In the case of curtain rods, these are the toppers at either end. They can be ornate, miniature sculptures or simple, functional knobs. In the case of some curtain rods, you can replace the finials to suit your needs.

Finials can be a great accent that enhances the effect of your curtain and the larger room around it. Make sure you match the style to the decor, though. Large formal rooms might call for ornate crystal finials, but maybe not a patio where the rest of the furniture is rattan or some other rustic material. You can easily find finials that match the patterns on a curtain — carved flowers for floral themes, diamond shapes or other geometric shapes for patterns that have that motif. Feel free to have fun in children’s rooms, dens or playrooms by using finials shaped like baseballs, ship’s mastheads or other whimsical items.

DWYM Fun Fact

Samuel Scottron was a man of many passions. The inventor and black rights activist was probably best known in his day for establishing a patent on the curtain rod in 1892, and he’s also credited with inventing the hand strap that trolley passengers hang onto as they ride. These days, he’s probably better known as the great-grandfather of singer and actress Lena Horne.

The Curtain Rod Buying Guide

  • When installing curtains, length is the primary measurement you’ll have to make, but it’s not the only one. During installation, place your curtain rod brackets about 6-8 inches above the top of the window frame. This will help the window and the room itself appear bigger. If low ceilings prevent you from going that high, just get as high as you can without impeding the installation.
  • Another note on installation: Make sure your brackets are positioned in a way that doesn’t stop the curtain from opening or closing. In most cases, brackets will go only at the middle of the window and at either end, but with larger windows you may need to get creative.