My house has three bay windows in it. When I bought my home I thought they were great: they let in a lot of light and looked nice from the outside. Figuring out how to drape them properly was a pain. The windows were too close together to allow for a standard curtain rod installation. Standard curtain rods were too long to fit. Shorter curtain rods fit, but then I couldn’t cover the windows properly and light spilled in around the edges. I tried getting curtains that were too wide and forcing them to billow out, but that looked odd. I eventually gave up and let light creep in through the windows.
That is, until Sedagive? suggested the Bayview flexible curtain rod by Umbra Solutions.
Photo from Bed Bath and Beyond
For about $50, the Bayview is a single curtain rod that bends in two points. The curtain rod is 5/8″ around and can extend from 56″ to 90″ long. The mounting hardware is included, and installation was pretty easy if you’re used to putting up curtain rods.
The part that I really liked was the bending elbow system. It’s brilliant, and worked a lot better than I expected. The elbow is covered by a rubberized plastic that is soft to the touch but feels pretty tough. The elbow itself feels like a series of metal coils, similar to the adjustable neck of a floor lamp.
I set each elbow into the curtain rod bracket and then extended the rods to the proper length. Once I got the brackets installed, the rest of the installation took about two minutes.
One of the things I liked best about Umbra’s Bayview curtain rod was that I didn’t have to be super precise with how the elbows looked or the alignment of the joints. The curtains were going to cover all of that up. This made installation even easier:
This all got covered up by the curtain, so I didn’t have to worry about making it perfect.
If you need a bending curtain rod to hang curtains on your bay window, the Umbra Bayview was a great deal. Yes, style options are limited (same style, just three different colors), but it sure beat morning sunshine blasting in around the edges of each curtain.
Keep an eye out for the coupons Bed, Bath & Beyond frequently sends out, and you can easily get the rod for less than the retail price.