A finial or hip-knob is an element marking the top or end of some object, often formed to be a decorative feature. In architecture it is a decorative device, typically carved in stone, employed to emphasize the apex of a dome, spire, tower, roof, or gable or any of various distinctive ornaments at the top, end, or corner of a building or structure. Where there are several such elements they may be called pinnacles. Smaller finials in materials such as metal or wood are used as a decorative ornament on the tops or ends of poles or rods such as tent-poles or curtain rods or any object such as a piece of furniture. These are frequently seen on top of bed posts or clocks. Decorative finials are also commonly used to fasten lampshades, and as an ornamental element at the end of the handles of souvenir spoons. The charm at the end of a pull chain (such as for a ceiling fan or a lamp) is also known as a finial.
Decorative finials complete the look of a curtain rod and they can be as understated or elaborate as you like. The rod determines which type of hardware you need; the decorative part is your choice. Hollow metal rods, whether store-bought or made from a length of metal pipe, need two caps, one for each end of the pipe. Wooden dowel or pole rods often use finials that screw into the ends of the rod, but pop-on caps also work for these rods.
Finials add function and style to windows. When curtains are hung on rods and mounted onto brackets, finials prevent panels from slipping off the ends. Stylish hardware for window treatments, however, can be expensive. To create custom finials, you need only a few dollars and an hour or two of your time.
This step might just be the easiest in your drapery hardware journey, yet just as important as any of the other steps in your window furnishing journey.
Here are the general steps to selecting your rod finials:
Select the style/design you prefer which coordinates with the rest of your hardware, drapery panels, and décor.
Finial sizes vary greatly. A finial can have a length as small as 1.5 inches or as long as 9 inches.
Always ensure to account for the space required for the finials when measuring for curtain rod width, especially when space is limited or if there are perpendicular walls, furniture, lighting or architectural details that need to be taken into consideration.
Choose a quantity of two. Note that some manufacturers sell finials and end caps in pairs, so review the product specifications on each product’s page prior to adding them to your cart; this will avoid ending up with the incorrect quantity of finials.