Curtain rods can be an important part of your décor. They need to be sturdy so your shades, blinds or curtains are not dislodged during use. Decorative is a plus, but sometimes simple and unobtrusive will do. Valances can be used to hide the working mechanism of a cord-operated drape. Decorative rods can become part of your décor. Eagles, dragons or other creatures positioned at the ends help give a finished look to your window. Traverse rods can make hanging pleated curtains easy, and facilitate changing curtains for cleaning or for replacing. Valance and half curtain window treatments need rods, too.