Most curtain rods are attached to the wall or window trim on both ends. This is not the case with swing arm curtain rods. These unique rods are attached only on one side. When the draperies are closed, they appear like any other rod. But to open them, simply pull back on the rod or the draperies themselves and they swing like a door on a hinge. These swing back type rods are screwed into a bracket attached on the wall or window moulding and can open from either the left side or the right.
Many people choose swing arm curtain rods in areas where they want to open up the window to let in light or a breeze. Often you will see this type of window hardware used on the bottom half of cafe curtains in a kitchen, but they work well on draperies too. If you were to decoratively line draperies, for example, you could have them closed to display one colour of fabric, but when you swing them open and lay them flat against the wall adjacent to the window, you can display a completely new fabric and dress up the walls as well with swing arm curtain rods.