Finials

A finial is a decorative item that is usually installed on the end of an object. They can be used in a multitude of ways, and they are usually made from timber. However, you can get them in all sorts of materials including, metal, glass, and stone. Most commonly you will find a finial in the ends of a curtain rod, otherwise the curtain would fall off!


Finials, (also known as pommel, gable or pinnacles) are a common feature in many architectural buildings, as they are an addon that creates a feeling of style and classical finishes. Other common uses for finials include, bannisters, gables, beds, and cabinets. But they can be used almost anywhere that there is a natural ending point.


Gable points have been used for many years, in fact the first finials date back to 700AD in Asian cultures, predominantly on pagodas and other structures. Over time with the migration of people and through communicating along trade routes, they became to be used in most countries.


Generally considered a good way to end a final piece, be it horizontally, or vertically, although the applications are nearly endless. A finial adds an interesting point of difference to any piece of furniture, building or even as a standalone element!


Some people have found that some styles of finial are perfect for using as a coat hook. With their short and stubby appearance, they will provide a solid foundation for most uses. The possibilities are interesting and inventive, what do you think you could achieve with a finial?

How Are Gables Made?

Wooden gables are often made by wood turning machines, they are made to specific requirements and to be uniform in size. Most of the time a home will need more than one gable structure, so it is very important that they’re made in a consistent fashion.


A true master wood worker can make gables by hand. They will carefully measure the diameter of their project and use other tools to create intricate shapes. Having a gable made by hand can be very expensive, and as such many that are mass-producing are done so with programmed machinery, but this doesn’t take away from the appeal of having ornate finials in your home.


Glass pommels are created by glass smiths, they are usually pressed into the shape you need. Original glass cast pommels can be very expensive as they need to be designed, and a mould created and then cast or stamped out.


A metal finial can be manufactured by a skilled metal smith or manufactured by machinery. While it is possible for them to be produced in the same shape and design, usually if you are having them made by hand, slight differences and imperfections may be added so people can tell that they’ve been made by hand, it adds a certain charm to the work.


Wood carvings are also available to be made into finials, these can be creatures, and other natural elements. The cost for a wood carved finial, is related directly to the talent that is producing them.

How to Install A Wooden Finial?

There are quite a few ways to install finials. The easiest, but weakest, is to use wood glue. If your finial has a peg or stump underneath it, you’ll need to cut that off. Get as close to the meaty part as possible, then sand the area until it’s smooth. Then apply wood glue and, checking you have the centre marked correctly, place it onto the stump.


The best way to install a wooden finial is to find the centre point of the stump that you're going to use. You can find the centre point by marking two lines on the diagonal corners. Then drill a hole that is the same diameter as the final stump. Apply wood glue and insert.

How to Attach Finials to Curtain Rods?

Attaching a final (or pommel) to a curtain rod has a few more challenges, as you’re working with a rounded surface. But the process is mostly the same, find the centre point on the rod; you can do this in several ways, but the easiest is this method:

  1. Mark two straight lines on the end of the rod (not parallel)
  2. Measure to the middle of those lines
  3. Mark a line at a 90-degree angle from those lines
  4. Where they cross is the middle point
  5. Check by measuring from the centre point to the edge, it should be the same all the way around

Once you’ve marked the centre point, drill a hole that is the same thickness as the stump on the pommel. While you could apply wood glue it may be difficult to remove later, so the preference is to insert the pommel and use a screw from the back of the curtain rod to secure it in place.

Buying Your Finial

At Restoration Online you can buy finials, and many other items for your renovation projects, including cabinetry, wheel castors, furniture hinges, escutcheons, and accessories. Feel free to browse all the items in our hardware section, we are sure that you will find something that suits your current project, or the next.


We ship Australia wide and offer a 21-day return policy, this means that anything you buy in our online shop can be returned. Our returns process is straightforward and easy for any item that does not meet the standards of our customers, and we wouldn't have it any other way!

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A finial is a decorative item that is usually installed on the end of an object. They can be used in a multitude of ways, and they are usually made from timber. However, you can get them in all sorts of materials including, metal, glass, and stone. Most commonly you will find a finial in the ends of a curtain rod, otherwise the curtain would fall off! Finials, (also known as pommel, gable or pinnacles) are a common feature in many architectural buildings, as they are an addon that creates a feeling of style and classical finishes. Other common uses for finials include, bannisters, gables, beds, and cabinets. But they can be used almost anywhere that there is a natural ending point. Gable points have been used for many years, in fact the first finials date back to 700AD in Asian cultures, predominantly on pagodas and other structures. Over time with the migration of people and through communicating along trade routes, they became to be used in most countries. Generally considered a good way to end a final piece, be it horizontally, or vertically, although the applications are nearly endless. A finial adds an interesting point of difference to any piece of furniture, building or even as a standalone element! Some people have found that some styles of finial are perfect for using as a coat hook. With their short and stubby appearance, they will provide a solid foundation for most uses. The possibilities are interesting and inventive, what do you think you could achieve with a finial?How Are Gables Made? Wooden gables are often made by wood turning machines, they are made to specific requirements and to be uniform in size. Most of the time a home will need more than one gable structure, so it is very important that they’re made in a consistent fashion. A true master wood worker can make gables by hand. They will carefully measure the diameter of their project and use other tools to create intricate shapes. Having a gable made by hand can be very expensive, and as such many that are mass-producing are done so with programmed machinery, but this doesn’t take away from the appeal of having ornate finials in your home. Glass pommels are created by glass smiths, they are usually pressed into the shape you need. Original glass cast pommels can be very expensive as they need to be designed, and a mould created and then cast or stamped out. A metal finial can be manufactured by a skilled metal smith or manufactured by machinery. While it is possible for them to be produced in the same shape and design, usually if you are having them made by hand, slight differences and imperfections may be added so people can tell that they’ve been made by hand, it adds a certain charm to the work. Wood carvings are also available to be made into finials, these can be creatures, and other natural elements. The cost for a wood carved finial, is related directly to the talent that is producing them.How to Install A Wooden Finial? There are quite a few ways to install finials. The easiest, but weakest, is to use wood glue. If your finial has a peg or stump underneath it, you’ll need to cut that off. Get as close to the meaty part as possible, then sand the area until it’s smooth. Then apply wood glue and, checking you have the centre marked correctly, place it onto the stump. The best way to install a wooden finial is to find the centre point of the stump that you're going to use. You can find the centre point by marking two lines on the diagonal corners. Then drill a hole that is the same diameter as the final stump. Apply wood glue and insert.How to Attach Finials to Curtain Rods? Attaching a final (or pommel) to a curtain rod has a few more challenges, as you’re working with a rounded surface. But the process is mostly the same, find the centre point on the rod; you can do this in several ways, but the easiest is this method: Mark two straight lines on the end of the rod (not parallel) Measure to the middle of those lines Mark a line at a 90-degree angle from those lines Where they cross is the middle point Check by measuring from the centre point to the edge, it should be the same all the way around Once you’ve marked the centre point, drill a hole that is the same thickness as the stump on the pommel. While you could apply wood glue it may be difficult to remove later, so the preference is to insert the pommel and use a screw from the back of the curtain rod to secure it in place.Buying Your Finial At Restoration Online you can buy finials, and many other items for your renovation projects, including cabinetry, wheel castors, furniture hinges, escutcheons, and accessories. Feel free to browse all the items in our hardware section, we are sure that you will find something that suits your current project, or the next. We ship Australia wide and offer a 21-day return policy, this means that anything you buy in our online shop can be returned. Our returns process is straightforward and easy for any item that does not meet the standards of our customers, and we wouldn't have it any other way!