DIY Curtain Rod | Extra Large and Kid Proof

6 Materials
2 Hours

If you have a large set of windows, a bay or corner window, or even a regular sized window, this tutorial is a great way to get a custom curtain rod for cheap. Not only is a curtain rod made of pipe very inexpensive to construct, it is also much more durable than most of the affordable store bought options. I mean, my four kids haven't been able to break a single one of the pipe curtain rods we have put together. Yah!

Be sure to check out my blog for even more detailed instructions!

Before gathering your supplies, measure your windows to see how much pipe you will need. If you want to add angles, such as my 90 degree angle, add about 6-12 inches onto your total length.

I decided to use 1/2 inch electrical conduit for this project, because it is still pretty sturdy, and is crazy cheap. You can also use plumbing pipe if you like, but that will cost quite a bit more.

Cut your pipe to length using a saw or tube cutter. I ended up using a hack saw when my tube cutter proved to be too old and rusty. With a little muscle, a tube cutter is an inexpensive option for those without a huge stockpile of tools. It will just take a bit of muscle.

Also, I noticed that my hardware store offered pipe cutting, threading and bending. Definitely explore that option if you don't have the tools!

Spray paint your pipe unless you like the industrial chrome look. I used my hot glue gun to attach some wooden drawer knobs to cover the open pipe ends.

If you glue knobs to the ends of your pipe, be sure to add your curtain rings before gluing the knobs. However, if your curtain has a rod pocket, small knobs should fit through that.

If you are making a very long rod, you may need to connect pipe pieces with a coupling. I used a compression coupling to make my pipe longer.

If using couplings, position them strategically so that they don't interfere with the sliding of the curtains. If possible, try to use a solid piece of pipe for convenience sake.

Mount your curtain rod to the wall using screw in wall hooks. These are way more heavy duty that regular curtain hooks. I spray painted mine matte black to match the rod.

Once your rod is mounted, you can hang your curtains and enjoy!

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Heather Cammack

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Have a question about this project?

3 of 7 questions
  • Stephanie Carillo
    on May 10, 2019

    How do you move the curtains past the wall support? Do you have enough curtain to completely cover both windows!

    • Heather Cammack
      on May 15, 2019

      I'm not really moving my curtains, they are just there for the cozy vibes. If you want to use curtains for privacy or light blocking, you will need to place the wall supports in between curtain panels because you can't move the curtains past them. Just like you would with any store bought curtain rod.

  • Michele
    on May 10, 2019

    I Love this. Thank you for Posting it. I was looking for something to use for my deck. Great idea. Thanks

    • Heje
      on Jul 15, 2019

      Using this method outside was also my first thought! thanks for the inspiration. Did you spray paint the outside pipes?

  • Ashley
    on May 11, 2019

    How did you attach the pipe to the wall?

    • Tammy
      on Jun 9, 2019

      You can also use dail rods to make curtain rods

Join the conversation

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  • Cecilia
    on Jun 18, 2019

    Great job!

  • Doreen Kennedy
    on May 4, 2020

    Great curtain rods and curtains. We make all our own too. No children in our house, but my husband has been known to pull a few curtains down. Go figure an athlete that’s like a bull in a China shop. My point is that I’d rather have less expensive and sturdy than costly and whimpy home goods. Good for you!

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