The Thrifty Way to Hang Curtains

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Our sunroom renovation is still underway and after painting and laying a new floor, I really wanted to soften the whole space but not lose any light whatsoever.
I decided sheer curtain panels would look very romantic and soften the space but then I started looking for hardware and I was shocked at how much it cost! The room is large so I would need 3 rods over 10ft and and 12 brackets. The brackets alone were not in my budget since they ranged from $5-$10 each! So I had to get creative.
I went to Lowes and purchased 4 - 10ft electrical conduit pipes (which were only about $3 a piece!) along with these brackets to attach them to the wall (about $3 for 10!). They worked since this was a sunroom and I didn't need to open and close the curtains freely, I just wanted to soften the space, the rod could be a little tight against the wall. (But the panels actually do move well anyway)
I sprayed the pipes and brackets with Rustoeum's Hammered Silver spray paint and using Ikea's sheer white panels that are only $3.99 per PAIR! I hung them up in our sunroom. I love the way they turned out!
Tara Boettger
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  • Andrea H Andrea H on Jan 07, 2016
    Very clever...prolly a better result then conventional anyway. You screwed the brackets into the aluminum walls?
  • Anna Ibarra Anna Ibarra on Sep 14, 2016
    Did you use finials?
  • Mary Beth Ogle Mary Beth Ogle on May 23, 2018

    I could not find these panels on the Ikea website. Do you recall the name of the curtain?

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  • Pip Pip on May 27, 2018

    Love the look of the 'rods', looks very nice close to the wall. Ikea curtains are pretty inexpensive too but I like your idea better!

    • Pip Pip on May 27, 2018

      The rod being the full length of the wall looks great too!

  • Pam Pam on Jul 14, 2023

    if you wanted a little more space you could get a wood board 1X3 and cut into squares ,, paint white and mount the squares ,then mount the brackets on top , using the bracket screws to mount both together.