Make a long curtain rod from electrical conduit?

by Lesa

I have a 5 window turret in our living room. I want to create a long curtain rod (it will be about 105” with 4 bends). Can you please advise me on the process and honestly, if this is even feasible. I plan to hang lightweight sheers in panels. Thank you for any guidance you can provide.

Lesa Harmon

Here’s the window!

  9 answers
  • Rymea Rymea on Apr 05, 2019

    I've never done it but it looks like it would be difficult to get the angles right and install a piece that long. Three pieces would be easier and you would only be making 2 bends.

    I guess you are using metal conduit.

  • GrandmasHouseDIY GrandmasHouseDIY on Apr 05, 2019

    Hi Lesa, I think this is what you're talking about:

    I knew I had seen a blogger using electrical conduit that they bent dealing with the same kind of situation as yours.

    Here's another one too:

    I've worked with that type of pipe before and it is really easy to bend!

  • Lynn Sorrell Lynn Sorrell on Apr 05, 2019

    are you wanting one continuous rod?do you/will you have way to bend the metal conduit? you can do it in sections here is video how to set the rods/conduit up for curtains this video does show elbow used to go around wall with pipe/elbow they used pvc pipe but would work the same way you just need to check out several elbows to see which will work for degree of bend of walls.

  • Jim Cox Jim Cox on Apr 05, 2019

    Conduit can be tricky to bend, but thankfully it's cheap. You can buy a stick for $3 and a practice stick or two as well. I would guess that your radius is possible with a typical foot-bender for EMT conduit. In the past I have cut and notched for non-electrical applications, just bend at the notch. If you do cut it, sand the edges smooth with a quality 100 grit metal sandpaper

  • Susan Oglesby Canny Susan Oglesby Canny on Apr 07, 2019

    Use PVC pipe, it bends easier, is still strong and fits standard curtain rod holders. Paint it with Rustolem paint that looks like metal in the shade you want. Anyone that looks at it will never know the difference.

  • Laura Cooper Laura Cooper on Apr 07, 2019

    If you go to harbor freight, you can buy a very inexpensive conduit bender. You will need to calculate your angle or use a protractor. The bender has the angles marked. Also, you will need to bracket the pipe at each bend. These are just basic hardware brackets available at any hardware store. The pipe is sold in 12' lengths at a plumbing supply house. I recommend finding finials or using a fitting for the ends. Black pipe and conduit are covered in an oil at time of purchase. I recommend using a cleaner to remove that film before putting inside your house

    • Laura Cooper Laura Cooper on Apr 07, 2019

      Revision.... Sorry..... Conduit from electrical supply house or black pipe from plumbing supply

  • Swan Road Designs Swan Road Designs on Apr 07, 2019

    You can do what I did with similar situation in a home I previously owned. Instead of using conduit pipe I used heavy-duty flexible plumbing tubing. I measured my length and had the tubing cut to that length, plus a little more for error protection.

    I used large cup hooks at each junction and finished each outboard end with a decorative finial/ball, whatever.

    It was easy, inexpensive and invisible because I used clear tubing.

  • William William on Apr 08, 2019

    You have two choices. GandmasHouseDIY or Lynn Sorell. Electrical conduit ...your bends would not be that sharp so less kinking or splitting. But they would need to be perfect with a little wiggle room for adjustment. PVC pipe with elbows would be easier. Strength would be there due to the short lengths. Compare cost between the two and what you want to tackle. I've worked with both in different applications including electrical and plumbing.