DIY $5 Curtain Rod
Curtains are great for softening up and adding texture to a space. I've been looking to buy curtain rods for our bedroom but they can be expensive. Every rod I found was over $20, and the ones that were cheaper had horrible reviews about the rods bending or breaking. I had a feeling we could do them a little cheaper, and I was right- It only took $10 for all of these materials (other than the spray paint), and I got 2 complete rods out of it! They were very easy to make and only took about an hour.
The shopping list and process is similar to the one I used when making my DIY floating outdoor curtains.
What you'll need:
1/2 in. x 10 ft electrical conduit (not pictured)
3/4 in. one hole strap (2 per rod)
3 in. corner brackets (2 per rod)
1/2 in. screws (2 per rod)
Step 1: Measure and cut pipe
I cut my rods to about 4.5ft each. I used a pipe cutter to cut mine, but Home Depot can also cut them for you if you don't have one.
A good tip for curtains is to always hang them high and wide. This helps your windows look bigger! My windows were tricky because they were close to corners, so I went as high as I could, but I could only go a few inches outside of the window frame.
Step 2: Spray paint
Spray all of the accessories for your brackets, and the pipe (not pictured)
Step 3: Assemble brackets
Once everything is dry, connect the one hole straps to the corner brackets using the screws. You will need two complete brackets per curtain rod.
Step 4: Hang
Remeasure and hung up the brackets. The rod will sit simply across them.
I let the rods hang a few inches of over the end of each bracket, so keep in mind how much overhang you want when you're deciding where to place your brackets.
This was a great alternative to buying curtain rods. It was simple to do, and was significantly cheaper than two 5 foot rods would have been. Gotta love a low budget, high impact DIY!
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RichandTammy Whiteside on Aug 18, 2020
This is the $$$best$$$ idea! I paid a lot of money for my old fashioned rods and they drive me crazy with the dangling cords for opening & closing. One window with two side sliders is about 9 feet long and this would be great. Using with stronger angles I could attach multiple rods for sheers + drapes. Thank you for posting this!