DIY Copper Curtain Rods That Wont Break The Bank

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1.5 Hours
Have you seen West Elm's Industrial Curtain Rods? I've kind of fallen in love with them, but the price after exchange & shipping would kill my wallet. So I put my brain to work to create two of them ( in copper ) for under 19 dollars. Go grab a cup of coffee as we have a mini tutorial & video awaiting you!
West Elm Curtain Rods
Above are the lovely West Elm's take on the Industrial Curtain Rod. Thing is, I don't really think they're worth over 70+ US Dollars before taxes. Do you? In this blog, I'll tell you how to get two of these rods, in your custom color & dimensions for under 20 dollars. If you're doing the easy math, that's less than 10 dollars a curtain rod! It's fast, easy and the end results are pretty stunning.

1/2″ Copper Tubbing Cut to the length you need.

2 Flanges per curtain rod

2 Elbow tubbing per rod

Spray Paint

Screws To Hang

2 Joining Adapter
We cut our rod to 36″ In length as that’s what we needed, and with the same piece of 1/2″ copper tubbing we cut two 1″ pieces that is between the elbow and the screwed end. Make sense? If you cannot cut these pieces at home, you can have all the cuts made at your local hardware store. In this case, it was Home Depot. See our quick video on how everything fits perfectly together. Pretty self explanatory, but just in case.

This is what it will look like all put together, not spray painted yet. so grab your spray paint and spray. We like to do two coats. We used Rustoleum Hammered Spray Paint, In Copper. It matches our dresser pulls from this DIY of the boys dresser.
..And you’re done. The easiest and cheapest curtain rods ever! Check out our completed pictures – I love them, so fun for a kids room or a modern/mid century room!
What do you think of the easiest DIY Copper Curtain Rods? Like them more than the West Elm Version? I do. In person they’re so glossy and high end looking, and it cost us 18.73 after everything! You can’t even buy one ugly curtain rod for that. Huge steal for us! We already had the curtains that we purchased from Homesense over three years ago. Stay tuned for a whole room reveal and a few more mini DIY projects. In the next few days we will be featuring the easiest DIY Barn Door. Under 50 bucks and anyone can make one. I’m serious guys, anyone.

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Suggested materials:
  • 1/2" Copper Tubing   (Hardware Store)
  • 2 Flanges   (Hardware Store)
  • 2 1/2" Connectors   (Hardware Store)
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Jessica-Sara Morris
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  • 3115804579 3115804579 on Apr 22, 2016
    Why the paint? Could the copper be natural and left to patina.

  • Tina Youngers Tina Youngers on May 04, 2016
    My husband said these 2 metals over time will start to fall apart from the chemical reaction of copper and galvanized metals? Have you had this problem?

  • Edie Fitzgerald Saville Edie Fitzgerald Saville on Dec 28, 2016
    How do you change the curtains? It looks like once you put up the rod, you're stuck with whatever you chose until you you remove the flange from the wall.

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  • Juliana Juliana on Feb 09, 2019

    Love this idea. Thanks for sharing

  • SnowKnitty SnowKnitty on Sep 26, 2019

    To save a bit more money, you can use copper bell hangers and end caps instead of the flanges, elbows, and adapters. The copper bell hangers are available in plumbing supply houses for under a buck a piece. The end caps cost even less. And the front face of the hangers can be easily unscrewed if you want to take the rod down.

    It gives you a different look - a little lighter and less industrial. I darkened my copper with a spray of baking soda and water. As you can see, the hangers and end caps didn't react the same way as the rod. I suspect they have a coating I didn't strip off well at all!