Dowel Curtain Rod Fix

by Marlene
2 Materials
30 Minutes
I think this is a pretty good example of taking a lemon and making lemonade. I had bought a cafe curtain rod from the dollar store for a small bathroom window and when I got it home, I discovered that it came with two of the same size pieces, meaning I couldn't insert one rod inside the other like you're supposed to be able to.

As you can see, the pieces were both the same, making it impossible to use this curtain rod as intended.
In the meantime, I needed a curtain rod for my kitchen window, which, at 51" wide, would normally be too wide for one of these small rods, but when I held the two mismatched pieces end to end, they were just the right length for the kitchen window. That's when I got the idea.icon
I had a fairly thick dowel that would fit inside the two ends perfectly. The dowel is from a package I found in the dollar store that contained different widths.
Because the dowel is 12-inches long, you've got a bit of wiggle room as to how long you want the rod to be. In my case, the dowel was completely hidden inside the two pieces of cafe rod.
After attaching the hardware that came with the curtain rod, I was ready to hang my window topper, which, by the way, I also bought at the dollar store! icon
Suggested materials:
  • 12-inch dowel   (dollar store)
  • Cafe curtain rod with hanging hardware   (dollar store)
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  • Wendy Wendy on Sep 07, 2017
    I love seeing Hometalkers take matters into their own hands and 'Do it Themselves'!