How to Make a Drapery Rod Fit a Bay Window

4 Materials
45 Minutes

Have you ever found yourself in this predicament? You’re styling a room and want to dress the windows up with some draperies…only to realize you CAN’T find a curtain rod that will hang inside your bay window and if you do find one it's super expensive. Super frustrating right?!! We’ve been there! Come take a look and see how we created our own DIY custom rod to fit inside a bay window!

For this bay window we purchased 2 drapery rods, one for the large window and the other to be used over the 2 smaller windows. We began by hanging the rod over the large window first. Once the rod is secured into place, we measured how long the rods needed to be for the 2 smaller windows.

We cut the rod to fit the smaller windows with a screw feed pipe cutter. For more details on how to use a pipe cutter, please visit our website for the full post.

I know this is the moment you’ve all been waiting for! You may be asking “Okay so they’ve hung the middle rod, and cut the 2 smaller rods for the other windows, but how in the world are they going to join the 3 rods together?” We used a 3/4″ 45° elbow joint from the local hardware store to connect the two rods together. The elbow came in silver so we simply added a coat of spray paint to match the curtain rod.

Since the elbow is meant to screw onto adjoining electrical conduit and our curtain rod isn’t threaded like those would be, we needed something to create some “grip” for the elbow to fit onto. We used black electrical tape to wrap the end of the large rod, to create this “grip”.

Once the electrical tape has been placed on both ends of the large rod you can twist the elbow into place. Use as much electrical tape as needed to make the fitting tight.

Hang the curtain rods onto the brackets, secure the ends with finials and we are done!

If you would like to see other DIY's (Board & Batten Wall, Dresser Refresh, Coastal Orb Chandelier, Restoration Hardware Style Bed Finish, No Sew Drapery Hem, SaltWash Finish Console Table) in this coastal master bedroom retreat please visit our website.

Thanks for stopping by! We hope we were able to inspire you to dive into a project of your own! If you give this Bay Window Curtain Hack a try, let us know how it goes, we’d love to hear from you.


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  • ORIET ORIET on Nov 25, 2019

    Where did you get the napkins?

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  • Lee Lee on Oct 24, 2019

    To more fully understand and appreciate the final design I would like to see a photo of the rods without the draperies, please. Or maybe take down two drapery panels from one side. Thank you.

  • C Crow C Crow on Oct 24, 2019

    Beautiful room and such a quick and do-able solution! Your room is lovely.

    • Sunny Side Design Sunny Side Design on Oct 24, 2019

      Thank you so much. We invite you to keep following along, we’ve have one more project that will be posted on our website this weekend and next week we will be posting a video tour of the completed room.