Why are curtain rods and their accompanying hardware so stinking expensive? If you dress your windows with items bought at a mid-priced store like Target, you could end up paying more for the curtain rods than for the curtains! I came up with a solution that looks great and saves so much money. Keep reading to see how to make your own PVC conduit curtain rods!
PVC Conduit Curtain Rods and DIY Rod Hardware
WHAT YOU NEED TO MAKE YOUR OWN CURTAIN RODS
My made-over sunroom has 8 windows because a sunroom kind of fails at its job if it doesn’t let in the sun. I wanted to hang sheers in the room to have some privacy and because I think window treatments just make a room look finished. There was no way I was going to shell out the $50+ PER WINDOW that it would have cost to buy everything from the store.
I prevented one considerable expense by sewing the curtains myself and created another huge saving by DIYing the rods and hardware. I did some internet research and my dad and I were able to put up curtains all the way around the room for far less than the cost of store-bought with a simple trip to the hardware store!
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- 1 inch galvanized steel pipe straps
- nuts and bolts
- corner brace
- 1-inch PVC conduit
- spray paint
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HOW TO MAKE CHEAP DIY CURTAIN RODS
You can save a fortune by making your own curtain rods, especially if your room calls for extra long curtain rods. Measure the width of your window well, and cut the PVC pipe slightly longer than that to have enough room to hang the rods on the anchors.
Instructions for DIY Curtain Rods and Hardware
- Assemble the curtain rod brackets.
Use a pair of pliers to bend the outside edge of the pipe strap back toward itself in a small loop. Attach the pipe strap to the corner bracket with a bolt and a nut. Spray the new brackets with a few coats of white spray paint and let them dry.
- Create the correct lengths of the conduit curtain rod.
Use a hacksaw to cut the conduit to size. If you are making a long curtain rod, you will want to piece together sections with a wooden dowel wrapped in duct tape to prevent them from slipping.
- Spray paint the conduit.
Tip: I jammed some dowels down into our lawn and put a section of PVC conduit over each so I could spray paint the pipe in the round.
- Installing the curtain rods.
The DIY hardware screws to the wall like any other curtain rod hardware. The PVC sits down in the DIY rod hardware, then you can pinch the pipe strap tight to secure the new curtain rods in place.
CONDUIT CURTAIN RODS IN OUR SUNROOM
For our sunroom, I gave the PVC a few coats of Krylon ColorMaster in metallic gold. It’s a very warm gold color that looks quite a bit like brass.
You can save a bucketful of money by making your own curtain rods and hardware if you are willing to put in the time.