I’m going to show you how I made a heavy looking industrial curtain rod from inexpensive hardware store supplies. I was on a fairly tight budget for my curtains rods for the dining and living area, but I still wanted something that looked solid and substantial for our seven foot windows. There are so many different types of industrial curtain rods, but for mine I spray painted PVC pipe and used plumbing parts for the brackets and finials. They turned out exactly as I was hoping and you can never tell the difference between my plastic curtain rods and real galvanized metal.
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Step 1: Cut and spray paint PVC pipe
Using a chop saw cut the 1″ diameter PVC pipe down to length. They come in 10 foot lengths, and I cut mine down to about 9 feet. The diameter is measured as the inside diameter. So for 1″ diameter inside, the outside diameter is closer to 1.5″. This was a good size for the grommet curtains I bought.
Step 2: Assemble the brackets
Step 3: Galvanized plumbing cap finial
Step 4: Hang your industrial curtain rod
First screw the ceiling flange
to the wall. It’s a good idea to screw it into a stud. I’ve learned the hard way (after my children have swung on curtains and ripped them off the wall) to always find a stud. Then put a small amount of clear caulking or the gorilla epoxy
in the flange and screw in the threaded rod
. Then screw on the split ring hanger
and slide in the PVC curtain rod.
The plumbing cap
finial just slides in the end to finish it off and no one will ever know it’s just plastic pipe disguised as an industrial curtain rod.
For about $35 per window, I have a heavy looking and strong industrial curtain rod with three brackets and two finials. Not a bad price for a solid curtain rod!
Next week I’ll be showing you my IKEA curtain hack to get this beautiful pale aqua blue color.