Happy Saturday, folks! I hope you all had a wonderful 4th of July. Alabama is in the middle of some sort of monsoon, so our 4th involved my brother grilling in the rain, the entire family attempting to entertain my five year old and eighteen month old cousin, and a nap on my parents couch with the hubby. Still a great day with family, but the rain did put a damper on the usual pool and firework fun!
Anyways, let’s get back to today’s tutorial. When I gave you guys the house June update the other day, I gave you a speak peak at our bedroom curtains. I knew I wanted something with an industrial look for the bedroom. I also loved the look of curtain rods that wrap around the entire room, like this one below.
I think the curtains and curtain rods help make the space feel so more luxurious. Is that an actual thing? Luxurious curtain rods? Maybe. IF there is such a thing as a luxurious curtain rods I am pretty sure it would be the kind that wraps around the room. Generally speaking, if I REALLY like something it means it is probably expensive, and more than likely it is THE most expensive option. It’s a gift I have. A talent really. You can walk me into a store, rip off all the tags, and 9 times out of 10 I will pick out the most expensive item. Just ask Ryan 🙂
Well, luckily for Ryan I couldn’t actually find the curtain rods that wrap around the corner. *Womp womp* I did find several industrial curtain rods that I really liked. This one from Pottery Barn, this one from West Elm, and this one from Serena & Lily. What I did not like about these options was the price tag: $250-$300 FOR THREE WINDOWS!
Not in the budget, y’all. We still have two whole bathrooms to finish and a bajillion other things to buy, so frugal is the name of the game right now.
Enter: DIY Curtain Rods. After some googling and Pinteresting (totally verbs), I settled on using plumbing parts. We decided to use 3/4″ galvanized pipe, which can be picked up from a hardware store like Lowe’s or Home Depot.
What is not shown in the picture above is the 3/4″ Nipple fitting. I’m not making that up. Not sure why someone thought nipple was a good name, but whatever. This is what it looks like.
We also picked up a can of Rust-oleum metallic spray paint.
I gave everything a coat of spray paint, except for the nipple fittings. I also tried to avoid getting paint inside any of the threading.
You will need to remove a couple stickers before spray painting – just fyi!
After two or three light coats of spray paint, all of the plumbing parts are ready to go. I am going to encourage you to do a test fitting of all the pieces while it is still on the ground, just to be sure everything works like it needs to.
You can see in the picture above, the pipe threads into the 90 degree elbow. The elbow and flange are connected with the nipple fitting. All you have to do is twist everything together. It’s that easy!!! Even a caveman could do it.
Once you have made sure all the parts are fitting well, time to grab your curtains and an extra set of hands! If you are using curtains with grommet holes, you need to put the curtains on before hanging the curtain rod. If you are using clip rings, you will need to put the rings on before putting up the curtain rod.
Getting the curtain rod on the wall is definitely a two person job. You will also need a drill, screws, and a step stool (unless you are a giant).
I have no photos of the actual going up process because it required all hands on deck! I held up one end of the rod while Ryan held up the other. He would attach his end to the wall, and then come attach mine. Then, repeat.
With all flanges attached, step back and admire your work!
Since we decided to create the look of one long curtain rod above the bed, we used a tee fitting in the center to connect the two pieces of pipe as well as attach it to the wall with a flange. You can see it right above the bed in the picture below.
There you have it! Industrial curtain rods. Here’s a quick review.
Here is our material list & cost break down:
- 2 – 6′ 3/4″ galvanized pipe – $17 each
- 1 – 5′ 3/4″ galvanized pipe – $17
- 5 – 3/4″ galvanized floor flanges – $5.60 each
- 4 – 3/4″ 90 degree elbow fitting – $1.90 each
- 1 – 3/4″ Tee fitting – $2.90 each
- 5 – 3/4″ Nipple fittings – $1.50 each
Total cost for all three windows was around $97. $30 a window is a lot better than $100 a window in my book!
Has anyone else DIY-ed curtain rods before? Any other ideas besides pipe material? Here are a couple other tutorials about industrial curtain rods – Here and here. How was your 4th of July holiday?