First, an apology.. I know I’ve been posting a lot less frequently recently, but I’ve battled a brutal cold, a sick toddler and about a million-and-one things to get done each day. I really hope in the next week or two, I can get back to my original schedule of posting (almost) every day.
Anyway, I have a thing for curtains- I love them! I think they make a room look so warm and inviting and welcoming! In this new house, I am putting curtains in pretty much every room- all three bedrooms, the office and the living room. I love curtains, but I don’t love the cost of curtain hardware. It’s insane what some places charge for a rod to hold up a piece of fabric, am I right guys?
DIY Cheapest Curtain Rod Ever
1/2″ electrical metallic conduit (electrical department of home improvement store)
L brackets (two for a smaller window; three for a larger one)
Nut & matching bolt (to attach L bracket to straps)
Straps to hold conduit
hacksaw (optional, to cut the conduit)
Ok, here is the complete bracket on the wall. You can see the various components here. It looks just like a commercial, store-bough curtain bracket, doesn’t it?
Here is the anatomy of the complete bracket, and how all the pieces attach together!
Use the screws that come with the L bracket to attach the L bracket to the wall. If your rod is really long or if your curtains are very heavy, you may want to find longer screws.
For the ends of the rods, I didn’t want to leave them bare, although functionally I could have (it still would have worked fine). So I improvised and got a little creative! I stuff a piece of styrofoam really tightly into the open ends of the pipe. Cut a piece of styrofoam that you think won’t fit, and then jam it in there.
Then, I simply found a cabinet knob for a buck in the hardware section and hot-glued it to the end of the pipe. By putting the styrofoam in first, it gave the knob and hot glue a little more to grab onto! Make sure you use plenty of hot glue. You won’t be able to see the glue once the rod is up on the wall!
The knob ends of this curtain rod will not fall off during normal use, but when I need to change the curtains or wash them, I can simply one knob off, slide off the curtains, and then re-glue it back when necessary.
I love the way they came out! If you have a long window, you won’t beat the price of curtain rods using metallic electrical conduit- it’s only 2 bucks for a 10 foot length! Incredible, isn’t it? Happy window dressing, friends!