DIY Curtain Rod {How To Make Your Own}

I posted the reveal of my new curtains and new curtain rod on Monday.

DIY Curtains and Curtain RodToday I’m going to show you how I made the curtain rod.

DIY Curtain RodBefore deciding to make my own curtain rod, I looked high and low for something ‘different.’ I didn’t want a standard cookie-cutter rod. I thought about just using a branch, but decided I wanted something a little more sturdy and something that mixed a few different elements/textures and had a bit more character.

Then I came across this curtain rod on BHG.

Outdoor Curtain RodI loved the mix of the shiny metal with the rusty knob. I believe the rod in this image was made to be used outdoors. But, who said you couldn’t use it inside as well? So using this as my inspiration, I set out to re-create my own.

DIY Curtain Rod- Electrical Conduit

The actual rod itself is electrical conduit that I got at Lowe’s. The lengths vary, but since I only have a single window in my room, the length I got was a little too long. So the first thing I had to do was to cut it down. I asked the guy at Lowe’s if they did that in house and they said no. So, they suggested I get a metal copper tube cutter {shown in the above image} to cut it down to the size I needed.

For mounting, I bought two of these brackets to secure the rod to the wall {they are called ceiling flanges}.

DIY Curtain Rod Plumbing Plate

And then attached split ring hanger plumbing fittings to hold the rod and attach to the brackets.

DIY Curtain Rod: Plumbing Fixtures

The piece that fits between the plumbing fitting and the bracket is all thread. It comes in all different sizes. Just be sure to get the size that will fit the fittings you are using.

Based on how far I wanted my curtains to stick out from my window, I needed to cut the all thread down to two 1.5 inch pieces. I attempted to cut it down myself with a hack saw, but let’s just say I wasn’t too successful.

DIY Curtain Rod-Hacksaw

But, with the help of some guys at work, I was able to get the pieces I needed cut from it.

I wanted to find some cool knobs to attach to the ends of the rod. It took me a while to find ones I liked, but I finally scored these two at an awesome antique store that I’ll be blogging about soon.

Vintage Door Knobs

The white chippy look matches perfectly with my white chippy door that I have leaning against the wall in my room.

Super Glue

I tried to decide the best way to attach the knobs to the conduit. Ultimately I resorted to my go to resource, super glue. I just added a bit of glue around the inside rim of the knob and applied pressure until it felt secure {I realize this may not be the best way for attaching, but I knew I really wouldn’t be tugging on the knobs at all so I felt it was ok to go with the super glue option}.

DIY Curtain Rod with Knobs

The total cost for all the rod materials came to $37.22.

Here’s the breakdown::

– Electrical Conduit: $3

– Plumbing Fittings & Brackets: $3.22

-Metal Tube Cutter: $10

-All Thread: $6

-Knobs: $15

Cost wise, that’s probably what I would have paid for a standard rod.

DIY Curtain Rod Knobs-SideviewI have to say I absolutely love how it turned out!

DIY Curtain Rod

So glad I didn’t ‘settle’ on a rod I felt so-so about. For me, it was worth the extra effort and time to make something that really fit with my vision.

So, what do you think? Have you ever made a curtain rod yourself instead of going out and buying one?

Linking this up on: Home Stories A to ZBeneath My HeartUncommonDebbiedoo’s, Shabby Creek Cottage, Liz Marie, Serenity Now, Creative Kristi

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  1. says

    Hello! Found this via ReFresh ReStyle on fb 🙂 This is so industrial-chic cool. I love the look!! If you feel like sharing it… Debbie at Debbiedoo’s has a copycat challenge starting tonight that this would be perfect for 🙂 You could show it off over there. Hope to see you!

    Shannon at Fox Hollow Cottage

  2. says

    I saw you over at Debbie’s copycat party and had to stop by. You did such a great job. I would have never thought to make my own, but now that I see yours, I would totally consider it. I would love for you to stop by and link this up to my party going on right now. Hope to see you there.

  3. Lynne says

    Hi! I found you thru beneath my heart blog. I love your curtain rods! I’m really excited by the way you hung them. I have some curtain rods I love, but the bracket they hang on, hangs too far out into the room. I’m going on a search for these parts to make my own! Thanks for the great idea!

  4. says

    this is just what i needed to see i have been wanting to make my own and just hadn’t got on line yet to research how 🙂 well yours look great. im going to try to make mine with copper. thank for sharing

  5. says

    LOVE this! I just love how you mixed materials, metals and the white chippy antique door knobs. I like the industrial vibe they give to the room, yet still keeping it soft with your choice of curtain. Genius!

  6. says

    This looks gorgeous! Just the right mix of chippy and industrial. This is exactly the kind of vibe I would love my guest room to have and we are yet to hang curtains in there. Pinning for safekeeping!

  7. says

    Love this! Love that these curtain rods are inexpensive and I really love the mix of industrial and vintage. I hope you don’t mind if I include a picture with link in a post tomorrow about DIY curtain rods.

    • says

      This is definitely a more ‘permanent’ solution. I didn’t have a need to remove them. But, they do pop off pretty easily after they have been glued in case you do need to remove for any reason.

  8. Claire says

    Ok, I’m usually a fly by the seat of my pants, rusher type. But I’m in a temporary home and I buy/make stuff that I know is my permanent taste and can be used in my future permanent home in the next year. I have been patiently waiting for the right deals/price/idea for curtains and rods for my master bedroom for over a year. AND THIS is a permanent solution and for a good price! Thanks for sharing! Your creativity is RIGHT up my alley 🙂 I’ll be hitting up Home Depot tomorrow!

    • says

      That is such a good idea to make/buy stuff that you can use in the future. Thanks so much for the sweet compliment and I can’t wait to see how it turns out!

  9. Jenn says

    Thank you!!! I have been trying to figure out how to make ceiling mounts for a 1.5″ rod…although you used this for a wall mount and used 3/4″ split ring hanger, it will totally work from the ceiling and they come in all sizes. So happy I found this!!!

  10. Ray says

    Did you use a 1/2 in conduit or a 3/4 in one? It seems the lowes link is to a 3/4-in dia Split Ring Hanger

    Item #: 302049 | Model #: AV302049


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