DIY Industrial Curtain Rods February 07, 2013 02:47 18 Comments
So I'm assuming you noticed the AWESOME curtain rods we made for our lovely new curtains, right? If you're like me and don't really love traditional curtain hardware, this is a wonderful option!
And really easy!
I like easy.
The most difficult part was finding someone at the home improvement store to cut the pipe for me! OK, even that was pretty easy.
For each curtain rod, you'll need:
 1/2" black iron floor flanges  1/2" x 1" black steel nipples (longer if you'd like your rods further out from the wall. in the picture above we used 2.5", but have switched to 1")
 1/2" black iron elbows  1/2" black steel pipe cut to your dimensions
Rust-oleum Spray Paint in Hammered Metal
At the home improvement store you'll find the steel pipe in various shorter lengths, but also in something like 10 foot lengths as well. They can cut all of the pipe and re-thread it to work with the fittings. This is especially good to note when doing more than one window. Much cheaper to have 1 10' pipe cut down into 3 sections than to use the almost-correct-length shorter pipe.
The pipe in particular will be greasy.
This isn't Pottery Barn. :)
This stuff is made to be put in the ground for gas lines. So, use mineral spirits to clean it up, along with the other pieces.
Go ahead and screw all the pieces together in the arrangement shown above. With the hammered metal spray paint, give the whole thing a good coat and after it dries, give it another.
Once it's completely dry — I'd give it AT LEAST 24 hours, longer if you can stand it — and you're ready to attach your curtain rod to the wall!
You will need to put your curtains onto the rod before hanging them. You won't be able to change out your curtains easily. However, if this is a must, I recommend using rings with clips to hang your curtains, but you'll still need to thread the rings onto the rod before it goes on the wall.
I'm perhaps a tad paranoid and hate putting anything on the wall that isn't attached to a stud, so I highly recommend anchoring your rod to a wall stud. Building codes dictate that you'll have about 3" of wood on either side of a window opening, which is helpful to know. If you don't anchor them into the stud, make sure you use the proper hardware to attach them to the drywall, just like you would need to with any curtain rods.
Once it's up, step back and enjoy!
You might even want to start practicing saying, "Thanks! I made them!" cuz you're going to start hearing it a lot. ;)
xoxo Lori Danelle