DIY Industrial Curtain Rod

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Kelly from North Country Nest shares a quick industrial-style design DIY with this DIY pipe curtain rod project! Add a touch of industrial chic to your home with this quick curtain rod project.

This is Kelly from North Country Nest and I am so excited to share a fun industrial DIY with you today.

This past summer, we replaced a few windows in our guest bedrooms and mudroom. They’re big and beautiful and let in so much light. This is great during the day, but not so much at night when we would prefer to have a little more privacy. Although we live out in the country, I have this thing about open windows, which may have stemmed from seeing way too many scary movies as a child. So, up went the old towels and sheets while we began the hunt for the perfect window treatment.

After coming up empty-handed at several stores (how hard is it to make curtains longer than 86 inches?! high and wide people!), I went to my old trusty friend Pinterest to see how I could DIY this problem away.

That’s when I found this great tutorial on how to DIY an industrial curtain rod. Pair that with some homemade drop cloth curtains, and we could call it a day.

Two stacked images showing an industrial DIY curtain rod. The top image is a wall-mounted rod holder; the bottom image is of a black curtain rod holding white curtains over a window. Image text overlay reads "DIY industrial curtain rod"

Supplies Needed for This DIY Pipe Curtain Rod Project:

  • One 1/2″ wide pipe, longer than your window [ours was 60 inches, already cut]
  • Two 3/4″ floor flanges
  • Two 3/4″ x 2 1/2″ nipples
  • Two 3/4″ tee joints
  • Two 1/2″ end caps
  • Curtain clips [I used five clips per panel]
All of the matte-black metal pieces needed to make a DIY industrial style curtain rod.

How to Make an Industrial-Style DIY Pipe Curtain Rod

Step one. We wanted the curtain rod to be black, so I spray painted all the pieces with matte black spray paint.

Step two. Attach each nipple (they really couldn’t think of a different name?) to a flange.

All of the pieces needed to assemble an industrial style pipe curtain rod, spray painted matte black, spread out on gray carpet.

Step three. Attach the tree to the end of the flange/nipple piece.

Two flange end pieces, fully assembled, sit on gray carpet next to a black metal rod.

Step four. Screw the flange into the wall. Make sure the two pieces are placed close enough together that there is some overhang of the rod. Full disclosure, I miscalculated and had to redo this step. Good thing we need to mud in that room anyways, right?!

A matte black wall-mounted curtain rod holder attached to the wall with 4 screws.

Step five. Thread the curtain clips through the rod and slide the rod between the two holders.

A look up at the pipe curtain rod attached to the wall, with curtain clips threaded onto the matte black pipe.

Step six. Screw on the end caps to each end of the rod.

A white linen curtain hangs from curtain clips, strung on to a matte black curtain rod, held up by a wall-mounted metal flange.

Step seven. Using the curtain clips, secure your curtain panel and enjoy!

A complete look at the DIY pip curtain rod mounted to the wall, holding two white linen curtain panels.

I am so happy with how this baby turned out – totally beats the old sheet we were using! The rest of the room looks a little like a hot mess (drywall exposed, studs exposed, etc.), but at least our window treatment is on point, right?

I hope you enjoyed this fun DIY and thank you Sarah for sharing your space with me today!

Yield: 1 Industrial Curtain Rod

DIY Industrial Pipe Curtain Rod

DIY Industrial Curtain Rod

Make a simple and easy industrial-style DIY pipe curtain rod using piping found at an everyday home improvement store.

Active Time 2 hours
Total Time 2 hours
Difficulty Easy

Materials

  • One 1/2" wide pipe, longer than your window [ours was 60 inches, already cut]
  • Two 3/4" floor flanges
  • Two 3/4" x 2 1/2" nipples
  • Two 3/4" tee joints
  • Two 1/2" end caps
  • Curtain clips [I used five clips per panel]
  • Spray paint
  • Curtains

Instructions

  1. Spray paint all the pieces for the curtain rod with matte black spray paint.
  2. Attach each nipple to a flange.
  3. Attach the tree to the end of the flange/nipple piece.
  4. Screw the flange into the wall. Make sure the two pieces are placed close enough together that there is some overhang of the rod.
  5. Thread the curtain clips through the rod and slide the rod between the two holders.
  6. Screw on the end caps to each end of the rod.
  7. Using the clips, secure your curtain panel and enjoy!

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14 Comments

    1. Thanks, Missy!
      The ring clips were just a bit larger than the 1/2 inch wide pipe. I found these at our local home improvement store in the windows/blinds section.
      Best,
      Kelly

    1. Thank you, Ashley!
      If I remember correctly (my apologies, I didn’t save the receipt!) it was about $25-$30 for everything (curtain rod only). The most expensive was the 60 inch rod – about $12.
      Best,
      Kelly

  1. Thanks for the idea. Redoing my kitchen using galvanized pipe for paper towel holder, to hang pots on, nic nac shelves, as well as my ceiling light fixture. This will blend in perfect!!!

  2. Hi..love it but since you spray painted the rod miving the curtain back and forth remove the paint?

    1. Hi Cheryl!
      I haven’t noticed any damage to the spray paint at all. If you’re concerned, you could probably spray on a polyurethane topcoat to protect the paint. 🙂
      Best of luck!

    1. You would need drywall screws with anchors or a molly screw. Either way, it will need to be anchored. Whatever color you go with for the pipe, you can touch up the screw heads with a bit of craft paint to match. It holds up well.