DIY Industrial Curtain Rod
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.
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]
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.
Step three. Attach the tree to the end of the flange/nipple piece.
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?!
Step five. Thread the curtain clips through the rod and slide the rod between the two holders.
Step six. Screw on the end caps to each end of the rod.
Step seven. Using the curtain clips, secure your curtain panel and enjoy!
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!
DIY Industrial Pipe Curtain Rod
Make a simple and easy industrial-style DIY pipe curtain rod using piping found at an everyday home improvement store.
- 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
- Spray paint all the pieces for the curtain rod with matte black spray paint.
- Attach each nipple to a flange.
- Attach the tree to the end of the flange/nipple piece.
- Screw the flange into the wall. Make sure the two pieces are placed close enough together that there is some overhang of the rod.
- Thread the curtain clips through the rod and slide the rod between the two holders.
- Screw on the end caps to each end of the rod.
- Using the clips, secure your curtain panel and enjoy!
what size ring clips did you use…. LOVE this idea and would like to use it over my deck door!
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.
Love this!! What was the cost for this project?
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.
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!!!
Thanks so much Patsy!! Kelly did such a fantastic job with the industrial curtain rod!
Hi..love it but since you spray painted the rod miving the curtain back and forth remove the paint?
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!
Where did you get your curtain panels & how much were they?
I made the curtain panels from a drop cloth – you can check out the tutorial here: http://www.northcountrynest.com/diy-drop-cloth-curtain-panel/
It cost about $20 total 🙂
I love this! I made some similar using plastic pvc pipe, and the spray paint is holding up beautifully a year later
What kind of screws did you use? I want to put it on the ceiling as a shower curtain rod.
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.
Looks perfect! Where did you find the pipe? I have an 84” window .