DIY Industrial Curtain Rod


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.

DIY Industrial Curtain Rod

The Supplies

  • 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]

DIY Industrial Curtain Rod

The Process

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.

DIY Industrial Curtain Rod

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

DIY Industrial Curtain 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?!

DIY Industrial Curtain Rod

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

DIY Industrial Curtain Rod

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

DIY Industrial Curtain Rod

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

DIY Industrial Curtain Rod

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!

All my best,


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This Post Has 13 Comments

  1. Missy

    what size ring clips did you use…. LOVE this idea and would like to use it over my deck door!

    1. NorthCountryNest

      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.

  2. Ashley

    Love this!! What was the cost for this project?

    1. Kelly

      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.

  3. Patsy

    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!!!

  4. Cheryl it but since you spray painted the rod miving the curtain back and forth remove the paint?

    1. NorthCountryNest

      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!

  5. Amy

    Where did you get your curtain panels & how much were they?

  6. Jessica

    I love this! I made some similar using plastic pvc pipe, and the spray paint is holding up beautifully a year later

  7. Melinda

    What kind of screws did you use? I want to put it on the ceiling as a shower curtain rod.

  8. Suzanne

    Looks perfect! Where did you find the pipe? I have an 84” window .

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