i should be mopping the floor: DIY Plumbing Pipe Curtain Rod

Wednesday, May 4, 2016

DIY Plumbing Pipe Curtain Rod

This DIY Plumbing Pipe Curtain Rod went together easily for a fun and industrial look.
It functions B-E-A-Utifully, too!

DIY Plumbing Pipe Curtain Rod Tutorial | Complete instructions, including extra long rods.
As we work on the different rooms in this ol' house of ours, we have learned that there are definitely quirks. For instance, the four windows (well, I guess *technically* it's four sets of three windows...meaning twelve windows) across the front of the house are all in this off-beat bay-style window. I say off-beat because these little areas have their own ceilings. While in the formal living and dining rooms, I'm fine with "undressed" windows because of the peculiarity of the window design, two of these window sections are in bedrooms. While blinds would work, let's face it...if I'm not into floor-mopping guess how not into blind dusting I am? Exactly. So, we needed a new solution. This was actually our second solution. Our first one went over like an elephant pole vaulting. We crashed and burned on it. But check out how this DIY Plumbing Pipe Curtain Rod worked perfectly for our situation (and see what blew up on us, too!).



DIY Plumbing Pipe Curtain Rod Tutorial | Complete instructions, including extra long rods.
I'm kind of in love with this new curtain situation we have going on in this bedroom. It took us awhile to arrive here, but...whew...this thing works so well. I remember the numerous times we looked at this house with our realtors (who also happened to be our good friends), I would ask Jennifer..."how on earth do I dress these windows?" referring to one of these sets of bay-ish windows. We were all quite stumped. I seriously asked every friend I had over to the house, after we owned it, to give their two cents on the windows. There wasn't wall space in between the window and the "mini-ceiling" to add a curtain rod. But I worried that what we ended up doing would block that whole part of the room off when the drapes were closed. I'm so glad I didn't listen to myself...because let's face it...they're only closed at night, ding dong. Not needing to "live" in the three feet of window area once the sun goes down, y'all.


DIY Plumbing Pipe Curtain Rod Tutorial | Complete instructions, including extra long rods.
So originally, I thought I was all kinds of smarty pants when I stumbled onto this wire curtain rod system at the big blue store with four bright yellow letters on it (rhymes with eye-hee-ahh). Never mind the ridiculous drapery length here...I truly did have big plans on hemming these. I mean there's puddling and then there's just a hot mess. Pretty sure we were way beyond the hot mess line with these puppies. I digress.
We installed the wire system...and by we, I mean my husband and son. It was okay. But then, the tension would loosen. And we had annoying slack in the line to where it always looked so messy. Then we'd go to tighten the tension and THIS would happen (hand to head):

DIY Plumbing Pipe Curtain Rod Tutorial | Complete instructions, including extra long rods.
Yep, we'd tighten the line and the ding dang base poles would literally start pulling the drywall off the wall. It seriously made me a crazy person every time I walked in here. So one day, in a fit of craziness, I ripped them all down (heh, heh...not like it was hard to pull them right out of the wall). I knew if I left them, I'd just deal with the curtains in all their dysfunction. If I ripped them down, I absolutely had to put something else up that worked. I find ways of motivating myself, y'all. This room couldn't have its occupant sleep in it without curtains. 
So, my poor son was basically horrified to come home from school one day and not only find that the curtains were no more...but that his room got painted, too (oh, the horror...my walls were painted, y'all). In hindsight, I probably should have run it by him first. #momfail


DIY Plumbing Pipe Curtain Rod Tutorial | Complete instructions, including extra long rods.
I knew I wanted something in here like we had in the kitchen (above)...that industrial pipe look. But this rod was from Tar-jay, and it was the longest of its kind. It wouldn't have been big enough for the ten feet of window span I had to cover.

So hardware store it was. We were getting all kinds of DIY up in here with this one.


DIY Plumbing Pipe Curtain Rod Tutorial | Complete instructions, including extra long rods.
Here's what we used. And just to be clear, what we should have done was refer to one of the other tutorials like this out in the blog world first. Nah, we winged it. And had to make multiple trips to the hardware store to take back wrong fittings in exchange for right ones. Multiple. Trips. 
To save you multiple trips to the hardware store...here's our little guide.

DIY Plumbing Pipe Curtain Rod Components:
A) plumbing pipe (must be plumbing and not electrical conduit), these come in 5 and 10 foot lengths (worked out perfectly for us). However, if you need a smaller or different size, the hardware folks can cut and rethread your pipe for you. 
B) plumbing flange (you'll need two per rod), these are what attach the pipe to the wall
C) nipple connector (I can't even type it without blushing)
D) "T" connector...this is only if you're connecting two sections of pipe for a really long window (you'll also need a third flange). We didn't use this part in this room, but will in another room we're doing this in.
E) elbow joint...be sure to get the kind that is threaded on the INSIDE on BOTH ends (this may have been one of our trips back to the hardware store)


DIY Plumbing Pipe Curtain Rod Tutorial | Complete instructions, including extra long rods.
Here's where this system is totally different than any other curtain rod...you put the whole thing together on the ground ahead of time (curtains, rings, and all). D- flange, C- nipple connector, B- elbow, A- rod.  


DIY Plumbing Pipe Curtain Rod Tutorial | Complete instructions, including extra long rods.
Assemble one side of the rod, then slip your curtains onto the rod (I used the exact same curtains as before since it would be up a lot higher). The best way to hang these is with standard curtain clips. After your curtains are in place, assemble your other end of fittings.


DIY Plumbing Pipe Curtain Rod Tutorial | Complete instructions, including extra long rods.
Two person job: hold your rod up to your window (or up to the ceiling, where I prefer to hang my curtain rods) and mark the holes in the flange on both ends. Pull your curtain rod down and pre-drill your holes in the wall. We lucked out in that we hit studs, so we didn't need anchors. But, if you don't hit a stud, you will need anchors for these...they are way too heavy. 

After we were predrilled, we put the rod in place and used large bolts to attach it to the wall. A socket set really comes in handy here.

The whole project is not nearly as difficult as it may seem...if anything this is easier than a standard curtain rod. It just takes some finessing with the weight and length of the rod.
Just to be up front...these aren't completely cheaper than curtain rods you'd buy at the store. I'd estimate about $40 for this set up. BUT, they are a lot more durable and do not bow in the middle or need a fitting to prevent bowing. The curtains slide easily on them, too, since there isn't another rod to get caught on.


DIY Plumbing Pipe Curtain Rod Tutorial | Complete instructions, including extra long rods.
Ta da! What do you think? Would you ever put a DIY Plumbing Pipe Curtain Rod in your home?





2 comments:

  1. Love your new rods and drapes. Sometimes you just have to take action and then fix it. At least that is my way.
    Bev

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  2. Love the industrial style. Thanks for sharing at the Inspiration Spotlight party. Pinned & shared. See you again soon.

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