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DIY Curtain Rods

Curtain rods can get really expensive, really fast. In yet another effort to save money on our home decor, I make my own curtain rods! It’s actually super easy. Here’s the quick breakdown:

Supplies:
• 1 set of rod holders ($9)
• 1 set finials ($2)
• 1 8′ dowel rod ($11)

I start at Lowe’s, which is pretty much my mecca of all things DIY. My favorite rod holders are these babies.

Allen + Roth, for about $9 for two, and they come in different colors. I have the walnut shade in my living room, and I stained my dowel rod and finials to match. My bedroom rods are white, as you can see here. Speaking of finials, Lowe’s has 3 varieties: small, medium, and large. These are the medium, and it’s about 2 bucks for a pack of two.

This is my super handy painting method. I also put screws into the ends of the dowel rods and suspend them from two patio chairs when I paint them. Makes rotating very easy! Though I’m still getting the hang of this whole photographing the step-by-step process so I don’t have a photo of my rods. Sorry :( Just know that I cut them down to about 76 inches (the length of my window is 72 inches, so I added a 2 inch overhang to each side) and then painted them with two coats of semi-gloss white. Once it dried, I drilled a hole in the center and screwed in my finials. Voila! A lovely hardwood 6′ long curtain rod and holders for $22. Not too shabby!

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3 comments

  1. Nellie

    Dude! That is so smart and so much cheaper than the long metal ones. I’m going to try this next time I need a rod.

  2. Barbara

    I wanted the rods that are only long enough for a panel of curtains on each side of my windows. I have semi-sheer curtains (the ones with the blinds inside) and I couldn’t find any that were deep enough to come out from the wall to fit over my sheers. I decided to ask my husband if he could use gas-line pipe and the corner elbows that are used with the pipes. We used the flanges to attach to the wall, a 12″ pipe coming straight out from that, then the corner elbow(or maybe it’s called a tee) then the width I wanted for my curtains to hang on. I painted finialsm mt husband puta small piece of wood in the end of the pipe and we screwed the finials into the wood. Worked out perfectly. Just another idea for inexpensive curtain rods.

    1. I’ve seen this before! Such a clever idea, and it looks very sleek and polished.

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