I wish I had a dollar every time someone at the home improvement store asks me, “What are planning to do with all that stuff?”. What I really wish is that a had a camera the day the cashier asked me the same thing about all the plumbing parts in my cart. When I told her I was making DIY curtain rods, all she could utter is, “oh”. By the look on her face, it was not an interested “oh”, but an utterly confused “oh”.
I’m definitely not the first to make curtain rods from plumbing parts, and after this tutorial, I’m hoping there will be some of you who will also tackle this DIY project.
- Galvanized floor flanges with a 1/2″ opening
- Galvanized Steel Pipe Nipple 1/2″ diameter x 2″ long (these are threaded on both ends)
- 1/2″ Galvanized 90 degree elbow
- Metal conduit pipe
- Curtain ring clips (you’ll thank me later when you have to take the curtains down to wash them)
I’ll forewarn you, the floor flanges are expensive at the home improvement store. I bought mine much cheaper through Amazon.com! I saved $7/flange this way.
>Here is the link for the flanges on Amazon for $3.50 each after shipping<.
If you don’t need a pack of 5 like I did, these 1/2″ flanges are also available. Free shipping is always a plus.
You might be able to find the parts cheaper at a plumbing supply store, but I didn’t check.
First, you will need to order your 1/2″ galvanized flanges from Amazon since it takes about a week for them to be shipped. Here’s another money saver. Use metal conduit from the electrical section instead of galvanized plumbing pipe. It is also called 1/2″ EMT conduit. The item number at our local Lowes was #118909. The length of metal conduit should be the distance between the elbows plus a 1/2″ on each side so your conduit will fit inside the elbows.
To make things easier, pre-drill your holes for the flanges and install one side of the assembled rod holders. I chose to install my flanges into the studs. Have the other rod holder assembled and slip the pipe on both sides. Have a 2nd person hold things up while you screw in the other side. This is where is helps to have a 6’1″ son. Learn from my mistake…put your curtain ring clips on the pipe before you proceed to hang it! *hits palm to forehead*
For the closet rods, you can hang them this way.
Here are some updated pictures from when I reorganized his closet that give you a better idea how the rods are hung.
For our back porch, I used the real plumbing pipe in black that had to be threaded. They can do this for you in the store, also. Here is a close up of how it is put together.
I had to hang the rods this way because of the string lights. If you would like the link to the string lights, just leave a comment. I adore them! (Update: I found similar string lights on Amazon.com!)
The galvanized flanges, elbows and nipples on the porch had to be primed and spray painted with Rust-oleum’s Hammered Metal in black to match the black pipe. This also has kept it from rusting. By the way, the curtains are drop cloths and have really held up well during this summer’s humidity. I’ve had to wash them once, so far.Leave me a comment if you have made or are planning on making any projects from galvanized plumbing parts!