Can you believe how expensive curtain rods can be? Maybe I’m just a cheapskate but…WOW, they really getcha.
When we picked out our house, (you can read that story here). the first thing that drew me to it was the large windows and all the natural light. But somehow window coverings never crossed my mind. So once we moved in and summer came, the heat came with it. It was time to find something to block that blaring heat.
I have three large areas with windows. So, after brainstorming a couple different ideas. We came up with this easy and inexpensive DIY copper curtain rod.
I really love the look of the copper more than any curtain rods I could find. And best of all it’s inexpensive. Depending on the size of the window the whole project will run you around $30.00. Half the price of the curtain rods I was eyeballing. – and I like this better.
The Materials List
For my 8 foot window
1-10′ section of 1/2 inch copper pipe. $19.98
2- packages of 5/8 inch curtain rod brackets- $4.98 each. Our local hardware store only had 5/8″ and they worked with the 1/2 pipe, just took a little bit to pop them into the brackets. The Packages we got had 2 brackets to each package. I only used 3 for this project.
*Also I should note that I did spray paint these brackets to match the copper pipe. But I already had the spray paint so didn’t count it in the cost.
2- 1/2 inch copper pipe caps. $0.65.
For a Grand total of $31.24 with one bracket to spare.
- Step 1: Measure your window. My Hardware store already had copper pipe in 10′ sections, they were able to order in longer if needed. They are also able to cut the pipe in the store if you need shorter lengths. So, make sure and ask about that. The 10′ section worked great for my 8′ window. I like to have my curtains out farther on either side of my windows.
- Step 2: Spray paint the brackets, be sure to paint from all angles and allow to dry thoroughly
- Step 3: Secure the brackets to the wall with provided screws. Make sure you either use anchors or have something sturdy like a stud to secure your brackets into.
- Step 4: Place caps over the end of the pipe.
- Step 5: This step is totally optional but you can polish the pipe if you would like to remove the red marks and make it shiner. I skipped this step.
- Step 6: Pop the pipe into the brackets and tighten down the thumb screws.
- Step 7: Add your curtains- TA DA, you have an easy inexpensive copper curtain rod! Step back and enjoy your work.
Isn’t it great when you find less expensive, easy solutions to a problem? If DIY decor is what your into check out another post I did on Installing a Faux wood beam.
Whelp see ya!